Paul Keller Ort

Associate He / Him / His

Paul Keller Ort is a member of Ballard Spahr’s Litigation Department, where he practices complex commercial litigation. He is a former summer associate.

Paul recently took second chair at a bench trial in the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas, including argument of two motions in limine, and voir dire and cross-examination of the defense’s expert. In his second year at Ballard, Paul tried a civil rights case to a jury verdict in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Paul’s role included opposing two defense motions for summary judgment, argument of a motion in limine, direct examination of the plaintiff’s chief witness, and closing argument. Paul has also worked on trial teams in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (felony murder defense team pursuing release of a former death-row inmate based on advances in forensic science) and International Chamber of Commerce (breach of contract).

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

Paul represents low-income tenants in Philadelphia’s Municipal Court and Court of Common Pleas—including eviction defense, illegal eviction, and violations of the City’s lead law—in partnership with the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program.

Judicial Externship

Hon. James Donato, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 2016



University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (J.D. 2018)
Order of the Coif

Pomona College (B.A., magna cum laude, 2009)
Phi Beta Kappa



U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. Supreme Court