Statement

A Stand for Voting Rights

Peter Michaud Named Ballard Spahr Chair-Elect: Peter V. Michaud will serve as Chair-Elect until current firm Chair Mark Stewart's fourth and final three-year term ends on Dec. 31, 2023.

From Running Operations to Strategizing, Law Firm Business Chiefs See Elevated Responsibilities: Newly appointed Chief Operating Officer Debra S. Lawrence was interviewed by The American Lawyer for a story about the increasing importance business professionals now play at law firms. “Any chief operating position at an AmLaw 200 firm requires a combination of operational knowledge and skills as well as understanding strategy,” she said.

David Axelrod and Media Team Secure Trial Victory in Palin v. NYT: With trial counsel from Ballard Spahr, The New York Times prevailed in a libel suit by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in a high-stakes case closely watched by the press, politicians, and the public.

What Happens When the CFPB's Funding Question Hits the Supreme Court? When a reporter from American Banker wanted to learn more about what may happen when the latest question about the CFPB's funding lands before the Supreme Court, she spoke to Alan S. Kaplinksy for insight.

The Best of Times, the Worst of Times: Attorneys Reflect on Economic Crises Past: As rumblings of a possible recession grow louder, Valentina Pasquali from Law360 asked real estate and P3/Infrastructure attorneys for their reflections on past times of turbulence.

Amber Heard Retains Ballard Spahr for Appeal of Defamation Verdict: As The Philadelphia Business Journal noted, Amber Heard selected David L. Axelrod and Jay Ward Brown for her appeal of the verdict in a defamation case brought by her former husband.

"Agreements in Principle" in the News—What Are They? As Twitter and Elon Musk tussled over whether he was obligated to make good on his offer to buy the social media platform, a reporter from Gizmodo wanted to learn more about the general nature of the legal issues at play. She spoke to Elizabeth A. Sloan for further information.

 

Securities Cases to Watch in 2023: Ballard Spahr represented Nasdaq in gaining SEC approval for a rule requiring companies listed on the exchange to have a degree of diversity on their boards of directors or explain why they do not. Conservative activists have challenged the rule in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Reuters named the case one of its Securities Cases to Watch in 2023. 

Jury Deliberates in Investor Fraud Trial of Elizabeth Holmes: CNN Business asked Henry E. Hockeimer, Jr., practice leader of Ballard Spahr's White Collar Defense and Internal Investigations Group, about protracted jury deliberations in the trial of former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes and what they might mean.

With Help from Ballard Spahr, a Baltimore Mortuary Becomes an Affordable Creative Arts Hub: Across the country, the work of Ballard Spahr attorneys ensures the continue vibrancy of the communities where they live and work. Baltimore Real Estate Attorneys Alyssa Domzal and Sumbul I. Alam helped a historic Baltimore rowhouse become an "affordable creative hub for art and artists in the Station North Arts District."