A former New Jersey prosecutor is the newest member of Ballard Spahr's white-collar defense and internal investigations practice on both sides of the Delaware River.

The firm has hired R. Stephen Stigall, who was the attorney-in-charge of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Camden, New Jersey. Since the start of his career in 1996, Stigall has alternated between federal law enforcement and private practice.

In his more recent term as a prosecutor, he served as deputy attorney-in-charge from 2009 to 2012, when he was promoted to attorney-in-charge. Before that, he was an assistant U.S. attorney from 2000 to 2007. He was an associate at another AmLaw 100 firm from 1996 to 2000, and a partner there from 2007 to 2009.

"His experience handling FDA-related matters will be particularly beneficial to clients in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries," said Ballard Spahr chairman Mark Stewart.

Ballard Spahr has seen dramatic growth in recent months, having announced two significant mergers in September with Lindquist & Vennum and Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz.

Some of the firm's growth has included individual lateral hires in the white-collar practice. Earlier this year, the firm hired Dennis Burke, a former U.S. attorney for Arizona and senior adviser to the Department of Homeland Security, and David Axelrod, who came from the Philadelphia regional office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In 2016 it added cybercrime prosecutor Edward McAndrew and Peter Hardy, whose white-collar defense practice focused on tax law.

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