Varied perspectives drive insightful counsel. Ballard Spahr is dedicated to creating a vibrant community where the needs, perspectives, and contributions of people from all backgrounds are valued and integrated.

We create diversity through recruiting, maintain it through inclusion, support it with our many affinity groups, and advance it through partnerships with clients and community. Full access to opportunity is more than good business strategy—it's the right thing to do.

Over the past year, we've been recognized by publications and community organizations throughout the country for the success of our Diversity and Inclusion efforts. While we pledge to continue raising the bar for ourselves, it is our pleasure to share our latest good news:

  • A 2017 report by The American Lawyer puts Ballard Spahr sixth among all major law firms nationwide for its percentage of women equity partners. More than 25 percent of our equity partners are women, compared to the national average of just 16 percent. The 2018 Law360 Glass Ceiling Report took it a step further. They began their study by excluding law firms with below-average female representation. Of those that remained, Ballard Spahr was ranked as one of the top five firms in the country for its percentage of women lawyers, both partner and non-partner.
  • Ballard Spahr ranks among the best law firms in the country for minority attorneys, according to Law360's 2018 Diversity Snapshot. Law360 surveyed more than 300 American law firms and ranked us in the top 10 for minority attorneys among comparably sized firms.
  • We were proud to receive a perfect rating in the 2018 edition of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation's Corporate Equality Index. The rating recognizes Ballard Spahr's benefits and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer employees and their families. HRC is the country’s largest civil rights organization dedicated to achieving LGBTQ equality. Our non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, and engagement with the LGBTQ community earned us a "Best Place to Work" designation.
  • For the eighth consecutive year, Ballard Spahr was awarded Gold Standard Certification by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) for its high percentage of female leaders as well as its outstanding promotion and compensation practices. Thirty percent of our practice groups are led by women, and female partners make up half of our compensation committee. In addition, more than 17 percent of our equity partners are women of color and about 7 percent are LGBTQ women.

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