Many Pennsylvania law firms are still growing, but not necessarily within the state. Several firms grew their presences by acquiring smaller firms and expanding out of state.

In 2017, Ballard Spahr saw increases in revenue and partner profits, as well as announcing two major mergers. Ballard Spahr acquired Minneapolis-based firm Lindquist & Vennum as well as Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz. Both mergers were announced in the fall of 2017 and took effect in the beginning of 2018.

Firm Chairman Mark Stewart said results from 2017 were "better than we had expected" and that the real estate, litigation, and public finance groups were especially profitable.

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