M. Norman Goldberger, Matthew A. White, and Laura E. Krabill, formerly of Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin, have joined the Litigation Department of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP as partners, along with Robyn D. Levitan as of counsel, in the Philadelphia office, Ballard Spahr Chairman Arthur Makadon announced today.

"Norman, Matt, Laura, and Robyn are leaving a terrific litigation department at Hangley to join another terrific department, one with the largest litigation platform they have ever had," Makadon stated. "We have the greatest respect for the Hangley firm, but we could not pass up the opportunity to have them join us."

The addition of Mr. Goldberger, Mr. White, Ms. Krabill, and Ms. Levitan to Ballard Spahr's largest department contributes valuable depth to an already significant practice. "Our securities and commercial litigation practices are natural fits for all of them, and our intellectual property practice is fertile ground for Matt and Laura to expand their IP litigation practice," Mr. Makadon said. "Indeed, this addition makes IP litigation one of our hottest areas."

William A. Slaughter, chair of the Litigation Department, said he is extremely pleased with the addition to the practice. "This group of lawyers makes us even stronger in the area of complex commercial matters and broadens our services to IP clients," he said.

Ballard's newest litigators are equally pleased. "We're thrilled to be joining Ballard's litigation practice and to work with our Ballard colleagues in securities, class action, and other complex litigation," Mr. Goldberger said. "It's an exciting way to start the new year."

Ms. Krabill voiced a similar view, adding that "as a result of Ballard's merger with an IP boutique in Atlanta last summer, the firm's IP practice is growing on a national scale, so there's tremendous opportunity to further grow my patent litigation practice and for Matt to expand his intellectual property litigation practice."

About the Attorneys

M. Norman Goldberger concentrates his practice in a wide variety of complex commercial matters, including securities litigation, consumer fraud class actions, restrictive covenants, derivative actions, internal investigations, False Claims Act litigation, RICO litigation, and issues relating to the availability of insurance coverage for commercial litigation matters. Mr. Goldberger has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as in appellate and trial courts across the country. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and was Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

Laura E. Krabill concentrates her practice in general commercial and intellectual property litigation, including securities fraud, patent infringement, contract/business disputes, and class actions. Ms. Krabill, a licensed patent lawyer, is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center with undergraduate degrees in both electrical and computer engineering from North Carolina State University. Before entering law school, she worked as an engineer at IBM.

Matthew A. White concentrates his practice on the protection of business identity, proprietary information, and corporate structure. Mr. White has broad experience in commercial litigation, including in the areas of federal securities claims, class action defense, intellectual property disputes, complex construction cases, and mergers and acquisitions. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School and is a board and executive committee member of the Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia, serving the organization as general counsel.

Robyn D. Levitan concentrates her practice in complex commercial litigation. She has defended clients against numerous class actions, including consumer fraud and securities actions and also handles employment litigation matters. Ms. Levitan is a graduate of Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law and served as managing editor of the Temple Law Review.