Richard L. Strouse, a former partner in the Labor, Employment and Immigration Group at Ballard Spahr LLP, has been named General Counsel of The Philadelphia Phillies.

Mr. Strouse had been practicing labor law at Ballard Spahr since he graduated from Duke University School of Law in 1981. He begins his new position with The Phillies today.

"The Phillies are known for choosing terrific talent—both on and off the field. In Rick, they have selected an impeccable lawyer who is tremendously likable while holding himself and others to the highest standards, a combination that has a way of making all of those around him elevate their game," Ballard Spahr Chair Arthur Makadon said. "We will miss Rick as our partner, but we look forward to continuing our longstanding relationship with him and with The Phillies."

Mike Stiles, Senior Vice President for Administration and Operations at The Phillies, echoed that sentiment. "The Phillies are extremely pleased to have Rick join us as our new General Counsel," Mr. Stiles said. "Rick was chosen from a group of outstanding candidates. We look forward to his bringing the same excellence of service to The Phillies as a full-time employee that he provided when representing us at Ballard."

Mr. Strouse was one of more than 50 attorneys in the firm's Labor, Employment and Immigration Group. The group handles management relations and assists clients with a variety of workplace and employment matters, including those involving litigation.

"Rick is the envy of every lawyer at Ballard and not just those, of whom there are many, who are avid baseball fans," Mr. Makadon said. "He has a dream job at one of the premier organizations in all of sports, and we are thrilled at his well-deserved good fortune."

"I have had the good fortune of working in a class organization for the last 29 years, and I now have the good fortune to go work for another class organization," Mr. Strouse said. "Working for The Phillies really is my dream job, and I am very excited by this opportunity."

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