Ballard Spahr retired partner Lila G. Roomberg will receive the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession. Her colleague, Lynn E. Rzonca, managing partner of the firm's Philadelphia office, has been named the recipient of this year's Lynette Norton Award. Both awards will be presented May 12 at the commission's annual conference in Hershey, PA.

Ms. Roomberg has been a commission member since its creation in 1993 and is a member of its executive council. She will be honored for dedication to advancing opportunities for women in the law.

"For decades, Lila has served as a role model, mentor, and leader of the profession and, perhaps most importantly, offered wise counsel to women striving to combine demanding careers with family responsibilities," said Shelley R. Goldner, co-chair of the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession.

The commission previously honored Ms. Roomberg with its Anne X. Alpern Award, which recognizes excellence in the profession and significant professional impact on women in the law. Ms. Roomberg was the first woman partner at Ballard Spahr. The firm is now nationally recognized for its high percentage of women equity partners.

Ms. Rzonca will receive the commission's Norton Award in recognition of her litigation skills and mentoring and encouragement of female lawyers. She is a partner in Ballard Spahr's Litigation and Intellectual Property Departments and one of only a handful of women to serve as managing partner at an Am Law 100 firm. She assists young women attorneys in the firm through its BALLARD WOMEN affinity group and co-chairs the Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession's Mentoring Task Force.

Ms. Rzonca serves on the board of directors for the Juvenile Law Center of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

In 2009, Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell named Ms. Rzonca among Pennsylvania's Best 50 Women in Business. That same year, the Philadelphia Business Journal named her a winner of its "Women of Distinction" Award.

Ms. Rzonca has been recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America in the field of intellectual property law. Philadelphia Magazine named her "Best Mentor" in its "Best of Philly" issue.

"It is a high honor to receive the Lynette Norton Award," said Ms. Rzonca. "Lynette Norton helped found the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession, a group whose impact and importance continues to grow. Like Lynette, I am committed to helping women lawyers define and achieve their full potential."