Stephanie L. Franklin-Suber, a Ballard Spahr Business and Finance Department partner known nationally for her pioneering work in complex New Markets Tax Credit transactions and other types of community and economic development projects, has been named to the Philadelphia Business Journal's 2010 list of "Women of Distinction."

Ms. Franklin-Suber is one of 25 women leaders selected by a panel of judges for their outstanding professional accomplishments and contributions to the Philadelphia community. Award recipients will be honored at a banquet at the Sheraton City Center on November 30 and profiled in a special section of the Business Journal.

"I am honored to be included in such a talented and accomplished group of women," said Ms. Franklin-Suber. "I have had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of exciting and challenging projects in Philadelphia and throughout the country. It is very gratifying to help bring those projects from planning to completion."

Before joining Ballard Spahr, Ms. Franklin-Suber was Chief of Staff for Mayor John F. Street, making her one of the highest-ranking women ever to serve in a Philadelphia mayoral administration. She also has served as City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia under then-Mayor Edward G. Rendell. In addition, she was an associate and partner in another major Philadelphia law firm as well as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and to the Honorable Clifford Scott Green, United States District for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Brian Doerner, Chairman of the Business and Finance Department at Ballard Spahr, said, "Stephanie's broad legal skills, ability, and commitment to client service make her a terrific lawyer. We are fortunate to have her as part of our team, and congratulate her on this well-deserved recognition."

Ms. Franklin-Suber is active in many civic, community and professional associations. She is pro bono counsel to non-profit organizations, including Teenshop, Inc and Black Women in Sport Foundation. She served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau and is a member of the National Alumnae Council for The Springside School in Chestnut Hill. She is a former President of The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, Inc. and a former member of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. She served on the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association Business Law Section and as a member of the Board of Governors of the National Bar Association.

She is also nationally known for her work in diversity in the legal profession, having served several years as Chair of the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity Minority Counsel Program. She also served as Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association Committee on Minorities in the Profession and is a Founding Member of the African-American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.