In honor of the enormous contribution Arthur Makadon has made to Ballard Spahr as a storied litigator and as firm Chair for nine years, the firm has established the Arthur Makadon Appellate Advocacy Program at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Mr. Makadon will step down as Ballard Spahr Chair on June 30 and that position will be assumed by noted Ballard Spahr litigator Mark Stewart. Mr. Makadon will return full time to his active litigation practice, which focuses on white collar criminal, antitrust, and complex commercial matters for clients worldwide.

Penn Law School’s goal is to establish the finest appellate advocacy program in the nation. The school will use Ballard Spahr’s gift to support teaching positions, invest in new technology, and expand faculty and student participation in moot court competitions around the world. Students involved in the program will be known as Makadon Fellows.

“The people I met at Penn Law School as a student and a teacher have influenced my life and career in the most profound way,” said Mr. Makadon. “To now have this ongoing association with the law school makes me very proud. I personally can think of no better gift from my partners and no more worthy recipient than Penn Law School.”

“Penn Law will use Ballard Spahr’s generous gift to build on our existing programs and expertise to create the finest appellate advocacy program in the nation,” said Michael A. Fitts, Dean of Penn Law. “We are immensely grateful to Ballard Spahr for this wonderful gift, which will serve as a testament to the skills and professional dedication of Arthur Makadon.”

During Mr. Makadon’s tenure as Chair, Ballard Spahr opened seven new offices and helped the firm establish a strong national presence. Mr. Makadon also oversaw the acquisition of Atlanta-based intellectual property firm Needle & Rosenberg in 2008, giving the firm a foothold in the Southeast.

“The firm’s gift to Penn Law School recognizes both the immeasurable contribution Arthur has made to Ballard Spahr as a partner and Chair and the passion he brings to written and oral advocacy,” Mr. Stewart said. “Many lawyers at the firm met Arthur, as I did, while studying appellate advocacy at Penn and came to Ballard because of him. Through this program, his influence will continue to be felt by generations of students at Penn Law.”

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