Ballard Spahr has been named a “Pennsylvania Powerhouse” and a “New Jersey Powerhouse” by Law360 for its strong regional presence and the noteworthy legal work of attorneys in the firm’s Philadelphia and New Jersey offices. Law360 selected Ballard Spahr as part of its inaugural Top Regional Law Firms survey, based on submissions highlighting matters handled by both offices over the past two years.

“We are fortunate to have an abundance of outstanding talent in our Pennsylvania and New Jersey offices,” said firm Chair Mark Stewart. “The client relationships our attorneys have cultivated over the years and the winning results they have achieved are a testament to our strength in both markets.”

Founded in 1885, Ballard Spahr was one of Pennsylvania’s first law firms. The firm has since grown to more than 500 attorneys in 14 offices nationwide, with 203 lawyers in Philadelphia, its largest office. The firm opened its New Jersey office, which has 22 attorneys, in 1999.

“Our expansion into New Jersey has paid tremendous dividends over the past 15 years,” said Steven W. Suflas, Managing Partner of Ballard Spahr’s New Jersey office. “This office has grown into a successful statewide practice that also serves our clients nationally, with deep bench strength in areas that include products liability, labor and employment, commercial litigation, real estate, and environmental law.”

The Law360 submissions for both offices highlighted work done for industry-leading clients across the country on a range of matters in business and finance, litigation, intellectual property, public finance, and real estate. Examples in Pennsylvania include: 

  • Representing the City of Philadelphia in the sale of Philadelphia Gas Works—the nation’s last municipally owned utility—to UIL Holdings Corporation (UIL) for $1.86 billion 

  • Assisting in closing a landmark multimillion-dollar "public-public partnership" transaction for the Lehigh County Authority that was hailed by The Bond Buyer as Northeast Region Deal of the Year 

  • Advising DuPont in the sale of Glass Laminating Solutions/Vinyls, a part of DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers, to Kuraray for $543 million, plus the value of its inventories

Examples of significant matters handled by the New Jersey office include: 

  • Successfully defending Kia Motors America, Inc., against the post-trial claims of more than 8,000 class members in a case of unique significance to consumer product class action jurisprudence. The class members were vehicle owners who purchased Kia Sephia automobiles and alleged consumer fraud and breach of warranty causes of action based on alleged brake defects. 

  • Representing a distributor of waterworks, fire protection, and OEM products in 19 individual—but now consolidated—class action complaints. Ballard Spahr obtained dismissal of indirect purchaser actions alleging price-fixing and monopolization in the sale of ductile iron pipe fittings. 

  • Persuading the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to grant DuPont’s petition to overturn a National Labor Relations Board ruling that the company had made unlawful unilateral changes to its corporate-wide medical and benefits plans while in the midst of contract negotiations with labor unions at two of its plants.

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