Ballard Spahr partner Tom Sager will receive the Lawyers of Color Legacy Award tonight at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes Mr. Sager’s exceptional career and efforts to advance diversity in the legal profession.

Mr. Sager has also been named to Lawyers of Color's Annual Power List, a comprehensive catalog of the country's most influential minority attorneys and non-minority legal diversity advocates, including corporate general counsel, law firm managing partners, law school deans, and high-ranking government attorneys.

Before joining Ballard Spahr in September, Mr. Sager spent nearly four decades with DuPont Co., where he finished his tenure as General Counsel. Mr. Sager helped pioneer the DuPont Convergence and Law Firm Partnering Program—or DuPont Legal Model—which has become a benchmark in the industry and has received national acclaim for its innovative approach to the business of practicing law. The program redefined the way in which law firms measure success, encourage creativity and collaboration, increase efficiency, and retain and promote women and minorities.

Mr. Sager also helped to found the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). Today, as one of the nation’s leading professional affinity associations, MCCA advocates for the hiring, retention, and promotion of minority attorneys in corporate legal departments and law firms that work for them.

At DuPont, Mr. Sager oversaw significant litigation involving governmental investigations, product liability, environmental disputes, toxic torts, labor and employment, securities, antitrust, and tax issues. At Ballard Spahr, he uses his experience steering the legal department of a Fortune 100 global corporation, to provide insight into various practices at the firm, including litigation, internal investigations, environmental issues, and mergers and acquisitions.

In the fall of 2014, the Philadelphia Business Journal and The American Lawyer honored Mr. Sager with their Lifetime Achievement Awards. He was recognized by The National Law Journal in 2010 as one of the 40 most influential attorneys and was featured in The American Lawyer as one of the Top 50 Legal Innovators.


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