Lea A. Phillips, an environmental law associate in Ballard Spahr’s Phoenix office, is one of three finalists for the prestigious ATHENA Young Professional Award sponsored by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. ATHENA finalists are chosen for their excellence in business and leadership, dedication to the community, and support and mentorship of other women.

The ATHENA Award, a program of the international ATHENA organization founded by Martha Mertz in 1982, supports, develops, and honors women leaders and pushes them to reach their full potential by invoking the ideals of the Greek goddess of courage, wisdom, arts and science. ATHENA Award recipients will be announced on October 29, 2015, at the 28th Annual Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Awards luncheon.

“I’ve been so impressed with Lea since she joined the firm,” said John Kerkorian, Managing Partner of Ballard Spahr’s Phoenix office. “She consistently delivers legal work that meets the highest professional standards, and demonstrates true compassion and concern for others through her involvement with pro bono and firm projects. She is viewed as a leader by her colleagues and within the community and we are delighted that she has been named a finalist.”

Ms. Phillips is Chair-Elect of the Maricopa County Bar Association Environment and Natural Resources Section, Executive Board, and is a member of the Alumni Advisory Board for Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University (ASU). She has guest lectured at the ASU W.P. Carey School of Business, MBA Program, and co-authored an American Bar Association publication on the regulation of solid waste under the Resource Recovery and Conservation Act.

Within the firm, Ms. Phillips is the national co-leader of Ballard Women Associates and reports directly to Ballard Spahr’s Executive Board on strategies to improve the recruitment, retention, and professional development of women lawyers at the firm. She helped create an educational program on family leave and flex-time policies and a leadership initiative that helps women associates identify and obtain leadership positions in charitable and professional organizations in their communities.

Ms. Phillips graduated magna cum laude from Barrett, the Honors College at ASU, and received her J.D. from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU, graduating in the top of her class. 



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