Ballard Spahr has been named national Law Firm of the Year for Public Finance in the U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers rankings for 2017 in recognition of its outstanding overall performance in that area.

Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous process that includes client evaluations and peer review by leading attorneys in the field. Top firms are then ranked by practice within each metropolitan area and nationally, based on skills, capacity, responsiveness, integrity, and cost-effectiveness. Only one firm is selected as national Firm of the Year in each practice area.

"It's certainly an honor for us to be recognized as the Public Finance Practice of the Year for 2017," said William C. Rhodes, Chair of Ballard Spahr's Public Finance Department. "It is a testament to the skill and dedication of our lawyers and staff, and the positive results we achieve time and again for our clients. We appreciate that recognition."

Ballard Spahr’s Public Finance Department comprises nearly 60 attorneys across the country. They represent governments and quasi-governmental authorities, nonprofit organizations, investment banks, and banking institutions in virtually every type of bond transaction. The department is also one of the nation's most active, having participated in the issuance of more than $350 billion of tax-exempt obligations in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, and American territories.

In addition to Public Finance law, U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers ranks 16 other Ballard Spahr practices in National Tier 1 for 2017. They are:

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Copyright Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Litigation – Banking & Finance
  • Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • Litigation – Environmental
  • Litigation – Intellectual Property
  • Litigation – Real Estate
  • Patent Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trademark Law

In addition, 72 Ballard Spahr practices were recognized in the Metropolitan Tier 1 rankings in 11 U.S. locations (Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, Las Vegas, New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Diego, and Washington, D.C.).

Earlier this year, 119 Ballard Spahr attorneys throughout the country were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

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