Ballard Spahr Partner Steven D. Zansberg has been selected as the "People's Choice" for Best Communications/Media Law Lawyer in voting for Law Week Colorado's annual "Barrister's Best" issue.

The People's Choice Award honors lawyers in various legal practice areas based on votes cast by practicing attorneys and other readers of Law Week Colorado. This year's Barrister's Best listings were published in the October 16 edition. In 2015, Law Week Colorado named Mr. Zansberg "Barrister's Choice," which includes input from the publication's staff, in the Best Communications/Media Law category.

For more than two decades, Mr. Zansberg has represented national news media outlets, online publishers, and individuals in cases involving content, subpoenas, and access to government information and proceedings. He was formerly a partner at the nation's top-ranked First Amendment law firm, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, which merged with Ballard Spahr earlier this month.

"This recognition is especially impressive because it comes from Steve's peers, who have observed him working in the trenches for his clients," said Steven W. Suflas, Managing Partner of Ballard Spahr's Denver and Boulder offices. "Steve's recent addition to the firm, along with his colleagues from Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, gives Ballard Spahr the leading media law practice in the country, with a robust presence in Colorado, and further expands our capabilities in the Rocky Mountain Region and nationally. We are proud to call him our partner."

Mr. Zansberg has prevailed on behalf of news outlets in numerous high-stakes, high-profile cases, including coverage of the Aurora theater shooting, Oklahoma City bombing trials, Kobe Bryant rape prosecution, JonBenét Ramsey murder, and Columbine High School shooting. He has also successfully obtained pretrial dismissals of dozens of libel cases on behalf of local and national media clients.

Mr. Zansberg is an active leader in the national media law bar. His extensive involvement includes serving as President of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, which promotes greater transparency in state and local governments, and as a past Chair of the American Bar Association's Forum on Communications Law. He has taught at the University of Colorado and at the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law.