As part of its plan for boosting its litigation presence in the West, Ballard Spahr LLP, a Pennsylvania-based law firm, hired three high-profile intellectual property litigators to join its operations in Phoenix. The three new Ballard Spahr IP litigators, who were previously working at Gallagher & Kennedy in Phoenix, are Brian W. LaCorte, Donna H. Catalfio, and Andrea L. Stone. Ballard Spahr has been expanding in the past months. In November, the firm opened a new office in San Diego, to handle white collar defense and corporate investigations.