Ballard Spahr LLP has pulled in three intellectual property lawyers from Gallagher & Kennedy PA to expand its IP litigation team. Brian W. LaCorte and Donna H. Catalfio have signed on with the firm’s Phoenix office as partners, and Andrea L. Stone has joined as an associate.

Mr. LaCorte said he and the other two attorneys recognized that being part of a quality national firm was important for representing significant clients, particularly in patent litigation, and that they have long admired Ballard Spahr’s group of attorneys in Phoenix and nationally. “We thought it was just the perfect fit for our practice with what Ballard is developing in the West and has already established in Atlanta and Philadelphia,” Mr. LaCorte said.