Ballard Spahr partner Gina Maisto Smith has assembled a team of experts to assist the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's investigation of nearly 30 suspended priests. Ms. Smith said she expects the team to finish their digging within nine months. "These cases at their core are very complex," she said in an interview last week. "They often involve word against word, a delay in reporting, difficult psychological issues on both sides, and allegations typically not supported by physical evidence."

Among her team members working on the case is Ballard Spahr partner John Grugan, as well as other lawyers from the firm.