Ballard Spahr and Dechert, major players in the Philadelphia legal community, are getting new leaders on July 1. Ballard Spahr litigation partner Mark S. Stewart will take over as firm Chair from Arthur Makadon, who has held the position since 2002.

Mr. Stewart said he would like to change the perception that Ballard Spahr is a Philadelphia-dominated firm by placing more lawyers from the firm’s other 12 offices in key management roles. He said his biggest challenge will be "continuing to move the firm in a business-like manner while maintaining the culture that brought people to and kept them at the firm."