The Atlanta office of Ballard Spahr has gained its first non-intellectual property attorney. Christopher Willis, a commercial litigator who represents banks and consumer finance companies in class actions and other cases involving consumers, joined the firm on August 1. Ballard Spahr is nationally recognized for the strength of its Consumer Financial Services practice.

“We’re happy that Chris has blazed the trail for us. Hopefully, we will be able to entice other non-IP lawyers to also consider Ballard,” said Atlanta partner William Needle, who chairs the firm’s IP practice.

Consumer finance litigation is an increasingly busy area of the law, particularly following passage of the Dodd-Frank Act and the establishment of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. “I really enjoy it,” Mr. Willis said. “The cases tend to be complicated. It’s a very heavily regulated area with an interlocking network of state and federal statutes.”

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