Mark Stewart began his legal career at Ballard Spahr as a summer associate 30 years ago. He is now the firm's Chair. Mr. Stewart shared his philosophy on management and the legal industry, and reiterated his deep commitment to implementing programs for minorities and women throughout the firm with MultiCultural Law.

"We are a firm that puts excellent service above everything else and we like working together," said Mr. Stewart, who was the firm's Strategic Planning Partner and Co-Chair of the firm's Diversity Committee before becoming Chair. "What I especially like about being Chair is the license to visit our other offices and partners and get to know them and what they are trying to do for our clients."

Ballard Spahr's elected board is composed of 20 percent women. Three of the firm's offices are managed by minorities, two of them women. Fourteen of the firm's practice areas are led by women and a quarter of Ballard Spahr's partners are women, compared to the national average of 19 percent. As Chair, Mr. Stewart promoted women to key positions, including the promotion of Virginia Essandoh to Chief Diversity Officer.

"I made her part of the management committee. That way, she will have immediate access to the members of the management team," Mr. Stewart said. "This will give her more exposure and she will hear what is going on in other departments and they will hear ideas from her. She is a great asset to our team."