Ballard Spahr's recent decision to join with boutique law firm Stillman & Friedman in New York City was a strategic move designed to strengthen the combined firms' defense of financial clients being investigated by the New York Office of the Attorney General.

Stillman & Friedman's 14 litigators have substantial experience in such investigations, said Alan S. Kaplinsky, Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's Consumer Financial Services Group.

"Clients have been urging us for years to open a Manhattan office because of the paucity of law firms there that devote significant resources to consumer financial services law, and we are already doing substantial work for clients based in New York," Mr. Kaplinsky said. "The city is home to many of the nation’s major banking institutions, with whom we already have strong relationships, and the New York Attorney General and Department of Financial Services have been aggressively pursuing enforcement actions against the industry."

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