Former Ballard Spahr Chair Arthur Makadon died on July 24 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, of lung cancer. Mr. Makadon, former chief assistant district attorney in Philadelphia under Arlen Specter and one of former Gov. Edward Rendell's most trusted advisers, was long known as a major force in both the legal world and the political world in Philadelphia.

Mr. Makadon's successor as Ballard Spahr Chair, Mark Stewart, spoke of Mr. Makadon's skill as a leader and as a litigator: "He was at the top of his craft, as good a litigator as you could find. He saw things that most of us don't see, and that allowed him to be not only a successful litigator but a tremendous leader."

Gov. Rendell cited Mr. Makadon's considerable charisma and courage, stating, "He feared no one and nothing. If he believed his cause was right, he didn't care who he was going up against. He was crazy good and always fought like a tiger."

As Chair of the firm, Mr. Makadon was responsible for a great deal of Ballard Spahr's growth into a national presence, as well as the opening of its Atlanta, Phoenix, and Los Angeles offices. He continued to be a "go-to" lawyer, particularly in the areas of white collar defense and internal investigations, and maintained close professional relationships with many of Philadelphia's movers and shakers up till the end of his life.


Edward G. Rendell
Mark Stewart