Ballard Spahr wasn't always a primary law firm to DuPont, as it is now. The relationship started in the early '90s, when the late Arthur Makadon made a unique pitch to the DuPont general counsel.

"We basically told DuPont they could just pay us whatever they thought we were worth. That was so dramatic at the time, they took notice, and as a result we were selected as counsel then to do litigation in eastern Pennsylvania. From there it has grown," said Mark Stewart, Chair of Ballard Spahr and relationship partner for DuPont.

That first meeting so favorably impressed then GC Tom Sager that when he recently retired from DuPont, he joined the firm as a partner. "That leap of faith by Ballard, Arthur, Mark and others was something that was endearing to us," said Mr. Sager of the firm's original pitch to DuPont.

Mr. Sager became a Ballard Spahr partner effective September 3, with offices in both Philadelphia and Wilmington. Throughout his career, spent entirely at DuPont until this month, he has been a champion of diversity, having spearheaded the DuPont Legal Model, which he said was "born out of a very dark period" for the company in 1992 when it was "inundated" with mass tort litigation. He told Delaware Law Weekly that DuPont realized that "one-sided relationships never work."

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