Ballard Spahr is recognized as a firm that has made great strides in increasing the number of female equity partners among Pennsylvania’s largest law firms. The firm ranked fourth nationally “among the 174 firms ranked by The American Lawyer based upon percentage of female equity partners.” Women comprise 26 percent of equity partners at Ballard.

The firm has dedicated resources to promote and enhance its efforts in diversity and inclusion. Among those are Virginia G. Essandoh, Chief Diversity Officer; Firm Chair Mark S. Stewart; and Thomas L. Sager, former DuPont General Counsel who joined the firm as a partner in 2014.

Ballard Spahr also focuses on pipeline initiatives and its summer associates program to boost the ranks of its women and diverse attorneys. Its summer associate program this year is overall 37 percent minority and 53 percent female.

“Our hiring program focuses on students who are superbly qualified, and who both will contribute to our community of lawyers and will partner well with our clients,” said John C. Grugan, Philadelphia hiring partner. “This year’s summer class, like our other recent classes, is comprised of students from the top law schools, on those schools’ best journals, who bring a wide diversity of backgrounds and perspectives to the firm. These students not only enrich our community, but also will improve the quality of services we provide to our clients.”

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