Some attorneys were born for courtroom drama, and others for practice areas that include more paper.

John Kerkorian, managing partner of Ballard Spahr’s Phoenix office, is the courtroom kind of attorney. "I like the competition of it," Kerkorian said of his bent toward litigation and the courtroom. "I wanted to try cases."

The Phoenix office, which has 37 attorneys, is celebrating its 10th year in Phoenix. In the spirit of giving and to celebrate that milestone, the firm has donated $125,000 to Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor’s School of Law for a Diversity Scholarship. The first $25,000 grant will be available in the fall.

Although he is busy with internal firm duties, Kerkorian still enjoys the litigation involved in his legal practice.

"I like the strategy and analysis of trying to win," Kerkorian said from his office a Ballard’s CityScape offices in downtown Phoenix.

Kerkorian’s legal work includes cases involving contract breaches, trade secrets, business terminations, employment disputes and commercial corporate acquisitions. There’s another acquisition that’s high on his list—increasing name recognition for Ballard Spahr.

"Our 130-year-old firm’s roots are on the East Coast where Ballard Spahr is very well-known," he said. "We have been in Phoenix for 10 years, but some in the business community don’t know us yet. We are focused on changing that."

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