After being relatively quiet on the M&A front over the past few years, Ballard Spahr, chaired by Mark Stewart, came back from the Labor Day weekend by agreeing to acquire Minneapolis-based Lindquist & Vennum, a more than 110-lawyer firm with locations in Denver and Sioux Falls, S.D. A week later, it added prominent media law boutique Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz and 25 more lawyers to the fold.

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