Ballard Spahr has been named one of the Top 100 law firms in the nation for diversity. The ranking marks Ballard Spahr's fourth appearance on the annual list. The firm also appears at number 19 in the survey's 2009 listing of "Top 100 Law Firms for Women."

The lists, published by Multicultural Law Magazine, recognize the "pioneering spirit" of law firms committed to diversity and inclusion. The honorees are chosen through a nationwide survey of lawyers and legal professionals.

Ballard Spahr has two female managing partners. Lynn E. Rzonca, who is well known for her work in trademarks, patents, and other intellectual property matters, is the managing partner in Philadelphia. Ms. Rzonca was recently recognized by Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell for her work in the community and within the legal profession. Tobey M. Daluz is the managing partner in the firm's Wilmington office. Ms. Daluz is a member of the litigation department and focuses her practice on bankruptcy, distressed real estate, franchising, and insurance issues.

"Ballard Spahr believes in diversity and strives for inclusion. It helps the firm maintain a wide range of experience, which improves our representation, and it's the right thing to do," said Virginia G. Essandoh, the firm's Director of Diversity. "The true honor for us is the realization each year of just how much the rest of our industry values that same ideal."