For the fifth time, Ballard Spahr has been named one of the country's Top 100 law firms for diversity. The firm also has made its second consecutive appearance on a national listing of the Top 100 firms for women.

The designations were awarded by MultiCultural Law magazine, which surveys firms across the country to determine their commitments to "ensuring diversity and inclusion in the legal profession."

In addition to comparatively high percentages of both minority and female partners, Ballard Spahr has two offices managed by female partners—Lynn E. Rzonca in Philadelphia and Tobey M. Daluz, who is a woman of color, in Wilmington. One of the three most recently elected female partners is a woman of color, and the firm was previously recognized for its high percentage of women equity partners by Diversity & The Bar magazine.

Ballard Spahr also achieved a 100 percent rating in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2010 Corporate Equality Index in recognition of the firm's benefits and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) employees and their families. The Foundation also named Ballard Spahr one of the "Best Places to Work."

"We are honored to be recognized for the pursuit of one of our most important goals," said Virginia G. Essandoh, Director of Diversity. "We know that our diversity enhances the depth of experience we can draw on to serve a diverse client base, and we are absolutely committed to furthering diversity within in our offices and our profession."


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