Ballard Spahr is again expanding its litigation capability in the West, this time with the addition of three noted intellectual property litigators in its Phoenix office, firm Chair Arthur Makadon announced. The move comes two months after the firm opened a second California office, in San Diego, focused on white collar defense and corporate investigations.

Brian W. LaCorte, joining Ballard Spahr as a partner, has represented an impressive roster of high-profile clients, including Go Daddy, in a variety of intellectual property litigation and transactional matters. Donna H. Catalfio, who also joins as a partner, is a registered patent attorney and handles intellectual property litigation matters and an extensive range of licensing matters. Andrea L. Stone, a registered patent attorney, joins Ballard Spahr as an associate. The team comes to Ballard Spahr from Gallagher & Kennedy in Phoenix.

"The addition of this exceptional group of litigators is another important step in the expansion of our IP litigation practice; they add depth and geographic reach to the practice and bring a level of experience clients look for," Mr. Makadon said. "Our lawyers in Phoenix have the highest regard for Brian's team, so we are delighted to welcome them as our colleagues."

The attorneys in Ballard Spahr's Intellectual Property Department help clients worldwide to identify, secure, and protect innovations. They litigate matters in federal and state courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and administrative tribunals worldwide. They also advise on patent, trademark, copyright, Internet, licensing, and trade dress matters; offer strategic due diligence; and work with early stage growth companies and entrepreneurs in commercializing assets.

Said William H. Needle, Chair of Ballard Spahr's Intellectual Property Department, "Our intellectual property practice is fortunate to have a wide range of clients from coast to coast. The addition of this team to Phoenix further solidifies our national range and makes us more personally available to clients in the West."

"The depth of Ballard's IP practice, and the fact that it has so much to offer clients across the board, is what drew us to the firm," Mr. LaCorte said. "We look forward to being a part of the team."