Ballard Spahr announced today that it has 83 leading attorneys and 24 leading practices in this year's Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business rankings.

In the national practice area, Ballard Spahr was ranked in the highest band in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance). The firm also was recognized for Capital Markets: REITs and for Franchising. In the state categories, two practices received the highest band ranking: Real Estate, Pennsylvania; and Real Estate, Maryland.

Twenty-one additional practices were recognized as leading practices in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Utah. This year, Ballard Spahr earned its first ranking for Corporate M&A, Maryland; Environment, Arizona; and Franchising (nationwide).

Chambers' annual rankings are compiled through client interviews, peer reviews, and independent research. The rankings reflect criteria considered most valued by clients, including legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness, diligence, and value.

Ballard Spahr 2011 Chambers USA Leading Practices

National
Capital Markets: REITs
Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance) (Band 1)
Franchising

Arizona
Corporate/M&A
Environment (including water rights)

Colorado
Litigation: General Commercial
Real Estate

Georgia
Intellectual Property

Maryland
Corporate/M&A
Real Estate

Nevada
Real Estate

New Jersey
Environment
Labor & Employment
Real Estate

Pennsylvania
Antitrust
Banking and Finance
Corporate/M&A and Private Equity
Environment
Intellectual Property
Labor & Employment
Litigation: General Commercial
Real Estate

Utah
Corporate/M&A
Real Estate

Ballard Spahr 2011 Chambers USA "Leaders in Their Fields"

Business and Finance

P. Christian Anderson, Corporate/M&A (Utah)
Barbara Bagnasacco, Corporate/M&A (Utah)
Richard J. Braemer, Corporate M&A and Private Equity (Pennsylvania)
Bill Curran, Gaming & Licensing (Nevada)
Brian D. Doerner, Corporate/M&A and Private Equity (Pennsylvania)
Douglas M. Fox, Corporate/M&A (Maryland)
Carl H. Fridy, Banking & Finance (Pennsylvania)
Gerald J. Guarcini, Corporate/M&A: Securities (Pennsylvania)
Alan S. Kaplinsky, Banking & Finance: Mainly Regulatory (Pennsylvania); Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance) (Nationwide)
Robert C. Kim, Corporate/Commercial (Nevada)
Justin P. Klein, Corporate/M&A and Private Equity (Pennsylvania); Corporate/M&A: Securities (Pennsylvania)
Edward I. Leeds, Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation (Pennsylvania)
Karen C. McConnell, Corporate/M&A (Arizona)
Kim I. McCullough, Franchising (Nationwide)
Steven M. Miller, Banking & Finance (Pennsylvania)
Charles R. Moran, Capital Markets: REITs (Nationwide) and Corporate/M&A (Maryland)
Richard S. Perelman, Banking & Finance (Pennsylvania)
Brian M. Pinheiro, Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation (Pennsylvania)
Jeremy T. Rosenblum, Banking & Finance, Mainly Regulatory (Pennsylvania); Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance) (Nationwide)
David R. Rudd, Corporate/M&A (Utah)
John L. Ruppert, Corporate/M&A (Colorado)
Howard H. Shafferman, Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation) (Nationwide)
Dena E. Wiggins, Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation) (Nationwide)
Adrienne W. Wilhoit, Corporate/M&A (Arizona)

Intellectual Property

Hara K. Jacobs, Intellectual Property (Pennsylvania)
Mitchell A. Katz, Intellectual Property (Georgia)
Gregory J. Kirsch, Intellectual Property (Georgia)
William H. Needle, Intellectual Property (Georgia)
Lawrence K. Nodine, Intellectual Property (Georgia)
Sumner C. Rosenberg, Intellectual Property (Georgia)
Lynn E. Rzonca, Intellectual Property (Pennsylvania)

Litigation

Brendan K. Collins, Environment (Pennsylvania)
Tobey M. Daluz, Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Delaware)
Shannon D. Farmer, Labor & Employment (Pennsylvania)
David S. Fryman, Labor & Employment (Pennsylvania)
Mark R. Gaylord, Litigation: General Commercial (Utah)
Donald J. Goldberg, Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Pennsylvania)
M. Norman Goldberger, Litigation: Securities (Pennsylvania)
Glenn A. Harris, Environment (New Jersey)
Henry E. Hockeimer, Jr., Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Pennsylvania)
Kenneth M. Jarin, Labor & Employment (Pennsylvania)
Stephen J. Kastenberg, Litigation: General Commercial (Pennsylvania)
John B. Kearney, Litigation: General Commercial (New Jersey)
Denise M. Keyser, Labor & Employment (New Jersey)
John B. Langel, Labor & Employment (Pennsylvania)
Arthur Makadon, Litigation: General Commercial (Pennsylvania)
Vincent J. Marriott III, Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Pennsylvania)
Robert B. McKinstry, Jr., Climate Change (Nationwide); Environment (Pennsylvania)
Brian D. Pedrow, Labor & Employment (Pennsylvania)
David H. Pittinsky, Litigation: General Commercial (Pennsylvania)
Patricia A. Smith, Labor & Employment (New Jersey)
Lee A. Storey, Environment (including Water Rights) (Arizona); Environment: Water Rights (Arizona)
Steven W. Suflas, Labor & Employment (New Jersey)
Roger P. Thomasch, Litigation: General Commercial (Colorado)
Glenn L. Unterberger, Environment (Pennsylvania)
Neal Walters, Products Liability & Mass Torts (Nationwide)
Harry R. Weiss, Environment (Pennsylvania)

Real Estate

Lynn R. Axelroth, Real Estate (Pennsylvania)
David A. Barksdale, Real Estate (Nevada)
Thomas G. Bennett, Real Estate (Utah)
Barbara A. Casey, Real Estate (New Jersey)
W. Michael Clowdus, Real Estate: Hotels & Leisure (Colorado)
Bill Curran, Real Estate: Zoning and Land Use (Nevada)
Dominic J. De Simone, Real Estate (Pennsylvania)
Mark S. DePillis, Real Estate (Pennsylvania)
John D. DiTullio, Real Estate: Zoning & Land Use (Arizona)
Nicole C. Evans, Real Estate (Utah)
Morton P. Fisher, Jr., Real Estate (Maryland)
David B. Gifford, Real Estate (Pennsylvania)
Richard R. Goldberg, Real Estate (Pennsylvania)
Marci I. Gordon, Real Estate (Maryland)
Philip B. Korb, Real Estate (Pennsylvania)
Jon M. Laria, Real Estate: Land Use (Maryland)
Tina R. Makoulian, Real Estate (Pennsylvania)
Matthew N. McClure, Real Estate (Pennsylvania)
Bart I. Mellits, Real Estate (Pennsylvania) 
Steven D. Peterson, Real Estate (Utah)
Mark Pollak, Real Estate (Maryland)
Beverly J. Quail, Real Estate (Colorado)
Alan S. Ritterband, Real Estate (Pennsylvania)
Michael Sklaroff, Real Estate (Pennsylvania); Real Estate: Zoning & Land Use (Pennsylvania)
Neil Sklaroff, Real Estate: Zoning & Land Use (Pennsylvania)
Raymond G. Truitt, Real Estate (Maryland)
Roger D. Winston, Real Estate (Maryland)