Seven Ballard Spahr attorneys have been named partners, effective July 1, firm Chair Mark Stewart announced today. The new partners are based in the firm’s offices in Atlanta, Las Vegas, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, and Washington, D.C. They include an intellectual property attorney, two litigators, two business and finance attorneys, and two real estate attorneys.

“This is a big day for our new partners, the clients they serve, and the firm,” Mr. Stewart said. “Their commitment to excellence is apparent in everything they do and has enabled them to form remarkable alliances with clients and to make important contributions to the firm's success."

Ballard Spahr’s new partners are:

Charley F. Brown, Atlanta

Mr. Brown is a registered patent attorney with an extensive background in the electrical arts, software, and biosciences. He focuses on patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret litigation; patent prosecution; client counseling; and opinion work.

Michael R. Carroll, New Jersey

Mr. Carroll handles product liability and commercial litigation matters, including the representation of consumer product companies, motor vehicle manufacturers, and component part suppliers in class action litigation, personal injury cases, and commercial disputes.

Cristina Coronado, Salt Lake City

Ms. Coronado concentrates on real estate development, zoning and entitlements, leasing, and sales and acquisitions. She counsels developers of retail projects, mixed-use projects, and resorts. She also advises buyers and sellers of commercial projects and raw land.

Mary Croft, Philadelphia

Ms. Croft focuses primarily on real estate finance, including balance sheet and CMBS loans. She is known for her work in syndicated subscription facilities and lines of credit to private equity firms and real estate investment trusts. She also has extensive experience in construction lending.

Gregory L. Seltzer, Philadelphia

Mr. Seltzer, an MBA and CPA, focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, and intellectual property licensing transactions. He has substantial experience handling distribution, development, supply, and manufacturing agreements for life sciences and technology companies.

Mercedes Kelley Tunstall, Washington, D.C.

Ms. Tunstall works with financial institutions on issues relating to new technologies, including mobile, social media, and emerging payments. She also is Practice Leader of the Privacy and Data Security Group and advises clients in many industries on cybersecurity and privacy matters.

Abran Vigil, Las Vegas

Mr. Vigil focuses on commercial litigation, with an emphasis on contested regulatory proceedings, crisis management, trade practice disputes, business torts, and covenants not to compete. He also represents the insurance industry in non-claims litigation and regulatory matters.