Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (PMG), a 3,000-square-foot mosaic art gallery and community arts center, will honor Ballard Spahr tomorrow at its annual fundraiser. PMG will recognize the firm for pro bono work it has done for the organization and other arts clients.

Ballard Spahr’s relationship with PMG dates back to 2004. Throughout nearly a decade of representation, 35 Ballard Spahr attorneys have logged nearly 1,400 hours of pro bono work for PMG. They defended against the removal of artist Isaiah Zagar’s sculptures and have offered legal advice on intellectual property rights, tax structure, land use, and incorporation.

“Working with PMG has allowed us to combine our legal skill with the talent and passion of Isaiah Zagar, and the vision of the board and executive director of Philadelphia's Magic Garden,” said Joanne Phillips, a real estate partner who has worked closely with the organization. “It has given us the chance to be a part of a team that is making Philadelphia a more beautiful and interesting place to live, work, and visit. We are proud of the work we have done and honored to be able to help.”

Mr. Zagar began working on the Magic Gardens, his largest work of art, in 1994, when the space was a vacant lot next to his studio. Today, the indoor gallery and outdoor mosaic sculpture garden span three city lots.

Each year, Ballard Spahr attorneys contribute more than 30,000 hours of pro bono legal services to a range of recipients including nonprofit organizations, low-income individuals, and arts groups. Through the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Program, many lawyers across all offices represent artists, musicians, and arts groups, providing representation in intellectual property, contract negotiation, and real estate and tax work. In 2012, Ballard Spahr lawyers dedicated more than 1,600 hours to arts-related pro bono work.

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