Six Ballard Spahr partners from offices throughout the country have been named 2014 Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers in America, regarded as one of the definitive guides to the country's leading attorneys. Only a single attorney in each practice area in each community received the designation.

Each year, Best Lawyers conducts extensive surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their peers. The lawyers named Lawyer of the Year received particularly high ratings among their peers for their legal abilities, professionalism, and integrity. The annual guide is published by Woodward/White, Inc.

The following is a list of Ballard Spahr’s 2014 Lawyers of the Year:

Brian D. Doerner, Philadelphia Lawyer of the Year for Securities/Capital Markets Law, is Practice Leader of the Life Sciences and Technology Group. Mr. Doerner has extensive experience representing both public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, cross-border transactions, and general corporate matters. He has handled numerous private placements, private equity transactions, initial public offerings, secondary and follow-on offerings, tender offers, and 144A transactions.

Carl H. Fridy, Philadelphia Lawyer of the Year for Equipment Finance Law, is Practice Leader of the Transactional Finance Group. Mr. Fridy has significant experience in secured and unsecured commercial lending, real estate and construction finance, letter-of-credit-backed and other tax-exempt bond financings, and the workout and restructuring of troubled loans. His principal clients are commercial banks, but he is also experienced in representing corporate clients in sophisticated financing transactions.

Julian W. Friedman, New York Lawyer of the Year for Administrative/Regulatory Law, has more than 30 years of experience in complex commercial litigation and securities industry regulatory and administrative investigations and proceedings. Mr. Friedman regularly represents clients before federal and state courts in New York and elsewhere, governmental agencies, and securities and commodities industry self-regulatory organizations.

Justin P. Klein, Philadelphia Lawyer of the Year for Mergers and Acquisitions Law, is a respected corporate counselor in the areas of securities and corporate governance. Mr. Klein advises publicly and privately held companies on diverse securities matters, including day-to-day corporate governance and other transactional matters. His practice also encompasses representation of other firms in the securities industry, including investment advisers, banks, and investment companies.

Karen C. McConnell, Phoenix Lawyer of the Year for Mergers and Acquisitions Law, is Practice Leader of the Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity Group. Ms. McConnell is known for her work in the areas of corporate and securities law, with emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and private equity investment transactions. Over the last decade, she has represented buyers and sellers in more than 300 asset- and stock-based transactions.

Roger P. Thomasch, Denver Lawyer of the Year for Litigation – Banking and Finance, is Managing Partner of Ballard Spahr's Denver office. Mr. Thomasch has concentrated his practice in the trial of business cases for more than 40 years and has appeared before courts throughout the country. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has tried to verdict virtually every type of business and commercial case.

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Business and Finance
Commercial Litigation
Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity
Securities Enforcement and Litigation
Transactional Finance