David H. Pittinsky, a Ballard Spahr litigation partner known for obtaining precedent-setting wins in high-profile, high-stakes cases, will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Legal Intelligencer. The award is given to practicing attorneys who have made ongoing and exceptional contributions to the legal profession in Pennsylvania.

The Legal Intelligencer said honorees “have collectively moved forward the legal profession in the state, helped foster the legal education of younger attorneys, and stood as examples of some of the best virtues of Pennsylvania attorneys.” Award recipients will be recognized at a dinner on May 29 and featured in a special supplement to The Legal.

“David is widely regarded by clients and his peers in the legal industry as one of the finest trial lawyers in Pennsylvania,” said firm Chair Mark Stewart. “He is a litigator singularly accomplished at his craft, and the Lifetime Achievement Award is further evidence of his professional stature.”

Mr. Pittinsky has more than 40 years of litigation experience, representing global corporations in commercial litigation, trial prosecution and defense, appellate litigation, class action defense, and consumer financial services litigation. Last year, he argued decisive and groundbreaking victories in two separate appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit―on the same day.

In one of the cases, he represented a major insurer that was sued over a widely used method of paying life insurance benefits. The other involved a national bank that was seeking to block final approval of a multimillion-dollar class settlement. Both were matters of first impression.

“In order for a litigator to do his best work, he needs to be surrounded by others who handle matters of the same size and complexity and whose ideas and support he can rely upon,” said Mr. Pittinsky. “I have had the great good fortune to work alongside many of the best litigators in the country during my 20 years at Ballard Spahr. It has been, and continues to be, my pleasure to be here.”

Mr. Pittinsky defends and prosecutes complex commercial, antitrust, federal securities, ERISA, consumer finance, and contract claims commenced in state and federal court and on appeal. He has been recognized by several publications as a leading litigator, including Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America, and Benchmark Litigation.

Mr. Pittinsky is the fourth Ballard Spahr attorney to be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards by The Legal Intelligencer. Past recipients from the firm include former Pennsylvania Governor and current Ballard Spahr Special Counsel Edward G. Rendell; former firm Chair David L. Cohen, now Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation; and former Litigation Department Chair Charisse R. Lillie, the current Vice President of Community Investment for Comcast Corporation and President of the Comcast Foundation.

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