Ballard Spahr lawyers Tobey M. Daluz, Emilie R. Ninan, and Lucretia C. Clemons will be honored today by the Pennsylvania Diversity Council at the annual Philadelphia Diversity and Leadership Conference. Ms. Clemons has been named to the Most Powerful and Influential Women list, while Ms. Daluz and Ms. Ninan are both receiving the Leadership Excellence in Law Award. The conference dinner will feature keynote speaker General Colin L. Powell, former Secretary of State.

Ms. Clemons is one of 17 of Philadelphia’s Most Powerful and Influential Women. Women were chosen for the list based on their leadership experience in the workforce and the community, success in their careers, decision-making clout in their organizations, and commitment to the highest ethical standards.

Ms. Daluz and Ms. Ninan, both partners in Ballard Spahr’s Wilmington office, are among 13 attorneys selected for the Leadership Excellence in Law Award, which recognizes attorneys in the Greater Philadelphia Area for their leadership, resolve, and outstanding achievements for the benefit of their clients and communities. The Awards Committee evaluated the nominees on their demonstrated commitment to pro bono and community service, fairness, equity and justice in client representations, and professional collaborations.

Ms. Clemons, a partner in Ballard Spahr’s Labor and Employment Group, focuses on a range of labor and employment litigation and counseling, including discrimination, harassment, and other civil rights litigation. She is known for her work with corporate diversity management and is an experienced diversity trainer with a master's degree in diversity management. Drawing on her experience in human resources and diversity training, Ms. Clemons has counseled local, national, and international clients on a variety of diversity matters and antidiscrimination issues. She is a frequent lecturer, panelist, and author on diversity and cultural issues.

Ms. Daluz, a partner in the Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Capital Recovery Group of the Litigation Department, handles corporate restructuring, workouts, and general bankruptcy litigation. She is the Partner in Charge of Attorney Career Advancement, serves on the firm's Management Committee, and is responsible for the recruitment, training, professional development, compensation, and evaluation of nearly 275 non-partner lawyers. She is named in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of bankruptcy/restructuring, in The Best Lawyers in America for bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, and in Delaware Super Lawyers. She has been recognized by the Chambers USA Women in Law Awards 2014, as a finalist for Mentoring/Private Practice Lawyer of the Year, and was included on Philadelphia Business Journal's 2013 Women of Distinction list.

Ms. Ninan is Managing Partner of the firm's Wilmington office, the partner responsible for the public finance practice in Delaware, and a past President of the South Asian Bar Association of North America. She is a frequent speaker and presenter on panels focused on the municipal bond market as well as diversity issues in the legal field. In 2013, Ms. Ninan was part of the delegation that traveled to India on a trade mission led by Delaware Governor Jack Markell. In addition, Ms. Ninan received the inaugural Hinton J. Lucas, Jr., Torchbearer Award from DuPont for outstanding leadership and dedication in advancing diversity.

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