Ballard Spahr’s Jessica M. Anthony, Michael R. Carroll, and David M. Gest have been recognized by prominent legal publications as outstanding young attorneys with exceptional commitment to community service and the legal profession.

Profiles of Mr. Carroll and the other New Leaders of the Bar winners will be included in a supplement to the New Jersey Law Journal on June 6, and an awards dinner is scheduled for June 15. Profiles of Ms. Anthony, Mr. Gest, and the other Lawyers on the Fast Track winners will be included in a supplement to The Legal on June 14, and an awards dinner is scheduled for June 21.

Mr. Carroll, also a partner in the Litigation Department, focuses on complex commercial and product liability litigation, representing consumer product companies, motor vehicle manufacturers, and component part suppliers in class action litigation and personal injury matters. He serves as lead counsel on complex, high-stakes litigation matters, including class actions, for prominent firm clients. In addition to defending clients in litigation, Mr. Carroll provides counsel on pre-litigation risk management strategies and regulatory issues involving new and existing products. Mr. Carroll also maintains an active pro bono practice that includes work with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project.

Ms. Anthony, a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department, focuses on antitrust litigation. She has served as lead counsel in successfully managing and trying complex litigation matters, including high-profile pro bono cases. Her litigation experience also includes contract and partnership disputes, RICO claims, fraud and negligence actions, and mortgage-related claims. Her extensive pro bono activity includes representing homeowners in civil forfeiture matters in Pennsylvania state courts and individuals in custody and visitation matters, guardianship petitions, and personal contract disputes.

Mr. Gest, an associate in the firm’s Real Estate Department, focuses on zoning and land use matters and has experience with many aspects of transactional real estate work. He works with city planners, architects, landscape architects, and environmental and historic preservation consultants on major development projects and with city agencies and community groups on zoning and historic preservation matters. He has helped numerous clients gain approvals and support for high-profile projects. Mr. Gest serves as pro bono real estate counsel to the Mural Arts Program, which has spearheaded more than 3,800 murals around Philadelphia and was named by Forbes magazine as "the most influential mural arts organization in the world."