Timothy D. Katsiff—a litigator with more than 20 years of experience defending companies and their directors and officers in securities class actions, derivative actions, and merger litigation—has joined Ballard Spahr as a partner in its Philadelphia office, firm Chair Mark Stewart announced today.

Mr. Katsiff represents audit and special committees of boards of public companies, broker-dealers, and individuals in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and self-regulatory organization proceedings. He also handles commercial disputes, business torts, trade secrets matters, and banking cases.

"Our litigators know and respect Tim and the caliber of his work," Mr. Stewart said. "He is both an impressive lawyer and a fine person."

Mr. Katsiff joins the firm from Morgan Lewis, where he was a partner. He has defended public companies in merger-related shareholder suits in California, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. He has represented major financial institutions in various matters. His experience also includes defending a major energy company in a large commercial contract dispute and representing a defense contractor in various contract disputes.

"We are growing our litigation capabilities nationwide and one particular area of focus is securities and corporate governance litigation," said Geoffrey A. Kahn, chair of Ballard Spahr's Litigation Department. "Our securities litigators are handling matters of significant size and scope for some of our largest clients. They will appreciate Tim's experience, his talent, and his range. We're happy to welcome him."

Mr. Katsiff will be a member of Ballard Spahr's Securities Litigation and Corporate Governance Litigation Group. The Group has been ranked in the highest tier among firms in Philadelphia in U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers Best Law Firm rankings every year from 2013 to 2017.

"I have known many of the litigators at Ballard for years and I’m happy to be working alongside them as a colleague," Mr. Katsiff said. "The firm's culture and its goals for the practice are a good fit for me. It's a strong group and I look forward to helping it continue to grow."