Ballard Spahr Partners Stephen J. Kastenberg and Matthew N. McClure have been named to the Philadelphia Business Journal's inaugural list of the "Best of the Bar: Philadelphia's Top Lawyers." The honor is based on their accomplishments in the legal industry and the business impact of their work.

As selected by a panel of independent judges, Best of the Bar lawyers have distinguished themselves over the last 18 months through significant achievements in their areas of concentration, based on legal importance, size of the results, and economic impact. This is the first year the Philadelphia Business Journal has presented the award.

"'Best of the Bar' is a high standard to meet in Philadelphia, a city with a long history of great lawyering," Ballard Spahr Chair Mark Stewart said. "Stephen and Matt handle complex and challenging cases with skill, creativity, and commitment to our clients, and are most deserving of this honor. Both are tremendously hard workers, willing to do what it takes to win a case or make a project work."

Mr. Kastenberg focuses on complex business litigation with an emphasis on antitrust, securities, and corporate governance litigation. During his more than 20-year career, Mr. Kastenberg has successfully defended public and private companies in federal and state lawsuits, including class actions, throughout the United States. Recent accomplishments include obtaining dismissal, affirmed on appeal, of a high-stakes pharmaceutical class action antitrust case with wide ramifications for the industry; helping design and implement NASDAQ's litigation and redress program stemming from the $16 billion Facebook initial public offering and serving as lead counsel in related litigation; and serving as lead counsel for Twitter in winning dismissal, affirmed on appeal, of a shareholder suit.

Mr. McClure leads Ballard Spahr's zoning and land use practice. He has participated in some of the most significant and high-profile land use matters in Philadelphia over the past 15 years, including several that resulted in precedential appellate court rulings. Last spring, Mayor Jim Kenney appointed Mr. McClure to the new Philadelphia Historic Preservation Task Force. His recent accomplishments include helping a major nonprofit land trust create a 500-acre nature preserve outside Philadelphia; obtaining land use approvals for a 19-story mixed-use project in Center City; and successfully defending a Philadelphia university and its developer against a lawsuit to block a planned apartment complex for graduate students.

In addition, Mr. Kastenberg and Mr. McClure have performed extensive pro bono work throughout their careers. Mr. Kastenberg is a member and past president of the New Jersey Scholars Program and serves as a director and trustee for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. His recent pro bono work includes matters involving voter and civil rights. Mr. McClure's recent pro bono engagements include obtaining a court ruling that allows a planned group home for cancer patients and their families to proceed in suburban Philadelphia.

Mr. Kastenberg and Mr. McClure and other Best of the Bar winners will be profiled in a special report in the October 20 edition of the Philadelphia Business Journal, and they will be recognized at an event on October 24 at the Ballroom at the Ben in Center City.