Ballard Spahr this week celebrates 15 years of representing leading corporate, institutional, and governmental clients in a variety of legal disciplines through its Wilmington, Delaware office.

Starting with three lawyers in 2002, Ballard Spahr's Delaware office has grown, through strategic additions, to nearly 20 attorneys today. The Delaware office is a focal point of the firm's Chancery Court, bankruptcy, public finance, data security, and white collar defense practices. Ballard Spahr attorneys in Wilmington also serve clients in commercial litigation, consumer financial services, securities litigation, transactional finance, restructuring and bankruptcy litigation, and bank regulation throughout the country.

Earlier this year, Beth Moskow-Schnoll—a well-respected trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor in the District of Delaware who focuses on white-collar litigation, regulatory enforcement and compliance, internal investigations, and complex civil litigation—assumed the role of Office Managing Partner in Delaware. She followed Tobey M. Daluz, now a member of the firm's Board, and Emilie R. Ninan, currently Chair of the firm's Public Finance Department.

"As an important hub of commerce and judicial activity, Delaware is a strategic location for the firm. Our growth in this office reflects both our commitment to our client base here and our strong regional knowledge," Ms. Moskow-Schnoll said. "It's been a great 15 years in Delaware, and we look forward to thriving here for many more years to come."

Ballard Spahr's Delaware office, one of its most diverse, is a recognized leader in advancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Lawyers in the office have served in various leadership capacities in local and national minority bar organizations and have received numerous accolades for successfully implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives, including the inaugural Hinton J. Lucas, Jr., Torchbearer Award and the Pennsylvania Diversity Council's Leadership Excellence in Law Award. Former DuPont General Counsel Tom Sager, a nationally regarded diversity champion, is resident in the Delaware office and has an annual award named after him by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. The Delaware office also supports pipeline initiatives that attract diverse students to legal careers.

The firm's Delaware office also has a flourishing pro bono practice, a Ballard Spahr hallmark. Devoting hundreds of hours to pro bono cases every year, the Delaware lawyers serve as court-appointed special advocates in Delaware Family Court, participate in a program that helps those convicted of crimes as juveniles petition for expungement of their records, and host estate planning clinics for first responders and veterans through the Wills for Heroes nonprofit organization.