Ballard Spahr has received numerous 2018 Readers' Choice Awards from JD Supra, including the "Top Firm Award" in Finance & Banking. The awards recognize the law firms and authors who achieved the highest readership and engagement for their written analysis and commentary on JD Supra's website during 2017.

In addition, the following attorneys in the firm's Philadelphia office were honored as "Top Authors" in their respective fields:

Alan S. Kaplinsky is the Co-Practice Leader of the firm's Consumer Financial Services Group, which was recently named a "Practice Group of the Year" by Law360. Mr. Kaplinsky earned "Top Author" honors in Finance & Banking and was ranked #1 in Class Action. He also authored "Protection of Servicemembers, Equifax Data Breach Provide Mistaken Justifications for CFPB Arbitration Rule," which has been recognized by JD Supra as among the most popular articles in 2017. The article originally appeared as a post on the firm’s blog, Consumer Finance Monitor.

Mr. Kaplinsky devotes his practice exclusively to counseling financial institutions on bank regulatory and transactional matters, particularly consumer financial services law, and defending financial institutions that have been sued by consumers in individual and class action lawsuits and by government enforcement agencies. He is the 2016 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers.

Edward J. McAndrew, Co-Practice Leader of the firm's Privacy and Data Security Group and leader of its national Cyber Incident Response Team, was recognized as a "Top Author" in Cybersecurity. Named a "Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Trailblazer" by The National Law Journal, Mr. McAndrew helps clients manage cyber risk, comply with legal requirements and industry standards, prepare for and respond to cyber incidents, and handle related investigations and litigation.

Mark J. Levin was named a "Top Author" in Class Action. Mr. Levin handles complex commercial, insurance, and class-action litigation, with particular experience in consumer finance litigation, the structuring and enforcement of consumer arbitration clauses, and the defense of insurance companies in class actions.

Barbara S. Mishkinearned a "Top Author" award in Finance & Banking. Ms. Mishkin focuses on consumer compliance and banking law.