Amy L. Arndt—an experienced deal attorney with deep roots in the region—has been named Managing Partner of Ballard Spahr's office in Sioux Falls, firm Chair Mark Stewart announced.

"Amy is a terrific lawyer known for her strategic, service-oriented approach," Mr. Stewart said. "She was a natural choice to lead this talented team of attorneys and staff as we extend Ballard's national footprint."

Ms. Arndt—who joined Ballard Spahr as part of the firm's merger with Lindquist & Vennum on January 1—has more than 20 years of experience in securities law and corporate finance and transactional matters. She is one of 271 equity partners at Ballard Spahr. Ms. Arndt advises business owners on issues involving operations, management succession, financing, and restructuring. She also represents privately held companies in private placement offerings, mergers and acquisitions, asset sales and purchases, and corporate governance matters.

"Sioux Falls is a center for financial services, health care, agribusiness, and technology and our recent merger has significantly increased the range of services we can offer," said Ms. Arndt. "I look forward to working with my new colleagues to grow the office and bring even greater value to our clients."

Ms. Arndt has served as Chair of the South Dakota Bar Association, Business Law Committee for the past six years. The committee educates members on recent developments in business law and provides a vehicle for the business bar to communicate with the public, the South Dakota legislature, regulatory agencies, and business trade associations.

As a member of Ballard Spahr's Expanded Board, Ms. Arndt will help develop and implement practice and policy at the 650-lawyer firm, which is nationally recognized as a top law firm for women. More than 25 percent of equity partners at Ballard Spahr are women, compared with the national average of 16 percent. Forty percent of the firm's departments and 30 percent of its practice groups are led by women.

In addition, The American Lawyer has ranked Ballard Spahr sixth in the nation for its percentage of female equity partners, and it was recognized by Law360 as one of the top 10 U.S. law firms for women attorneys. Ballard Spahr has earned Gold Standard Certification from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum for the past seven years in recognition of its high number of women in firm leadership, as well as for the promotion and compensation of women attorneys.

In Sioux Falls, Ballard Spahr's Business and Finance attorneys represent clients in a range of industries—from agribusiness and renewable energy to financial services, health care, hospitality, and manufacturing—and its private client services team helps clients capitalize on South Dakota's favorable trust and tax laws. The firm's litigators have decades of experience in South Dakota, ranked by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as the nation's most business-friendly jurisdiction. They handle single-plaintiff cases, national class actions, and government enforcement activities involving data security, insurance recovery, shareholder disputes, and insolvency matters.