Eight Ballard Spahr practice areas have been recognized for national strength in the 2018 rankings by The Legal 500. The recognition includes a top-tier ranking for the firm's work in middle market mergers and acquisitions. The highly regarded annual guide to the legal profession also lists 27 Ballard Spahr attorneys as recommended nationally in their areas of practice. Ballard Spahr practice areas recognized by The Legal 500 for 2018:

  • Dispute resolution – Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport
  • Financial services regulation
  • Finance – Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal
  • Industry focus – Energy: renewable/alternative
  • M&A/corporate and commercial – M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
  • Real estate
  • Real estate – Land use/zoning
  • Real estate – Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

The Legal 500 rankings are determined by researchers, including journalists and attorneys, who conduct months of in-depth market research. They solicit feedback from 300,000 clients worldwide and conduct interviews with leading peer attorneys.

The Legal 500 also recognized individual Ballard Spahr attorneys. Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Capital Recovery Practice Leader Vincent J. Marriott III and Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Leader Craig Circosta were both honored as elite "leading lawyers."

Ballard Spahr attorneys recognized by The Legal 500 for 2018:

Dispute resolution – Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport

  • Roberto A. Rivera-Soto
  • David M. Stauss
  • Neal Walters

Finance – Financial services regulation

  • Alan S. Kaplinsky
  • Richard J. Andreano, Jr.
  • Mark J. Furletti

Finance – Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal

  • Vincent J. Marriott III
  • William C. Rhodes

Industry focus – Energy: renewable/alternative

  • Patrick R. Gillard
  • R. Thomas Hoffmann

M&A/corporate and commercial – M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

  • Damon O. Barry
  • Brian D. Doerner
  • Amit Kakkar
  • David H. Landau
  • Karen C. McConnell
  • Michele J. Rowland
  • Gregory L. Seltzer

Real estate

  • Bart I. Mellits
  • Tina R. Makoulian
  • Mark Pollak
  • Alan S. Ritterband

Real estate - Land use/zoning

  • Matthew N. McClure
  • Neil Sklaroff

Real estate - Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

  • Craig Solomon Ganz
  • Douglas M. Fox
  • Charles R. Moran