JD Supra has recognized Ballard Spahr with multiple 2018 Readers' Choice Awards, including naming it the "Top Firm" in Real Estate. The awards acknowledge the authors—and their firms—who achieved the highest readership and engagement for their thought leadership on JD Supra's website during 2018.

Three Ballard Spahr attorneys were honored as "Top Authors" in their respective fields:

Richard J. Andreano, Jr, co-leader of Ballard Spahr's Mortgage Banking Group, was ranked first in the Real Estate category. For more than 30 years, he has counseled financial institutions, title companies, and real estate professionals on transactional matters and regulatory compliance under a range of laws, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and the Truth in Lending Act.

Alan S. Kaplinsky earned "Top Author" honors in Finance & Banking and Class Action. He co-leads the firm's nationally renowned Consumer Financial Services Group, which was named a "Practice Group of the Year" by Law360 last year. He devotes his practice exclusively to counseling financial institutions on bank regulatory and transactional matters, particularly consumer financial services law, and defending financial institutions in class action and individual lawsuits and in government enforcement actions. In 2016, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers.

Barbara S. Mishkin earned a "Top Author" award in Finance & Banking. Ms. Mishkin focuses on consumer compliance and banking law. She is a frequent contribute to the firm's Consumer Finance Monitor blog.

All three authors are members of Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Financial Services Group—made up of more than 120 lawyers across the country. Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business consistently ranks Ballard Spahr in the highest tier nationally in the category of Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance and Litigation). The Group includes 11 members of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers, of which Mr. Kaplinsky was the first president.

JD Supra, an online content aggregator, provides legal information and analysis to C-suite executives, in-house counsel, and media. One firm and 10 authors were recognized for each of the 26 topic categories designated by JD Supra. This is the second year in a row that the firm was honored.