2021 Top 10 Media Mentions

Ghislaine Maxwell Defense Aims to Discredit Witnesses Paid by Epstein Victims Fund: The Wall Street Journal spoke to Jill Steinberg about the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, who was an alleged accomplice of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. Ms. Steinberg, who is not involved in the case, is a partner in Ballard Spahr's White Collar Defense/Internal Investigations Group.

"Be the Type of Person Whom Others Enjoy Working With:" Lea Phillips on How She Made Partner: In a conversation with American Lawyer Media, Lea A. Phillips spoke about her career development and how she made partner. "When you’re interested in your work, it shows in terms of engagement and performance," Ms. Phillips said. "I think because I was able to find what interested me, I was able to do my best work and fulfill successively more responsible roles matter to matter." Ms. Phillips is a partner in the firm's Litigation Department and a member of its Environment and Natural Resources Group.

Ballard Spahr Guiding $1B New Orleans Mixed-Use Project: Law360 made note of Ballard Spahr’s work on behalf of the master developer of a $1 billion New Orleans mixed-use project. The 2.4 million-square-foot project will have 1,100 market-rate residential units and 450 affordable and workforce housing units. The plans also call for a technology and office campus. Joseph Fanone, Steve Park, Mark DePillis, and Matthew McClure represented the master developer. Messrs. Fanone and Park are members of Ballard Spahr’s Finance Department. Messrs. DePillis and McClure are members of the firm’s Real Estate Department.

When It Comes to a Building's Structural Integrity, Most Condo Owners Are on the Hook: The Boston Globe reached out to Roger Winston, leader of Ballard Spahr’s Mixed-Use, Condominium, and Multifamily Development Team, about legal and industry standards for structural reviews of condominium buildings, following the tragic high-rise condominium collapse in Surfside, Florida.

Ballard Spahr Makes Cannabis Push With Delaware Attorney at Helm: Law360 spoke to Beth Moskow-Schnoll about Ballard Spahr's recently launched Cannabis Group. Ms. Moskow-Schnoll, who co-leads the group, told the reporter about the growth of the industry and the regulatory challenges presented by the dissonance between state and federal approaches to cannabis.

Ballard Spahr Boosts P3, Energy, and Project Finance Practice Group: The Bond Buyer made note of the expansion of Ballard Spahr's P3, Energy, and Project Finance Practice Group, which is part of the firm's national Finance Department.

What Colorado's New Data-Privacy Bill Means for Businesses and Consumers: Greg Szewczyk spoke to the Denver Business Journal about a Colorado bill that would allow consumers to understand and have a say in what information businesses have on them. The bill originally allowed for a very broad opting out process for consumers, but those allowances have been narrowed through rounds of amending the bill. “This was one of the biggest changes as the bill moved through the Legislature," Mr. Szewczyk said.

George Floyd's Death Ushered in a New Era of Law Firm Activism: When The American Lawyer wanted to write about the conversation the legal industry is having around social justice and racial inequity, the reporter spoke with firm Chair Mark Stewart about the public stance Ballard Spahr recently took against voter-suppression laws. “It’s sort of unassailable that voting is a right and we as lawyers support the rule of law and should be willing to comment on things that are important to the rule of law,” Mr. Stewart said.

'Do I Have to Return to the Office?' Here's How Employers Can Address the High-Stakes Question: Jay Zweig, a Labor and Employment Partner in the Phoenix office of Ballard Spahr, spoke to the Phoenix Business Journal about what employers should consider when deciding if or when employees should return to the office. As workplaces grappled with the thorny issues that arose in the COVID pandemic – Can we require workers to get vaccinated? Can we mandate a return to on-site work? – Mr. Zweig became a sought-after source as national publications looked for insight and information.

ESG Work Takes Off at Big Law Firms as Clients Navigate Disclosure Requirements: The Legal Intelligencer wrote about how a new presidential administration's emphasis on disclosure is causing ESG work to take off at law firms. “We are charged with understanding what’s happening in the ESG space,” Khalil Williams told the reporter. “It’s a lot of issue-spotting and it’s a lot of making sure everyone is on the same page in a space that’s growing rapidly.” Mr. Williams, April Hamlin, and Lorene Boudreau, who are also mentioned in the piece, are all members of Ballard Spahr's ESG Working Group.