Our trial lawyers have extensive experience in areas that include:
Antitrust and Competition
We defend charges of price-fixing, vertical and horizontal restraints, tying arrangements, monopolization, and other alleged trade restraints. Our attorneys are experienced in representing clients in litigation and investigations involving the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, U.S. attorneys, and state attorneys general.
Ballard Spahr appellate attorneys strategize with our trial counsel during pre-trial, trial, and post-trial phases to assess potential outcomes and identify and preserve issues that enhance the likelihood of appellate success. We review the record and distill evidence, analyze and frame the issues, and draft briefs and present arguments with clarity and persuasion.
Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Capital Recovery
Our attorneys handle all aspects of insolvency, including restructuring, workouts, and refinancing of debt, creditor-debtor litigation, and reorganizations and liquidations both in and outside of bankruptcy. Our office in Wilmington, Delaware, the national center for corporate governance and an important jurisdiction for bankruptcy matters, allows us to provide comprehensive services to clients nationwide.
Class Action Litigation
We have achieved outstanding results in all phases of litigation, from obtaining dismissals and defeating class certification to winning at trial. Our attorneys provide strategic and tactical advice, enabling clients to make well-informed decisions, and strive to lessen eDiscovery burdens.
When a business dispute between commercial enterprises turns into a complex legal controversy, our litigators step in to protect our clients' rights and interests and minimize their business risks. We represent clients in disputes involving breach of contract and UCC-related matters, unfair competition, contract interference, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and corporate governance.
Consumer Financial Services
We defend banks and other financial institutions in class actions, regulatory proceedings, and other complex litigation. We handle lawsuits involving, among other matters, enforcement of arbitration provisions in consumer credit contracts; challenges to interest rates, fees, and other contract terms; and compliance with federal and state consumer financial services laws.
E-Discovery and Data Management
We assist in identifying, analyzing, and delivering information in civil, regulatory, and criminal matters. Our attorneys advise on litigation readiness and legal hold plans to ease the burden of future discovery and ensure that clients are well positioned to respond to any discovery requests involving electronically stored information (ESI).
Environment and Natural Resources
Our attorneys stand at the forefront of emerging global environmental, climate change, and sustainability issues while representing clients in national and regional compliance, permitting, development, and contamination matters and in criminal and civil litigation.
GOVERNMENT RELATIONS AND Public Policy
We represent clients in state capitals across the nation. Our attorneys monitor and provide data on governmental developments and provide direct assistance in legislative efforts, ensuring that clients' voices are heard by policymakers and regulators. In economic development and government contracting matters, we help clients identify and pursue opportunities that fit their business needs, and develop strategies to proactively defend against policies that could have adverse effects on their business goals.
Our experience covers all lines of insurance and the full range of issues typically seen in bad faith litigation, from excess judgments to UM/UIM claims. We defend a variety of insurers in class actions, including those involving RICO claims. We regularly handle claims of self-dealing, gross negligence, misappropriation, and the like.
Intellectual Property Litigation
We represent clients in trademark, copyright, and patent infringement actions; trade dress and trade secret disputes; licensing violations; and Internet-related matters. In addition to courts at all levels in this country, we have represented clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and administrative tribunals worldwide.
Labor and Employment
Our attorneys help private and public employers take steps to avoid claims and litigation. But when workplace issues turn into disputes, we do what employers need most: listen, investigate, analyze, and evaluate potential business impact to devise the strategy and tactics that will produce the best outcome for our clients.
media and entertainment law
Our attorneys help our clients navigate some of the law’s most challenging issues, whether in court or during the editing process, across platforms and industries. We represent clients in all facets of publishing, and in all manner of production — news, theater, music and film.
Product Liability and Mass Tort
Ballard Spahr attorneys have prevailed in many challenges to experts’ methodology under Daubert or Frye. We are experienced in developing private alternative dispute resolution programs that enable our clients to better control the most problematic aspects of litigation and, consequently, costs.
Political and Election Law
We advise individuals, organizations, and government officials on issues involving campaign finance, redistricting, ballot access, direct democracy initiatives, lobbying and electoral strategy, PAC and nonprofit group formation and operation, and legal compliance. Our litigators have decades of experience representing and advising clients in all aspects of election law and political matters.
We have successfully defended accountants and accounting firms, lawyers, trustees, insurance brokers, architects and engineers, nonmedical professionals, and consultants in virtually every type of case in which they can be exposed to liability, including common law fraud and malpractice and securities fraud matters, as well as investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB).
Real Estate and Construction Litigation
Our attorneys provide litigation support during the development process, including issues relating to solid-waste, air and water permitting, landfill issues, and underground storage tanks. We defend against claims for failing to design and construct projects in compliance with handicapped accessibility laws such as the Fair Housing Act and other federal matters.
Securities enforcement and Litigation
Our attorneys have experience with every type of securities and corporate governance claim, from regulatory investigations to derivative lawsuits and shareholder class actions. Our clients include issuers, corporate officers, directors, underwriters, accountants, attorneys, municipalities, and broker-dealers.
WEALTH MANAGEMENT AND FIDUCIARY LITIGATION
This multidisciplinary team brings together members of the firm's noted Private Client Services Group and trial attorneys with a primary focus on dispute resolution and the litigation of fiduciary matters. Our attorneys work with fiduciaries, including family offices and investment managers, often in close collaboration with their compliance and risk management personnel and securities, tax, trust, estate, and administrative professionals and business partners.
White Collar Defense/Internal Investigations
Our attorneys conduct internal investigations and represent clients facing actual or threatened government enforcement. We also represent clients in False Claims Act and other civil fraud litigation and administrative proceedings.