Reflecting on more than 30 years with Ballard Spahr, I am impressed at how we have remained true to our guiding principles even as we adapt to a radical reshaping of our profession. While embracing new approaches to the business of law, we consider adherence to our principles as the measure by which we judge ourselves and expect to be judged by our clients.

Excellence in everything we do for clients.

Collegiality in our work with each other for the greater good of our enterprise.

Commitment to the underserved through pro bono representations and community service.

Commitment to the development of a diverse workforce in which all voices are heard and all lawyers, of whatever nationality, race, gender, or sexual orientation, have a path to success.

Heraclitus taught that one could not step into the same stream twice. Accepting the admonition that change is constant, we step confidently into the stream, knowing that change is not an excuse to abandon the tenets that have guided our practice for more than a century, but an invitation to harmoniously graft the old with the new.

Mark Stewart
Chair, Ballard Spahr