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At a Glance


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About Ballard Spahr

One of the largest and most prominent firms in Philadelphia, Ballard Spahr has a strong and growing national footprint, with more than 600 lawyers in 15 offices across the country. The firm has thriving practices in litigation, business and transactions, intellectual property, finance, and real estate.

Philadelphia Breeds a Nationwide Network

Ballard Spahr traces its roots to 1885, when Philadelphia lawyer Ellis Ballard joined a law firm helmed by Rufus Shapley. They were joined by fellow University of Pennsylvania alumnus Boyd Lee Spahr and R. Sturgis Ingersoll. In the early 1930s, the firm became known as Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll—later changed to Ballard Spahr LLP in 2009. The opening of a Washington, DC office in 1978 marked the beginning of decades of expansion beyond the City of Brotherly Love. Recent growth includes the firm’s merger with media boutique firm Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz in 2017 and its 2018 merger with Minneapolis-based Lindquist & Vennum, known for its strength in middle-market M&A transactions.

Jack of All Trades

Ballard Spahr focuses on five main practices: business and transactions, intellectual property, litigation, finance, and real estate. Its largest practice area is litigation, which is home to more than 250 of the firm’s attorneys. Litigators at the firm advise some of the nation’s biggest market players in media law, securities and antitrust class actions, patent infringement cases, white collar defense matters, and federal and state appeals.

The firm also boasts a multi-faceted real estate practice that handles everything from commercial leasing and construction to eminent domain and industrial development to mix-used development and real estate taxation. The firm counsels clients in their development projects, including condominiums, high-rise buildings, resorts, and shopping centers. Real estate clients are a diverse group and include financial institutions, housing authorities, hospitals, hotels, investors, lenders, developers, real estate brokerage companies, REITs, and retail companies—to name a few. When it comes to housing and community development, Ballard Spahr has an affordable housing practice.

Investing in Training and Wellbeing

Ballard Spahr attorneys work hard, but that doesn’t mean it’s all about the billables. In 2019, the firm created a Wellness at Work Committee to lobby for attorney well-being and promote a healthy lifestyle. The firm also hosts a sponsorship program for mid-level associates called INVEST, in which the associates are paired with a partner who serves as their sponsor throughout the duration of the program and beyond. And, every third Thursday of the month, there is a firm-hosted event, such as morning coffee breaks and networking happy hours.

News & Awards

  • Represented a media coalition in securing gavel-to-gavel video coverage of the Derek Chauvin trial in the murder of George Floyd—the first ever Minnesota criminal trial to be televised.

  • Represent Weller Development Company in the 260-acre Port Covington redevelopment transforming South Baltimore with investment of approximately $6.9 billion over roughly 25 years.

  • As P3 counsel to Amtrak, negotiated and drafted all core project, procurement, and development documents for the $400 million renovation of Philadelphia 30th Street Station.

  • Obtained jury verdict finding The New York Times not liable in a defamation suit by Sarah Palin, affirming important press freedom principles.

  • Law Firm of the Year, First Amendment Litigation, 2022—U.S. News & World Report–Best Lawyers Best Law Firms

  • Mansfield Rule 4.0 Certified, Mansfield Plus, 2021—Diversity Lab   

  • Perfect score, Corporate Equality Index, 2018-2022; Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality, 2022—Human Rights Campaign Foundation

  • Best Law Firms for Women, 2021—Seramount (formerly Working Mother magazine)

  • 97 Leading Lawyers and 46 Leading Practices, 2021—Chambers USA

Ballard Spahr

1735 Market Street
51st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 665-8500

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: Mark Stewart
Hiring Partner: Meredith Swartz Dante
Total No. Attorneys (2022):
500 - 750
No. of Partners Named 2022:
Billable-Hour Requirement:

Base Salary

1st year: $200,000 in Baltimore, Delaware, Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC 1st year: $185,000 in Atlanta, Boulder, Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Salt Lake City 1st year: $115,000 in Sioux Falls Summer Associate: $3,846/week in Baltimore, Delaware, Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC Summer Associate: $3,558/week in Atlanta, Boulder, Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Salt Lake City Summer Associate: $2,212/week in Sioux Falls

Employment Contact

Lisa Feden
Sr. Manager of Entry Level Recruiting and Integration
(215) 864-8399
Kathryn Ball
Sr. Manager of Lateral Recruiting and Integration
(215) 864-8160
Krystal Muñiz
Manager of Lateral Recruiting and Integration
(215) 861-7320
Dana Casterlin
Manager of Lateral Recruiting and Integration
Lori Miceli
Manager of Entry Level Recruiting and Development
(215) 861-7423

No. of U.S. Offices: 15

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Atlanta, GA
Baltimore, MD
Boulder, CO
Denver, CO
Wilmington, DE
Las Vegas, NV
Los Angeles, CA
Minneapolis, MN
Mount Laurel, NJ
New York, NY
Philadelphia, PA (HQ)
Phoenix, AZ
Salt Lake City, UT
Sioux Falls, SD
Washington, DC

Major Departments

Business and Transactions
Intellectual Property
Real Estate
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.