2023 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Culture is incomparable.”
“Pro bono opportunities.”
“Flexibility to manage work-life.”
“Lack of transparency on certain issues.”
“Compensation is lackluster.”
“Long hours for under-market comp.”
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
1735 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 665-8500
Managing Partner: Mark Stewart
Hiring Partner: Meredith Swartz Dante
Total No. Attorneys (2022):
500 - 750
No. of Partners Named 2022:
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
Sr. Manager of Entry Level Recruiting and Integration
Sr. Manager of Lateral Recruiting and Integration
Manager of Lateral Recruiting and Integration
Manager of Lateral Recruiting and Integration
Manager of Entry Level Recruiting and Development
No. of U.S. Offices: 15
No. of International Offices: 0
Las Vegas, NV
Los Angeles, CA
Mount Laurel, NJ
New York, NY
Philadelphia, PA (HQ)
Salt Lake City, UT
Sioux Falls, SD
Business and Transactions
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.