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Our Survey Says

VAULT'S VERDICT:

Associates gravitate toward Ballard Spahr for excellent real estate and pro bono work, and appreciate the firm’s diversity efforts. Hiring criteria include academic prowess, work experience, and personality, and most associates come from law schools near office locations. The firm also considers applicant personality, as assimilation into welcoming and collaborative office settings where people enjoy social activities together is important. Partners employ open-door policies in efforts to mentor and offer guidance to associates, who feel like valued colleagues. This willingness to answer questions and help associates develop is augmented by robust training options like Ballard Spahr University, National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) trainings, and webinars. A comprehensive process helps laterals onboard effectively. Associates are given challenging, satisfying work, as well as opportunities to meet with clients and take on additional responsibilities. Lean staffing and an assignment coordinator help ensure that all associates get quality work, though partners often select associates based on past experiences. Ballard Spahr sets a manageable 1,900 billable hour requirement that allows attorneys to have personal lives, and compensation is commensurately below market, though discretionary bonuses are common. Firm tech is outdated and needs improvement, and wellness resources like counseling, exercise incentives, and apps are helpful. Pro bono work is a firm priority and highlight; attorneys are encouraged to contribute at least 50 hours a year, and unlimited hours count toward the billable hour requirement. The firm also does well in the area of diversity, with notable hiring, retention, trainings, and programs. Prospects for internal promotion to counsel are good, though making partner, which can take 10+ years, is more dubious. Associates can also move in-house, to other firms, or to the government.

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 (2023):
500 - 750
No. of Partners Named 2022:
13
Billable-Hour Requirement:
1900

Base Salary

1st year:
$200,000 in Baltimore, Delaware, Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC;
$185,000 in Atlanta, Boulder, Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Salt Lake City;
$145,000 in Sioux Falls Summer Associate:
$3,846/week in Baltimore, Delaware, Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC;
$3,558/week in Atlanta, Boulder, Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Salt Lake City;
$2,788/week in Sioux Falls

Employment Contact

Lisa Feden
Director of Entry Level Recruiting and Integration
(215) 864-8399
fedenl@ballardspahr.com
Kathryn Ball
Director of Lateral Recruiting and Integration
(215) 864-816
ballk@ballardspahr.com
Dana Casterlin
Manager of Lateral Recruiting and Integration
(602) 798-5441
casterlind@ballardspahr.com
Lori Miceli
Manager of Entry Level Recruiting and Development
(215) 861-7423
micelil@ballardspahr.com

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
Litigation
Finance
Real Estate
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See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.