Ballard Spahr LLP > Washington DC, United States > Firm Profile

Ballard Spahr LLP
1909 K STREET, NW
12th FLOOR
WASHINGTON DC 20006-1157
United States

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal Tier 2

Ballard Spahr LLP offers clients an ‘unparalleled‘ service, with advise encompassing municipal bankruptcy and recovery, in addition to buy-side representations, trust instruction proceedings and public finance. Tobey Daluz and Matthew Summers head the team from Wilmington, whilst Vincent Marriott and William Rhodes head the team from Philadelphia. Its team is well equipped to handle Chapter 9, Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 cases pertaining to special districts, senior living facilities and hospital systems. Notable highlights includes its representation of Wells Fargo Bank, NA, in its capacity as indenture trustee, in matters relating to the bankruptcy of Verity Health System and its outstanding municipal bonds exceeding $260m. Other notable individuals include William Wassweiler for his advisory to the Wilmington Trust and Dara Smith for her assistance to the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority.

Key clients

KBC Bank N.V.

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

National Federation of Municipal Analysts

Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority

Wilmington Trust, National Association

UMB Bank, N.A.

Build America Mutual Assurance Company

U.S. Bank National Association

Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A.

Goldman Sachs

Morgan Stanley

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Work highlights

  • Represented Wells Fargo Bank N.A., as indenture trustee, in the default and bankruptcy of Verity Health System.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 2

Ballard Spahr LLP is especially accomplished within the Arizona, Colorado, Maryland, Minnesota, Utah and Pennsylvania markets, fielding 80 attorneys across 12 national offices. In Philadelphia, Gregory Seltzer holds distinct expertise within the music, restaurant and sports sectors; meanwhile, Brian Doerner delivers an abundance of experience in M&A, restructuring, cross-border deal and corporate governance matters, particularly those within the technology, manufacturing and life sciences fields. Elsewhere, over in Minneapolis, Maggie Tatton serves as Doerner’s co-chair and is instructed for business transactions, joint ventures, carve-outs and roll-ups; she places particular emphasis on the food distribution, personal services, personal products and engineering sectors. The team caters to major corporates, start-ups and private equity clients alike and is also adept in the aerospace, gaming telecommunication, healthcare and energy industries.

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Stratis IoT, Inc.

Real estate > Land use/zoning Tier 2

Ballard Spahr LLP‘s land use and zoning group has attorneys in various areas of the country that advise on securing all permits and approvals on real estate projects, and excels in historic preservation and environmental issues. It has a particularly strong base in Philadelphia, continuing to represent clients in some of the cities highest-profile developments, and head of the department Matthew McClure is based at the firm’s office there. His practice emphasizes development, land use, zoning, and historic preservation matters and he frequently works with David Gest in cases before the Zoning Board of Adjustment, the Philadelphia Historical Commission and the Civic Design Review Committee. In Salt Lake City, Thomas Bennett has a focus on development of commercial and resort properties, frequently involving zoning and entitlements work, while at the Minneapolis office, James Walston heads the firm’s real estate development and transactions group and covers land use and zoning in his broad practice.

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Testimonials

‘Access and availability of top partners, knowledge of land use regulations, relationships with key individuals and regulators, specifically regarding Thomas Bennett.’

Key clients

Midwood Investment & Development

Exeter Property Group

LCOR Incorporated

Wexford Science + Technology

The Rodin Group

Callahan Ward Companies

Mural Arts Philadelphia

Pearl Properties

Gilbane

Brevet Capital Management

Sundance Partners

East West Partners

SRDV, LLC

Padre Canyon Resort, LC

Wasatch Peaks Ranch Development, LLC

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: automotive/transport Tier 3

Under the leadership of New Jersey-based Neal Walters, who heads up the overarching product liability and mass tort group, Ballard Spahr LLP handles a significant volume of automotive and transport-related disputes, as well as providing risk management counselling. The team is adept at representing clients throughout the life cycle of litigation in New Jersey federal and state courts, as well as nationally, including in the context of class certification defense proceedings, and mounting vigorous defenses at a final trial stage. Subaru of America remains a core client of the firm and continues to generate a significant amount of product liability-related work, including numerous ongoing class actions in the New Jersey federal court. Roberto Rivera-Soto, a former New Jersey Supreme Court Justice, is a core member of the practice, particularly when it comes to appellate matters. Casey Watkins departed the firm for an in-house role in July 2021.

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Key clients

Subaru of America, Inc.

Valero, Inc.

Oracle Finance

Sottoriva SPA

Viking Yachts

Express Scripts, Inc.

Lisec America, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Subaru of America in six active class actions in federal court in New Jersey.

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 3

Ballard Spahr LLP has broad capabilities across the full range of renewable energy mandates, assisting lenders and project sponsors with a combination of project finance, development, construction arrangements and transactional matters. The team is also well positioned to act for investors in the acquisition and sale of renewable projects encompassing a wide range of technologies, including solar, offshore and onshore wind, biogas, biodiesel, geothermal electric generation and hydroelectric facilities. The department is jointly led by two practitioners based in Philadelphia: Steve Park and Patrick Gillard, the latter of whom has a sophisticated utility finance practice which also covers complex capitalization structures and M&A transactions. Raymond Faricy in Minneapolis has notable strength in wind and solar power projects, where he advises developers and owners at all stages of project development, land rights, power purchase agreements and financing issues. Based in Las Vegas, Bruce Johnson is recommended for the development and financing of energy generation and transmission facilities.

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Key clients

BayWa r.e. USA, LLC

Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan

Controlled Thermal Resources, Inc. and its project subsidiaries (collectively, CTR)

Sacyr Plenary Utility Partners Idaho

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 3

Praised for its ‘depth of knowledge in the benefits space’, Ballard Spahr LLP’s workload includes health and welfare benefit plans and defined benefit pension plans, as well as executive compensation matters and ESOPs. Also noted for its capability in handling tax-exemption issues, the team counts health care systems, colleges, universities and non-profitable organizations among its roster of clients. Brian Pinheiro leads the practice from the firm’s office in Philadelphia and handles compliance matters relating to section 409A and 280G golden parachute rules, tax-qualified retirement mandates and 401(k), 403(b), and 457 plans. Also based in Philadelphia, counsel Edward Leeds focuses on health and welfare benefit plans work.

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Testimonials

‘The firm has a depth of knowledge in the benefits space to address our needs as they change and evolve. They offer practical guidance such that is understandable and actionable for clients.’

‘I have worked with Edward Leeds for many years. I value his advice, as I know he will provide a thorough and practical assessment on all issues that we bring to him. Edward is an expert in his field.’

‘Depth of experience, both within the law firm context but also on the regulatory side which helps inform guidance and keeps it practical. They are very responsive, are able to understand our culture and work within that environment.’

Key clients

The Chemours Company

NRG Energy Inc.

Temple University/Temple University Health System

Republic Services, Inc.

American Red Cross

Inspira

Wawa, Inc.

CSL Behring LLC

Ricoh USA, Inc.

Union Pacific Corporation

Labor and employment > Labor-management relations Tier 3

Ballard Spahr LLP assists employers with collective bargaining, arbitrations and unfair labor practice cases. Regularly appearing before the National Labor Relations Board, the firm has been involved in corporate campaigns, high-stakes labor negotiations and threatened job actions, and frequently works in the healthcare, retail and manufacturing industries. The firm is led by New Jersey-based partner Denise Keyser. Philadelphia-based Shannon D. Farmer leads on many cases, including a precedent-setting University of Pittsburgh case concerning whether or not grad students are considered to be employees with the right to organize. Philadelphia-based Brian Pedrow also prominently deals with transport and other public services, while Salt Lake City–based Steven W. Suflas represents the State of New Jersey in all labor issues.

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Key clients

City of Philadelphia

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)

Temple University Health System

American Red Cross

City of Baltimore

American Council of Life Insurers

State of New Jersey

Wallenius Wilhemsen Solutions

PacifiCorp. d/b/a Rocky Mountain Power

University of Pittsburgh

Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech Tier 3

Ballard Spahr LLP has established an extremely good reputation for banking, payments and financial services regulatory advice. The multi-disciplinary practice is especially good at defending clients against regulatory enforcement actions and investigations. On the transactional side it assists major banks in developing in-house products and relationships with technology companies. New York’s James Kim and Minneapolis-based partner Ronald Vaske jointly lead the fintech and payments team, which includes Washington DC-based privacy and data security partner Kim Phan. Philadelphia’s Peter Jaslow co-leads the blockchain technology and cryptocurrency group, while recently promoted New York partner Judy Mok is active in the payments arena. In Philadelphia, consumer financial services co-head Mark Furlettiknows everything that could be known about financial regulations’.

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Testimonials

‘Mark Furletti knows everything that could be known about financial regulations, provides quick, direct responses with ample legal support, and is just altogether friendly and enjoyable to work with. There is also never any pressure to provide additional business.’

Key clients

CommonBond

Continental Finance Company

Lending Club

EasyKnock

Nth Round

PayPal

Social Finance (SoFi).

Steady (steadyapp.com)

TAB Bank

Metropolitan Commercial Bank

Fifth Third Bank

WebBank

Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 3

At Ballard Spahr LLP, the team is predominantly led out of Maryland by experienced practitioners Douglas Fox and Charles Moran, who represent public and private REITs on complex corporate mandates, including acquisitions, equity and debt offerings and financing transactions. The team also handles high-value IPOs. Co-heads Craig Ganz, who splits his time between Los Angeles and Arizona, and real estate partner Wendi Kotzen in Philadelphia are also key members of the group, focusing on finance and federal level taxation matters, respectively. Counsel J. Thomas Bashore advises on business formation and corporation law.

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Key clients

Healthpeak Properties, Inc. (formerly known as HCP, Inc.)

Kilroy Realty Corporation

SL Green Realty Corp.

LTC Properties, Inc.

Mack-Cali Realty Corp

Spirit Realty Capital, Inc.

Agree Realty Corporation

Black Creek Industrial REIT IV, Inc.

Four Corners Property Trust, Inc.

RPT Realty

City Office REIT, Inc.

Broadstone Net Lease, Inc.

Equity Commonwealth

Work highlights

  • Advised Healthpeak Properties on corporate matters and provided legal opinions in connection with a underwritten public offering of $450m aggregate principal amount of Healthpeak’s green bonds.
  • Represented City Office REIT, Inc., a Maryland corporation, in connection with its formation and organization and its $80m initial public offering.
  • Advised Agree Realty Corporation on corporate law matters including an underwritten public offering of $350m aggregate principal amount of debt securities of Agree Limited Partnership.

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 4

Ballard Spahr LLP is widely recognized by peers for its expertise in the consumer lending space. The practice is highly active in government relations matters, representing clients facing investigations by federal regulators as well as by state-level attorneys general and regulators across the country. The team is also regularly engaged by clients to handle class actions, with particular focuses on student lending matters and alleged breaches of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The firm’s compliance and litigation practices are integrated, with Christopher Willis, Mark Furletti and Daniel McKenna leading the combined consumer financial services group. Alan Kaplinsky and Stefanie Jackman are also key figures in the team, with Jackman focused on debt collection and Kaplinsky specialising in matters involving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Kaplinsky, Furtelli and McKenna are based in Philadelphia, while Jackman and Willis are based in Atlanta.

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Testimonials

‘The team is collaborative in coming up with effective legal advice and strategies that are cost effective.’

‘Dan McKenna is very focused and attentive to his clients, incredibly responsive, and also willing to partner on pro bono and other initiative. His strategies are well thought out and effective and he is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Discover Financial Services

Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA, or FedLoan)

Comenity Bank

American Bankers Association

Consumer Bankers Association

Conduent Education Services

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Capital One

Citibank

Progressive Finance

Finance > Project finance

Advising both sponsors and lenders, Ballard Spahr LLP maintains a multi-faceted project finance practice that is active across all major forms of energy, including solar, hydroelectric, onshore wind, landfill gas and agricultural biomass. Also active in the infrastructure space, the firm provides ‘excellent legal services during all stages of transportation public-private partnerships projects, from the development stage to the operating period.’ Philadelphia-based duo Patrick Gillard and Steve Park lead the department; the former combines his project finance expertise with knowledge of public utility law and wholesale energy regulation to assist with utilities finance issues, while the latter is considered by one client to be ‘the number one contributor to the success of P3 projects‘.

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Testimonials

‘Ballard Spahr provide excellent legal services during all stages of transportation public-private partnerships project, from development stage to operating period. Ballard Spahr brings a team that has an in-depth knowledge of the P3 industry, delivers work products based on exceptional analyses of the owner’s and concessionaire’s risks in these mega scale projects, provide solutions that protect owner’s risks, helps improve financial feasibility of the project. Ballard Spahr team is very efficient in their use of time. Exceeds expectations regarding collaboration with not only their client but also other stakeholders in the project.’

‘Steve Park is definitely the number one contributor to the success of Virginia P3 projects, including 495 Express Lanes, 95 Express Lanes, 395 Express Lanes, Fredericksburg Extension of the 95 Express Lanes, and numerous other transactions with our concessionaires. His team including John Wheatley, John Smolen, and other associates brings additional quality to Ballard Spahr’s capabilities listed above. Their legal knowledge and commercial knowledge of the transaction and the industry significantly elevate quality of deliverables and advices. Highly recommend Steve Park in particular, and his team in general for transportation P3 transactions.’

‘Ballard is a very strong team esp. in representing owners in the P3 space.’

‘Steve Park is a very strong member of the team – he has great relationship management skills, is a good advocate and negotiator and knowledgeable lawyer’

Key clients

BayWa r.e. USA, LLC

Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan

Amtrak

Controlled Thermal Resources, Inc. and its project subsidiaries (collectively, CTR)

Sacyr Plenary Utility Partners Idaho

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)

Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT)

Port Authority of Kansas City, Missouri (PortKC)

University of Florida

Howard University

Colorado School of Mines

City/Port of Nome, Alaska

Augustana University

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 4

The ‘street-smart‘ team of Ballard Spahr LLP consists of specialists in defamation law, who conduct prepublication content previews, handle access to public record matters, and advise on subpoenas and policies. From Washington DC, Charles Tobin leads the practice and in addition to the firm’s core practice represents clients in unfair competition, disparagement, and false advertising. In Minneapolis, Leita Walker defends against claims of libel, privacy, and right of publicity. The firm elevated Kaitlin Gurney, a specialist in matters of access to public records and prepublication issues, to partner in July 2021. Michael Sullivan has retired from the practice and Steven Zansberg has departed.

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Testimonials

‘Ballard has a first-rate media law practice. It also values and promotes diverse lawyers.’

‘I’ve worked a lot with Michael Berry on defamation defense and newsgathering subpoena matters. His advice and writing is always at the highest standard of excellence. Charles Tobin has done access to public records litigation. The work has never been anything but superb.’

‘They are all excellent lawyers. Street-smart, pragmatic, lovely to use.’

‘Ballard has quality people from top to bottom. No matter what issue arises, we can rely on expert advice from Ballard attorneys to guide us through it. Their folks know the issues well, provide excellent advice and are just good people to know.’

‘Jay Brown is our go-to guy for any media needs. Not only does he know the law, he has excellent judgment and can always be counted on to guide us through the most difficult issues. Chad Bowman is a top-notch litigator. Charles Tobin brings a joy to his work that is infectious. He is an expert and can guide you through any issues.’

‘Charles Tobin, Chad Bowman, Jay Brown, David Bodney and Leita Walker are just some of the top partners in this practice group. They have an encyclopedic knowledge of media law combined with a common sense, cost effective approach to achieving client-oriented results.’

Key clients

CBS

Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and The New York Times Company

Netflix, Inc.

Worldwide Media Services Group, Inc.

The New York Times and James Bennet

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer

Oberlin College and Meredith Raimondo

Politico, LLC

Gray Media Group, Inc., d/b/a WLBT-TV

John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

National Public Radio, Inc. (NPR)

Global Witness

Univision

Cable News Network, Inc.

Phoenix Newspapers, Inc.

A&E Television Networks, LLC

Real estate > Real estate finance Tier 4

From Baltimore, Ballard Spahr LLP‘s practice-co-head Thomas Hauser counsels lenders, investors, borrowers, and other sources of capital in various financing structures and and restructuring of real estate-related assets. Co-head Siobhan O’Donnell in Los Angeles focuses on commercial real estate, and heads the CMBS loan origination team; she also advises on construction loans, preferred equity transactions and mezzanine loans. Jeffrey Page leads the New York office’s real estate finance team, specializing in all facets of real estate lending and restructuring work.

Testimonials

‘Two things stand out to me regarding Ballard Spahr – one is their people and the other is their use of technology to improve the client experience. All of the attorneys that i have dealt with over the past 15 years have been very knowledgeable, thoughtful, creative and responsive. They are problem solvers that help my company and i work through problem assets wand maximize recoveries. The dashboard that they have developed is very helpful. It is a “one stop shop” where my asset managers can access pleadings, motions, loan documents, correspondence on an asset by asset basis. To my knowledge, this is unique in the industry.’

‘Ray Quaglia is an excellent attorney who has represented me in a number of difficult matters. Glenn Figurski and Kelly Wrenn also both deserve a special mention.’

Key clients

Western Alliance Bank

Multiple Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae Servicers

CGA Mortgage Capital

Regions Bank

Continental Realty Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Regions Bank, the lead bank and administrative agent in connection with a syndicated construction loan to a newly formed joint venture.
  • Advised CGA Mortgage Capital, the purchaser and lender in the sale, leaseback of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans new corporate headquarters located in Minneapolis.
  • Advised Western Alliance Bank as the senior lender in the extension of an $200m Inventory and Construction Loan Facility for a Hilton branded timeshare hotel project in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Real estate Tier 4

A nationwide team with ‘outstanding legal expertise and deep industry knowledge’, Ballard Spahr LLP is regarded for its development and financing work in condominiums, hospitality and mixed-use projects. From Baltimore, practice chair Amy McClain is well known for her expertise in development and securing funding for affordable housing projects. Thomas Hauser is another real estate finance specialist in the same office. Other recommended lawyers include Tina Makoulian and Bart Mellits in Philadelphia and Roger Winston in Washington DC, head of the mixed-use department.

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Testimonials

‘The Ballard Spahr attorneys we use have both outstanding legal expertise and deep industry knowledge of the business side of transactions.’

‘Tina Makoulian seamlessly blends commercial savvy and knowledge of the law.’

‘Ballard Spahr provides a first-tier practice with second-tier rates. Their team is highly responsive and practical, particularly, Roger Winston.’

‘Roger Winston is the quintessential trusted advisor to his clients. He cares deeply about the client’s success, demonstrated by follow-up, sharing of relevant legal developments and the like. He’s also a great person- highly trustworthy and reliable.’

Key clients

Wexford Science + Technology

Amtrak

The Philadelphia Navy Yard

Midwood Investment & Development

Exeter Property Group

Brevet Capital Management

The Morris Companies

Weller Development Company

New York City Housing Authority

CGA Capital, LLC

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company

Wasatch Peaks Ranch Development, LLC

Work highlights

  • Working with Wexford Science & Technology for the development of One uCity Square in Philadelphia. One uCity Square will be a 15-story building with office and research and development laboratory space, as well as ground floor retail and an approximately 32,000 square foot public plaza that will serve as the central square for the larger uCity development.
  • Advising the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation in connection with its procurement of a master developer for the redevelopment of two large tracts of property on land acquired by the client from the United States Navy.
  • Advised a client in the acquisition and financing of a five building industrial portfolio in Houston, Texas.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 5

Monopolization and conspiracy cases form the core of Ballard Spahr LLP‘s antitrust group, which represents clients on both side of the aisle. Leslie John, who has a particular focus on the pharmaceutical and health care industries, leads the practice from Philadelphia, where Jason Leckerman and Stephen Kastenberg are further key members of the team. In New York, James Mitchell is specialized in the securities industry, while Philadelphia-based Edward Rogers handles cases relating to monopolization and conspiracy claims. Denise Plunkett  left the firm in January 2021.

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Testimonials

‘The team worked very well together- the work product reflected team engagement.’

‘Leslie John was laser focused on the legal issues, identifying -as it turned out, correctly- the issues and facts that would matter in court. She built our case on the relevant legal issues and got us an outstanding result.’

Key clients

American Board of Internal Medicine

MarketPlace PHL

Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance

Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Biotech

Partnership for Safe Medicines

Wawa, Inc.

Corteva Agriscience, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Kemp & Assoc., Inc.

GlaxoSmithKline LLC

American Board of Internal Medicine

MarketPlace PHL

Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance

Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Biotech

Partnership for Safe Medicines

Wawa, Inc.

Corteva Agriscience, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Kemp & Assoc., Inc.

GlaxoSmithKline LLC

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended the American Board of Internal Medicine against an antitrust class action lawsuit filed by four physicians attacking the very core reason for ABIM’s existence: board certification.
  • Defending Corteva and its subsidiary, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., in class actions in which plaintiffs allege a group boycott by the defendants (including other large agricultural companies, wholesalers, and retailers) not to do business with on-line retailers of “crop inputs,” including seeds and various crop protection products.
  • Defending Mountaire Farms in a class action in which plaintiffs allege that our client, along with other poultry processors, conspired to fix the wages and benefits for certain workers at poultry plants and also allegedly to unlawfully exchange wage and benefits information.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 5

Ballard Spahr LLP in Philadelphia is well versed in the nuances of securities and corporate governance litigation, and frequently acts for companies and their officers and directors in derivative actions, regulatory or internal investigation, special committee representations and shareholder class actions. The firm recently acted for Wrap Technologies in a 10b5 and derivative lawsuit arising from an alleged lack of disclosure, which raised issues regarding causation and previous disclosure in public for a public filing. David Axelrod leads the securities enforcement and corporate governance litigation practice. Norman Goldberger, who leads the municipal securities regulation and enforcement team, also plays a pivotal role in the firm’s major cases. Partner John Grugan ‘consistently exercises outstanding judgment, and is fluent on the law in this area‘.

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‘John Grugan’s leadership is the reason for this firm’s success.’

‘John Grugan is one of the nation’s finest securities litigation – defense attorneys in the country. He consistently exercises outstanding judgment, and is fluent on the law in this area.’

Key clients

Nasdaq

James Pearson

The New York Times and James Bennet

Conduent Incorporated

Wrap Technologies

Nasdaq

James Pearson

The New York Times and James Bennet

Conduent Incorporated

Wrap Technologies

Finance > Financial services regulation Tier 5

Ballard Spahr LLP has a very broad practice across the consumer finance space. In addition to its work advising clients in traditional sectors such as mortgage lending, student loans and medical financing, the practice is frequently engaged by fintech clients as well as by companies using AI and ‘big data’. The team’s regulatory advice includes assisting clients in compliance with the Truth In Lending Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, CFPB rules and state-level legislation such as the California Consumer Privacy Act. The practice is jointly led by Christopher Willis in Atlanta, and Mark Furletti and Daniel McKenna in Philadelphia. New York-based Judy Mok was promoted to partner in July 2021.

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Testimonials

‘Capable of speaking the language of the client and explaining issues in matters the client can understand.’

‘Judy Mok is tremendous at distilling complicated issues into something digestible for the client. She and Dave Medlar also have a gift at capturing the essence of a business discussion into a workable legal document.’

‘The team is unique in their breadth of knowledge around consumer finance legal questions and their level of service. We work with a number of firms and continue to return to Ballard because we received prompt and reliable legal advice on some very complicate and nuanced legal issues.’

‘Mark Furletti is our primary contact. Mark is smart and able to understand very nuanced questions and provide reliable answers. Where a clear answer does not exist, Mark is great at explaining the various laws, decisions and factors that affect the analysis and why there is no definitive answer. I appreciate his respecting our intelligence by walking us through it and leaving us as equipped as possible to advise our management teams and make decision . Mark is also willing to make himself available on fairly short notice, which we appreciate.’

Key clients

Discover Financial Services

Goldman Sachs

Accenture Credit Services

Lending Club

Social Financial, Inc. (“SoFi”)

Comenity Bank

Toyota Financial Services

American Bankers Association

Consumer Bankers Association

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Ballard Spahr LLP’s white-collar defense/internal investigations team acts for a range of public entities and corporations, including multinationals, on government and regulatory investigations, and internal investigations, with particular experience in antitrust cases.

The firm: Ballard Spahr LLP, an AmLaw 100 law firm with 15 U.S. offices, serves clients in more than 50 practice areas. The firm’s mission: to provide nothing less than excellence in every legal representation.

Main areas of practice
Business and transactions: Business and Transactions Department attorneys design strategies, share insights, and assist clients in realizing their goals in a wide array of sectors. The firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions lawyers structure, negotiate, and close transactions, and its Securities attorneys advise on capital-raising activities and compliance with public reporting and proxy obligations. Consumer Financial Services lawyers advise on regulatory matters, assist in the design and documentation of credit products, and represent clients in class action and regulatory enforcement proceedings. Privacy and Data Security attorneys identify potential vulnerabilities and create protective compliance policies and procedures. Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation lawyers design and implement benefits packages that comply with applicable regulatory requirements. Dealmakers turn to the firm’s Private Equity attorneys for knowledge of the unique issues and complexities inherent in designing and effectuating those often-complex transactions. Tax lawyers help clients minimize their tax burden and maximize the benefits of tax credits, deductions, and exemptions.

Intellectual property: The Intellectual Property Department counsels clients on developing, commercializing, enforcing, and defending their intellectual property assets. The firm provides a full range of services, including assisting with IP procurement and licensing, protection of patent, trademark, and copyright portfolios, and developing strong brands. It brings protective actions for clients’ property in the United States and globally. The team has the experience, resources, and versatility to handle the most complex IP issues. IP litigators try complex, high-stakes cases involving cutting-edge technologies for clients across industries in jurisdictions nationwide and before the Patent and Trademark Trial and Appeal Boards.

Litigation: Commercial litigators handle disputes involving breach of contract and UCC-related matters; antitrust/unfair competition; business torts; breach of fiduciary duty; fraud; securities laws; class actions; corporate governance; real estate litigation/transactions; construction claims; lending/finance agreements; contracts for business sales or acquisitions; privacy and data security; trade secrets and other IP matters; wealth management issues; and product liability, insurance, professional liability, and civil rights claims. Labor and Employment attorneys handle discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims, and issues involving FMLA, ERISA, and wage-and-hour matters. White Collar attorneys conduct internal investigations, represent clients facing government enforcement, and handle matters involving FCA, AML/BSA, and FCPA issues. Environmental attorneys represent clients in administrative, civil, and criminal proceedings and advise on national and regional compliance, permitting, rulemaking, develop­ment, and contamination matters—focusing on climate change and sustainability. Bankruptcy attorneys handle corporate restructurings, municipal insolvencies, Chapter 11 creditor/debtor matters, distressed real estate, and M&A. Government Relations attorneys help clients effectively interact with government entities and advise on regulatory, administrative, and legislative matters. Media and Entertainment Law attorneys counsel and litigate on behalf of content providers across media platforms. Securities and Chancery attorneys advise on securities and corporate governance claims. Ballard Spahr is one of the few national law firms with an established Chancery Court practice.

Finance: The firm’s Finance Department focuses on specific industry sectors, project types, and deal structures. The Public Finance practice is among the finest in the country, participating in the issuance of more than $1 trillion in tax-exempt obligations in every U.S. state and territory, and has been nationally recognized by The Bond Buyer since 1958. The P3/Energy /Project Finance Group is a leader in representing government participants and private sector developers, investors, and lenders in innovative public-private partnerships. They handle the development, acquisition, and financing of energy assets, helping clients meet regulatory compliance considerations. They counsel clients on regulatory issues, financing options, transactional considerations, and litigation avoidance strategies necessary for capital-heavy projects. The Real Estate Finance Group represents lenders, special servicers, private equity firms, REITs, life insurance companies, CMBS lenders, and borrowers in loan transactions and distressed real estate deals. The Housing Finance attorneys represent housing authorities, underwriters, investors, and lenders in some of the nation’s largest affordable housing transactions, as well as GSE and HUD financing and tax credit transactions. The Commercial Finance Group represents clients with lending, borrowing, and arranging of capital through varied deal structures and project types.

Real estate: The Real Estate Department serves a diverse client base nationwide. The Development and Transactions Group offers comprehensive services in development, zoning and land use, tax structuring, construction, leasing, condomini­ums, mixed-use projects, and condemnation. The Resort, Hospitality, and Timeshare Group advises on complex projects across a range of industry investment, including project financing, ground-up construction, hotel development, management and repositioning, mixed-use, and first-to-market timeshare products. The Housing Group represents housing authorities, under­writers, developers, and lenders in some of the nation’s largest affordable housing transactions, as well as GSE and HUD financing, LIHTC, RAD, and tax credit transactions.

Chairman: Mark Stewart
Number of partners: 220

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Chair of the Firm Mark Stewart
Business and Transactions, Department Chair Peter V. Michaud
Intellectual Property, Department Chair Lynn E. Rzonca
Litigation, Department Chair Jason A. Leckerman
Finance, Department Co-Chair Dominic J. De Simone
Finance, Department Co-Chair Emilie R. Ninan
Real Estate, Department Chair Amy M. McClain
Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer Amy T. Shepherd
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Richard Andreano photo Richard AndreanoPartner and Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr’s Mortgage Banking Group
Seth Berlin photo Seth BerlinPartner
Chad Bowman photo Chad BowmanPartner
Jay Ward Brown photo Jay Ward BrownPartner
Glenn Figurski photo Glenn FigurskiSenior Counsel
Mary Jo George photo Mary Jo GeorgePartner and Practice Leader of Housing Group
Katie Leesman photo Katie LeesmanAssociate
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