With deep roots in Philly, Ballard Spahr has made its mark across the U.S. with 15 offices. The firm has a particularly robust litigation practice and has been lauded for its focus on innovation. The firm advises 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 attracts friendly, outgoing types who are supportive of their colleagues and enjoy socializing.
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Bottom line, the culture at Ballard Spahr is fantastic. This is a firm where associates feel they can be their true selves, and they rave about the kind, supportive culture. Lawyers get together socially on a regular basis, including throughout the pandemic with such events as quizzo nights and virtual escape room. Associates are also thrilled with their relationships with partners, who are supportive and value associates’ contributions. Some feel management has gotten more transparent lately, while others wish for more insight into certain areas, such as compensation. Associates describe their compensation as below market, but many prefer their work-life balance to making more money. The firm has a strong mentorship program, with associates receiving both a partner and associate ...
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 be...