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 attracts friendly, outgoing types who are supportive of their colleagues and enjoy socializing.
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Live and direct from Philly town, meet Ballard Spahr. A true Philly native, Ballard Spahr keeps it real with respect to its culture, and it wants to hire people who genuinely want to be part of the firm—no stepping stones here. The firm’s main office in Philadelphia hires heavily from local law schools, but don’t think the hiring process is any less competitive. Associates love the fact that the firm is BigLaw without being “cutthroat,” with a deep respect for personal lives and boundaries. Associates feel that the partners are deeply invested in their careers and success, although they wish that management were more transparent with respect to promotions, compensation, and other high-level decision making. The firm’s compensation is below the NYC market, but associates largely fe...
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 bey...