August 1, 2015 |
After a lengthy drought, real estate lawyers are a hot commodity again. The biggest firms in Philadelphia and other cities with booming real estate markets say finding lawyers skilled in handling the zoning, tax, and transactional pieces of complex projects has become a near impossibility. There simply aren't enough lawyers to go around, and that has stretched existing practice groups and forced firms to move lawyers internally from other specialties. " Voracious is the word that I would use to describe what is going on," said Bart Mellits, chair of Ballard Spahr's real estate department, which has more than 100 lawyers.
July 20, 2015 |
Stanley W. Root Jr., 92, of Chestnut Hill and Naples, Fla., a prominent lawyer, Army veteran, and former president of the Union League of Philadelphia, died Wednesday, July 8, of respiratory failure at Chestnut Hill Hospital. Mr. Root's life revolved around commitment to country, profession, and family. Born at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, where his father was stationed as an Army officer, Mr. Root grew up in Chestnut Hill. His mother, Henrietta Brown, was a descendant of Godfryd Lehman, a follower of Francis Daniel Pastorius and an early settler of Germantown.
April 22, 2015 |
The attorney for the employees of South Jersey's only medical marijuana dispensary said Monday that he would file a new petition with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that their attempt to join a union was blocked by their employer. Mark E. Belland said he recently withdrew the complaint he filed this year on behalf of workers at the Compassionate Care Foundation facility in Egg Harbor Township because the rules for organizing a union changed this month. "We plan to refile under the new rules, which set up a more streamlined and quicker process for employees who want to organize," Belland said.
December 16, 2014
NEW YORK - It's not unheard of to develop double vision at some point during the annual alcohol-infused Pennsylvania Society weekend. After all, many of the 60-plus receptions, fundraisers, dinners and private parties offer open bars. But this year's 116th gathering of the Keystone State's power elite, elected officials, lobbyists, wannabes and hangers-on included a double-shot of, "Wait, am I seeing two of who I think I'm seeing?" Both cases involved current newsmakers.
November 12, 2014 |
Ballard Spahr L.L.P. said Monday it has hired Timothy John H. Delaney as chief marketing and business development officer, a position in which he will oversee the firm's marketing strategies and other matters. Delaney had been in the Washington office of the WilmerHale law firm before joining Ballard, a 500-lawyer firm based in Center City with 14 offices throughout the United States. At WilmerHale, Delaney was responsible for business development, procurement strategy and professional development training programs.
November 8, 2014 |
When it came to hedging on Pennsylvania's race for governor, Richard W. Vague couldn't lose. The venture capitalist pumped $120,000 into Tom Wolf's successful campaign, a figure that includes $45,000 in late October, campaign-finance records show. But the Philadelphia businessman poured nearly as much cash into Gov. Corbett's failed reelection bid. Vague signed a $25,000 check in April - on top of $75,000 he gave earlier in the governor's term. Vague said the money reflects his appreciation for both men, such as Corbett's efforts to eliminate wasteful spending, and Wolf's stance on same-sex marriage and gay rights.
July 21, 2014 |
A dispute over development in the Springfield Panhandle has ended in stalemate, with the landowner selling the property to a homebuilder and washing his hands of the controversy. Instead of a 125-unit Atria Senior Living facility and 35 homes, the land now will be developed with 52 homes. Neighbors, developers, and township officials all agreed the facility would have been preferable, but they could not come to a compromise over the rest of the parcel. The debate had become acrimonious and personal.
June 25, 2014 |
Philadelphia lawyer Francis Ballard, 88, a cofounder of the first hospice in Pennsylvania and the first in-home hospice nationwide, died of pulmonary fibrosis while in hospice care at Cathedral Village in Roxborough on Friday, June 20. Mr. Ballard, a Philadelphia native, was born to be an attorney. His grandfather cofounded a law practice that is now the national firm Ballard Spahr, and in 1949 Francis Ballard joined his father and an older brother there. He attended Chestnut Hill Academy, now Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, before attending boarding school at St. George's School in Newport, R.I. He graduated from Yale University in 1946, and he earned his law degree two years later from the University of Pennsylvania.
June 15, 2014 |
A former Pennsylvania attorney general, an ex-lawyer for the Philadelphia School District, and the president of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute all made the list Friday as President Obama nominated four candidates for spots on the federal bench. If confirmed, the nominees, none of whom has judicial experience, will fill four of the five current vacancies in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, which covers the Philadelphia region. "I am honored to put forward these highly qualified candidates," the president said in a statement.
May 14, 2014 |
THE CHAIRMAN of Ballard Spahr, one of Philadelphia's most prominent law firms, was at a loss for words. How to describe Rick Ballard and his impact, not only on the firm but on the community, his family, his friends and the nation? Speaking yesterday while still stunned by Rick's death on Sunday, Mark Stewart could only say: "I could sit here for hours and still not have the words to adequately describe Rick's importance to the firm, his achievements as a lawyer and his impact on those of us who were lucky enough to know him. "Rick was what every lawyer should want to be: fiercely smart, caring, a gentleman.