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January 3, 2012
The Ballard Spahr law firm of Center City said Tuesday that John B. Langel has been named chair of its litigation department and William C. Rhodes will head the public finance group. Ballard's litigation department is composed of more than 200 lawyers, while its public finance group, which represents state and local governments and other entities in bond transactions, is composed of 50 lawyers.    - Chris Mondics
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January 25, 2011 | By NAOMI JAGODA, jagodan@phillynews.com 215-854-5926
Ed Rendell may have left the Pennsylvania governor's mansion just last week, but he certainly isn't out of work. Rendell has added to the list of his post-gubernatorial jobs by rejoining the Ballard Spahr law firm as a partner in its Philadelphia office, the firm announced yesterday. Rendell previously worked at the firm between his terms as Philadelphia mayor and governor. He will work primarily on public-private partnerships and issues relating to infrastructure, energy, the environment, health care and higher education, according to a news release.
NEWS
April 2, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella and Chris Mondics, STAFF WRITERS
Peter Mills Mattoon, 84, of Lafayette Hill, a longtime leader of the Philadelphia law firm Ballard Spahr, died Tuesday, March 29, at Jefferson University Hospital of injuries sustained in a fall. Mr. Mattoon started in Ballard Spahr's relatively staid estates practice, but it wasn't long before he began to work in the more glamorous precincts of major-league sports, where he represented the 76ers and their owner at the time, philanthropist Eugene Dixon Jr. His lawyering was so skillful that his colleagues at Ballard eventually elevated him to the role of firm chairman and he stayed in that leadership position for more than 16 years, until he stepped down in 1997.
BUSINESS
June 2, 2009 | By Chris Mondics INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
To cope with an ongoing decline in business and rising costs, Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll L.L.P. is cutting compensation for its more junior lawyers. The move follows the layoffs of nearly 170 staff and more than a half-dozen lawyers in the last year. The firm declined to comment yesterday on the salary cuts, saying that as a matter of policy it would not discuss compensation of its lawyers. But legal-community observers said the firm's 238 associates had been informed their pay would be reduced.
NEWS
May 14, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
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.
NEWS
December 23, 1999 | By Cynthia Burton, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mayor Rendell will become a partner at the law firm of Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll on Jan. 3, the day he leaves office. Rendell has strong personal and political ties to the firm. His former chief of staff and close friend, David L. Cohen, is the firm's chairman. Rendell's friend and loyal political supporter Arthur Makadon is chairman of the firm's litigation department. And its members and political action committee combine to make the firm Rendell's number-one, all-time campaign contributor at $308,947 since 1990.
NEWS
February 18, 2009 | By Paul Nussbaum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Delaware River Port Authority spent nearly $2 million on outside legal firms in 2007 and 2008, and the biggest beneficiary was the former firm of Gov. Rendell, who chairs the DRPA. Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll L.L.P. collected $620,412 over the last two years, DRPA records show. The firm was paid to handle labor issues, trademark matters, and preparation for toll increases, among other things. Rendell was a partner at Ballard Spahr before he was elected governor.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2008 | By Chris Mondics INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
John H. Estey, a trusted confidant of Gov. Rendell and a key player in his administration, plans to leave state government to join the Philadelphia law firm of Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll L.L.P., where he will lead a new practice group representing corporate clients before government agencies. Estey, 45, was Rendell's chief of staff from the beginning of the governor's administration in 2003 through April last year, when he stepped aside to fill the role of senior adviser.
NEWS
August 22, 2000 | By Clea Benson, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After Stephanie Franklin-Suber leaves her post as Mayor Street's chief of staff Sept. 3, she will take a job practicing business law as a partner at the politically connected firm of Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll, the firm announced yesterday. Franklin-Suber, who was a corporate lawyer before she joined city government, will handle standard corporate matters such as mergers and acquisitions, said David L. Cohen, the chairman of the firm. Though Ballard Spahr has a large public-finance department and represents clients who have business with the City of Philadelphia, Franklin-Suber will not handle any matters that she dealt with while in city government, either as chief of staff or in her previous job as city solicitor, Cohen said.
NEWS
September 27, 2011
TOP-10 law firms used by the school district since 2006 1. Blank Rome: $6.3 million 2. Saul Ewing: $1.16 million 3. Ballard Spahr: $848,997 4. Tucker Law Group, LLC: $581,305 5. WolfBlock: $454,496 6. Cozen & O'Connor: $434,936 7. Feldesman Tucker Leifer & Fidell: $431,015 8. Archer & Greiner: $406,755 9. Fineman Krekstein & Harris: $404,726 10. Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis: $386,655 ...
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May 2, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy, Mark Fazlollah, and Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITERS
In the world of Pennsylvania politics, it would have been tough to find someone more deeply connected than John Estey. The former chief of staff to Gov. Ed Rendell and a onetime top lawyer, Estey spent the last two decades moving in and out of many circles, Democratic and Republican: Philadelphia City Hall. The state Capitol. The Delaware River Port Authority. A $12 billion charity. Unbeknownst to all but the FBI, he also apparently had another title: federal cooperator. Friday's disclosure that he had been snared in a corruption sting that started seven years ago was poised to be even more explosive than last year's arrest of Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord for extorting political donors.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
Cosmic themes typically aren't the domain of commercial litigators such as David Pittinsky, who practices with Ballard Spahr in Center City. They focus on nitty-gritty factual and legal issues for clients seeking an edge in business disputes. Yet the question emerges from a legal dispute that has its roots in the Aug. 9, 2014, police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and the catastrophic riots that ensued. In November, Pittinsky was hired by a small group of predominantly African American municipalities near St. Louis to challenge Missouri's principal reform measure after Brown's slaying: a law sharply reducing the amount of money the towns could use from traffic fines and other offenses to fund municipal budgets.
NEWS
April 2, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella and Chris Mondics, STAFF WRITERS
Peter Mills Mattoon, 84, of Lafayette Hill, a longtime leader of the Philadelphia law firm Ballard Spahr, died Tuesday, March 29, at Jefferson University Hospital of injuries sustained in a fall. Mr. Mattoon started in Ballard Spahr's relatively staid estates practice, but it wasn't long before he began to work in the more glamorous precincts of major-league sports, where he represented the 76ers and their owner at the time, philanthropist Eugene Dixon Jr. His lawyering was so skillful that his colleagues at Ballard eventually elevated him to the role of firm chairman and he stayed in that leadership position for more than 16 years, until he stepped down in 1997.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
As a young man growing up in small-town New Jersey, Louis A. Petroni knew early on that he wanted to be a lawyer. His father was among the first in Glassboro's Italian American community to attend college, and he urged his children to prepare for professional careers. Petroni said he never imagined that he would one day ascend to chairman of one of Philadelphia's most venerable law firms, Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads L.L.P. Yet that's exactly what happened earlier this month, when Petroni's colleagues elected him to a two-year term.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
Since the disputed 2000 presidential contest and the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Bush v. Gore , the law governing elections has become ever more contentious as the political parties vie for the slightest advantage. Seeing a growing market for legal advice on everything from campaign finance to congressional redistricting, Center City's Ballard Spahr law firm has created a practice group with 15 lawyers to guide political candidates, parties, and corporations through the thickets of case law, statutes, and regulations that govern political contests.
BUSINESS
January 5, 2016
The New Hope Historical Society has elected Carole Oberholtzer Martin president. She had been a sales engineer in the building controls and automation industry for 20 years. She has served on the board of the Valley Forge Historical Society. Other officers include Edwin Hild, cofounder and owner of Olde Hope Antiques Inc., New Hope, vice president, and Chuck Mintzer, member of the Friends of the Delaware Canal and Solebury Township Historical Society, treasurer. New members are Mary Ellen Mason, co-owner of the Lambertville House, Lambertville; Claire Shaw, periodontist and owner of Doylestown Periodontics, Doylestown; Bryce Sanders, president, of Perceptive Business Solutions.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ballard Spahr lawyers are betting on a handful of area start-up companies they hope will become the next Comcasts or Microsofts. The Philadelphia law firm has launched a program to promote small to medium-size businesses by offering them discounted legal and financial advice, in the belief the firms will prosper and stick with Ballard for legal representation. Gregory Seltzer, cochair of the firm's emerging-growth practice, said companies are selected on a competitive basis. Companies admitted to the program are offered monthly sessions with financial planners, tax experts, and lawyers versed in the complexities of forming new businesses.
NEWS
October 20, 2015 | By Matthew Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph K. Gordon, 90, a renowned Philadelphia lawyer and banking executive whose philanthropic prowess seemed to know no bounds, died of heart-related complications at Bryn Mawr Hospital on Oct. 5. Mr. Gordon, of the Haverford section of Lower Merion Township and Palm City, Fla., was a graduate of Episcopal Academy, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, as well as a veteran who served in the U.S. Navy during World...
NEWS
October 16, 2015 | By Jack Tomczuk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jane Catlett Ballard, 88, a leader of music education organizations, died of heart disease Tuesday, Oct. 6, at her home in the Cathedral Village retirement community in Roxborough. Mrs. Ballard was born in Hagerstown, Md., and reared in Virginia, in Staunton and Richmond. She attended St. Catherine's School and graduated in 1949 with a bachelor of arts from Vassar College. While working for the dean of students at the Union Theological Seminary in New York, she met Francis Ballard, whom she married in 1956.
BUSINESS
September 21, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
In early 2012, after plans to raise money through traditional venture capital sources failed to pan out, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Eric Migicovsky and his team at Pebble Technology went in a different direction. They turned to the Internet site Kickstarter and launched one of the early digital crowd-funding campaigns to finance development of an interactive watch that would display email, text messages, stock quotes, and more. Within weeks, Pebble had collected $10.3 million from thousands of Web users who agreed to accept only the promise of a watch in return.
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