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Ballard Spahr Acquires NY First Amendment Boutique

Ballard Spahr Acquires NY First Amendment Boutique

In the latest addition to its growing media practice, Philadelphia’s Ballard Spahr is set to acquire the 25-lawyer first amendment law boutique, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz. Earlier this summer, in June, the firm added Charles Tobin, a former Holland & Knight partner and in-house lawyer for Gannett, as co-chair of its national media and

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$180K Associates? Not at This Firm, Says Chair

Mark Stewart, chair of Ballard Spahr, said that his firm has no intention of raising first-year associate salaries to $180,000 as Cravath, Swaine & Moore did last week, a move that at least 56 other U.S. law firms have followed. “It does not affect me,” said Stewart. “We could never explain it to the clients for whom we are

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FBI Plots Its Next Move in the Encryption Battle

By Chris Strohm, Bloomberg News The next frontier in the battle between the FBI and technology companies over encrypted communications will be more legally complicated — and messy — than trying to get into the iPhone of a dead terrorist. Messaging tools like Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp and Internet services that automatically encrypt the content of

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Does Dismissal Signal Death Knell for Insider Trading Cases?

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s dogged pursuit of insider trading cases over the past decade has been a boon for elite white collar litigators. But in the aftermath of a recent ruling significantly limiting liability, insider trading prosecutions are dropping like flies. Last week, the U.S. dismissed its case against former SAC Capital Advisors LP fund manager Michael

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Wake Up Call: K&L Gates Chair Shrugs Off Partner Exodus

Below is the latest list of the top news in the legal industry. • K&L Gates chairman Peter Kalis said his 2,000-lawyer law firm is stronger than ever, despite losing 90 partners over the past seven months. (Big Law Business) • Ballard Spahr has separated from its chief marketing and business development officer, John H. Delaney. after just eight

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Wake Up Call: No One Questioned Backdated Checks at Dewey

Below is a list of the top news in the legal industry: • “A former Dewey & LeBoeuf client relations manager Suzanna Sanchez testified Wednesday that partners at the now-defunct firm knew she was looking for backdated checks in order to meet year-end collections targets, but that few questioned the activity.” (American Lawyer) •Herbert Smith

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Gap With Top Firms Will Close, Ballard Spahr Chair Predicts

I think “less and less work is going to fall under that category of, it can only go to a handful of firms,” said Ballard Spahr’s Chair, Mark Stewart. In the final part of Big Law Business’s video series with Stewart, he talks about the separation among the top U.S. law firms, Ballard Spahr’s 2014

Ballard Spahr offered perhaps the first AFA in Big Law in the 1990s

‘Here’s the Proposal: Pay Us Whatever You Want,’ Ballard Spahr Chair Recalls

In the 90s, Ballard Spahr may have been one of the first Big Law firms to offer an alternative fee arrangement when they won DuPont’s business by telling them, “Just pay us whatever you want.” Mark Stewart, Chair of Ballard Spahr, recalls the meeting in part 3 of Big Law Business’s video series with him.

Nobody Inherits Clients Anymore, Ballard Spahr Chair Says

Nobody Inherits Clients Anymore, Ballard Spahr Chair Says

It used to be that law firm partners would inherit clients, but “that’s just not the case anymore,” said Mark Stewart, Chair of Ballard Spahr, in response to a question about the shifting legal market. In part 2 of Big Law Business’s interview, Stewart talks about the challenges facing law firms today, and the move by Big Law

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