Diana Spagnuolo
Diana Spagnuolo

Dee Spagnuolo


Tel 215.864.8312
Fax 215.864.3572

Dee Spagnuolo is the firm's Partner in Charge of Attorney Career Advancement and a member of the Executive Team of the Management Committee. Ms. Spagnuolo focuses on the representation of companies and individuals in all aspects of complex civil litigation, internal investigations in educational and corporate settings, and compliance and regulatory matters. Ms. Spagnuolo has defended clients in civil litigation and criminal investigations involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), state and federal false claims acts (FCA), disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) fraud, and regulatory compliance and ethics.

Ms. Spagnuolo's practice also includes the institutional response to sexual misconduct. She was one of the lead Ballard Spahr attorneys conducting a review of cases and internal procedures for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia following a grand jury indictment of several priests accused of sexual abuse. Ms. Spagnuolo also has extensive experience managing internal investigations, communications with law enforcement, disciplinary proceedings, and the interplay between civil and criminal proceedings in the area of sexual misconduct. Domestic and international clients have included educational institutions, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and religious institutions.

Ms. Spagnuolo also counsels corporate clients with respect to their internal and external diversity and inclusion policies and practices, with a particular focus on workforce and procurement.

As the Partner in Charge of Attorney Career Advancement, Ms. Spagnuolo is responsible for the recruitment, training, professional development, compensation, and evaluation of nearly 275 non-partner lawyers. She also serves as a member of Ballard Spahr's Diversity and Inclusion Council.

Prior to law school, Ms. Spagnuolo worked as a college counselor for at-risk youth and as a research assistant for the Say Yes to Education Foundation. She also served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic.

Representative Matters

  • Conducts internal investigations of alleged civil rights violations, child abuse, and sexual misconduct in educational settings
  • Represents a number of clients in litigation and internal investigations involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Federal False Claims Act, antitrust matters, regulatory and ethics compliance, and various business frauds
  • Represents clients in front of the DOJ Fraud Section and Antitrust Division, various U.S. Attorney's Offices, the Philadelphia Office of Inspector General, State Attorney General Offices, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Office of Fair Trading in London
  • Represents educational institutions, health care providers, pharmaceutical companies, and financial institutions in False Claims Act litigation
  • Advises corporations on their diversity and inclusion policies and practices

Pro Bono Experience

Ms. Spagnuolo has represented a wide range of pro bono clients. She represents players on the Women's National Ice Hockey Team as they seek gender equality with USA Hockey. Ms. Spagnuolo has also counseled and trained nonprofit organizations in the areas of child abuse reporting and criminal background policies.

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. R. Barclay Surrick, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2003-2004

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

National Association of College and University Attorneys

Recognition & Accomplishments

Named a Diverse Attorney of the Year, The Legal Intelligencer, 2015

Named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers "Rising Star," 2008, 2010-2014

Recipient, The Legal Intelligencer's 2013 "Lawyers on the Fast Track" award, given to select young Pennsylvania lawyers whose achievements have distinguished them among their peers

Named among the "Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 – Class of 2012" by the National LGBT Bar Association

Recipient, Ballard Spahr's Alan J. Davis Award for legal representation involving the public good, 2011

Recipient, Noyes E. Leech Award, for contribution to the Journal of International Economic Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School


Co-author, "Getting with the Program: Tackling Section 342," Mortgage Compliance Magazine, November 1, 2016 

Co-author, "Recent Developments under Dodd-Frank's Diversity Standards," Ballard Spahr alert, November 11, 2015

Co-author, "Final Diversity and Inclusion Standards Issued Jointly by Six Federal Agencies," Ballard Spahr alert, June 9, 2015

Co-author, "Laying the Groundwork: Creating a Complaint Section 342 Program," Mortgage Compliance Magazine, February 4, 2015

Co-author, "White House Task Force on Sexual Assault Releases First Report; OCR Issues Long-Awaited FAQs," Ballard Spahr Higher Education alert, April 29, 2014

Co-author, "Federal Negotiators Allow Lawyers, Other Advisers To Participate in Campus Sexual Assault Hearings," Ballard Spahr Higher Education alert, April 3, 2014

Co-author, "New Campus SaVE Act Requirements Effective Today," Ballard Spahr Higher Education alert, March 7, 2014

Co-author, "President Obama Establishes Task Force To Focus on Campus Sexual Assaults," Ballard Spahr Higher Education alert, January 24, 2014

Co-author, "OCR Investigations of Educational Institutions Find Violations of Title IX, Section 504, ADA," Ballard Spahr Higher Education alert, November 8, 2013

Co-author, "HHS Says Qualified Health Plans Are Not ‘Federal Health Care Programs'," Ballard Spahr alert, November 7, 2013

Co-author, "Major New Jersey Health System Pays $12.6 Million To Settle False Claims Act Suit Alleging Physician Kickback Scheme," Ballard Spahr alert, January 30, 2013

Co-author, "Look Out! They're Gonna Get YOU: DOJ Going After Individuals in FCPA Prosecutions," Corporate Counsel, March 17, 2010

Co-author, "Eastern District Hands Down Landmark Decision under False Claims Act," Ballard Spahr alert, December 8, 2009

Co-author, "Federal Appeals Court Rejects Free Speech Claims of Animal Rights Activists," Ballard Spahr alert, October 16, 2009

Co-author, "Expansion of False Claims Act Liability Signed into Law by President," Ballard Spahr alert, May 22, 2009

Co-author, "Making It a Summer to Remember," The Legal Intelligencer, June 9, 2008

Speaking Engagements

"Diversity and Inclusion Programs in the Financial Services Industry," American Bankers Association, January 23, 2017 

"Developing a Diversity and Inclusion Strategy," Ballard Spahr CLE, Philadelphia, January 12, 2017 

"Diversity and Dodd-Frank Section 342," ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, September 8, 2016

"Diversity Issues in Higher Education," Ballard Spahr webinar, April 19, 2016

"Complying with the Dodd-Frank Diversity and Inclusion Standards," Association of Corporate Counsel, Arizona Chapter, Phoenix, November 17, 2015

"The New Diversity Standards: What's a Banker to Do?" American Bankers Association CLE, September 29, 2015

"Dodd Frank: Implications for Your Diversity and Inclusion Program," American Bar Association webinar, August 12, 2015

"Complying with the Final Diversity and Inclusion Standards," Ballard Spahr webinar, July 15, 2015

"What Organizations Need to Know about Pennsylvania's Amendments to the Child Protective Services Law", Ballard Spahr CLE, Philadelphia, July 9, 2015

"Roundtable: Diversity and Inclusion as Components of Compliance Management," MBA's Strategic Markets & Diversity Summit, Washington, D.C., June 25, 2015

"Attention Publicly Traded Companies: Dodd-Frank's Diversity & Inclusion Standards Want You! (More Than Just Financial Institutions)," Philadelphia Bar Institute, 21st Annual Employment Law Institute, April 28, 2015

"Diversity — Complying with Dodd-Frank Section 342," Mortgage Bankers Association, Regulatory Compliance Conference, Washington, D.C., September 30, 2014

"LGBT Roundtable," Philadelphia Diversity Council, Fifth Annual Philadelphia Diversity & Leadership Conference: Imagine Inclusion!, September 4, 2014

"Advanced Topics in Title IX Compliance and Beyond: A Thoughtful Discussion of Critical Issues in the Institutional Approach and Response to Sexual Violence on Campus,"Part II of a Ballard Spahr webinar, March 18, 2014, and Part I , February 27, 2014

"Internal Investigations – Lessons Learned from the Rutgers Basketball Case," Ballard Spahr webinar, June 26, 2013

"Getting a Grip on HIPAA," Ballard Spahr webinar, February 20, 2013

"Legal Challenges: Creative Strategies that Threaten Research," part of "Security: Risks & Reality of Animal Extremism Across the Biomedical Research Community," New Jersey Association of Biomedical Research, October 3, 2012

"Market Trends in Third Party Due Diligence," Ernst & Young General Counsel Roundtable Series, June 13, 2012

"Employee Training," EducationWorks, Inc., Annual Retreat, April 4, 2012

Moderator, "A Powerful Governmental Tool: The False Claims Act," Ballard Spahr LLP and the Philadelphia Young Lawyers Division of the ABA's White Collar Crime Committee, March 23, 2011

"Bridge the Gap" CLE, February 2010

"Addressing Solutions for the Pharmaceutical Industry in Navigating Animal Rights Extremism," Symposium on Global Security, October 2007

Guest lecturer, Drexel University, Earle Mack School of Law

Community Activities

Bowdoin College Alumni Council

Bowdoin Alumni Schools Interviewing Committee (BASIC)

Bowdoin Club of Philadelphia

University of Pennsylvania Association of Alumnae

University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D. 2003)
Class President; Legal Writing Fellow; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of International Economic Law

Bowdoin College (A.B. 1996)

Captain of the varsity Field Hockey, Women's Ice Hockey, and Softball teams; All-American Honors in Field Hockey 


Fluent in Spanish; conversational in Italian


U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit