Our affinity groups comprise lawyers with shared cultural, experiential, or job-related interests, experiences, or backgrounds. Affinity groups support retention through informal mentoring, internal networking, business development support, and the firm’s recruiting. Their goals and activities are carefully planned and linked to the firm’s business goals. The groups are open to all Ballard Spahr lawyers interested in supporting the firm’s diversity initiatives.

Ballard Women 

Ballard Women recognizes the unique perspectives of the senior women at the firm. The group helps senior women attorneys grow their practices and strengthen their professional profiles, in part by hosting unique and energetic client networking events. It works to advance our women into key participation and leadership roles inside and outside of the firm. Ballard Women mentors the firm's women associates across offices and practice groups.

Denise L. Plunkett, 646.346.8036, plunkettd@ballardspahr.com
Melanie J. Vartabedian, 801.517.6842, vartabedianm@ballardspahr.com

Ballard Women Associates 

The group facilitates internal and external networking as well as professional development activities that support the success and advancement of women in the firm. The group organizes internal programs on various topics, fosters mentoring and personal achievement, and encourages the exchange of ideas. Together with Ballard Women, it is a resource to law students and associate lawyers in developing the next generation of strong and confident female professionals.

Lea A. Phillips, 602.798.5464, phillipsla@ballardspahr.com
Jane E.R. Siegfried, 215.864.8538, siegfriedj@ballardspahr.com

Diverse Non-Partner Lawyers Group 

The Diverse Non-Partner Lawyers Group seeks to establish and build relationships both within the firm and in the broader legal community. The group meets regularly to discuss leadership, retention, recruitment, mentoring, and developing opportunities. The group also strives to promote and further the recruiting/hiring initiatives of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Council.

Yunhee Kim, 215.864.8253, kimy@ballardspahr.com
Dameon M. Rivers, 202.661.2231, riversd@ballardspahr.com

Ballard Spahr Work-Life integration Group

This group brings together lawyers from across the firm—partners and non-partner lawyers, men and women, those working full-time and reduced hours—who provide mutual resources and support for one another around the issue of work-life balance. The group supports the Back to Business initiative, which provides outreach to all lawyers returning from leave.

Pavitra Bacon, 202.661.2295, baconp@ballardspahr.com
Brian W. LaCorte, 602.798.5449, lacorteb@ballardspahr.com

Equality Ballard: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Lawyers and Friends

Equality Ballard provides opportunities for business and professional development and outreach to the LGBTQ community. The group promotes and furthers the recruiting initiatives of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. Through internal networking, the group strives to maintain a supportive environment, and through pro bono outreach and civic and philanthropic work, its members have an impact on the communities where they live and work.

Katherine Atkinson, 215.864.8366, atkinsona@ballardspahr.com
Daniel B. Englander, 678.420.9538, englanderd@ballardspahr.com