Ballard Spahr is ranked in the highest tier nationally in 21 practice areas in the 2018 "Best Law Firms" survey by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers released today.

In addition, the law firm Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, which merged with Ballard Spahr on October 1, was honored with two Law Firm of the Year awards for 2018—Litigation: First Amendment and Media Law. 

The "Best Law Firms" list recognizes firms for professional excellence based on feedback about their abilities, professionalism, and integrity provided by other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and practice areas. The Law Firm of the Year honor is based on especially impressive overall performance in the survey in a given practice area. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top practicing attorneys in the United States. Ballard Spahr has more than 115 attorneys on the list, including seven also named 2018 Lawyers of the Year for their practices and locations. 

Firms are ranked in 74 practice areas nationally and in 120 metropolitan areas. In addition to its national rankings, Ballard Spahr received Tier 1 metropolitan rankings for various practices in 10 of the firm's offices—more than 75 additional top-tier rankings based on location and area of focus.

The 2017 list will be published in January by U.S. News & World Report. The national and metropolitan first-tier rankings will be featured in the “Best Law Firms” General Counsel Publication, which will be distributed in December. All rankings will be published online at bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

National Tier 1 Rankings

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Commercial Litigation
Copyright Law
Corporate Law
Environmental Law
Labor Law - Management
Land Use & Zoning Law
Litigation - Antitrust
Litigation - Banking & Finance
Litigation - Bankruptcy
Litigation - Environmental
Litigation - First Amendment
Litigation - Intellectual Property
Litigation - Patent
Litigation - Real Estate
Patent Law
Public Finance Law
Real Estate Law
Securities / Capital Markets Law
Tax Law
Trademark Law

National Tier 2 Rankings

Banking and Finance Law
Biotechnology Law
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Employment Law - Management
Equipment Finance Law
Litigation - Labor & Employment
Litigation - Mergers & Acquisitions
Litigation - Securities
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Securities Regulation

National Tier 3 Rankings

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Energy Law
Financial Services Regulation Law
Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Media Law
Securitization and Structured Finance Law

Metropolitan Tier 1 Rankings, Atlanta

Biotechnology Law
Copyright Law
Litigation - Intellectual Property
Patent Law
Tax Law
Trademark Law

Metropolitan Tier 1 Rankings, Baltimore

Corporate Compliance Law
Corporate Governance Law
Corporate Law
Land Use & Zoning Law
Litigation - Bankruptcy
Real Estate Law

Metropolitan Tier 1 Rankings, Colorado

Commercial Litigation
Litigation - Banking & Finance
Litigation - Mergers & Acquisitions
Litigation - Real Estate
Litigation – Securities

Metropolitan Tier 1 Rankings, Las Vegas

Corporate Law
Government Relations Practice
Land Use & Zoning Law
Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Metropolitan Tier 1 Rankings, New Jersey

Commercial Litigation
Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Environmental
Litigation - Labor & Employment

Metropolitan Tier 1 Rankings, New York City

Administrative/Regulatory Law
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Litigation - Antitrust

Metropolitan Tier 1 Rankings, Philadelphia

Banking and Finance Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Commercial Litigation
Copyright Law
Corporate Law
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Employment Law - Management
Environmental Law
Equipment Finance Law
Labor Law - Management
Land Use & Zoning Law
Litigation - Banking & Finance
Litigation - Bankruptcy
Litigation - Environmental
Litigation - Intellectual Property
Litigation - Labor & Employment
Litigation - Land Use & Zoning
Litigation - Patent
Litigation - Securities
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Patent Law
Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law
Public Finance Law
Real Estate Law
Securities/Capital Markets Law
Securities Regulation
Tax Law
Trusts & Estates Law

Metropolitan Tier 1 Rankings, Phoenix

Corporate Law
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Municipal Law
Non-Profit / Charities Law
Public Finance Law
Real Estate Law
Securities/Capital Markets Law
Tax Law

Metropolitan Tier 1 Rankings, Utah

Banking and Finance Law
Financial Services Regulation Law
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Real Estate Law
Venture Capital Law

Metropolitan Tier 1 Rankings, Washington, D.C.

Energy Law
Litigation - First Amendment
Public Finance Law
Real Estate Law