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Ballard Spahr expands Phoenix office

Ballard Spahr has significantly expanded its Phoenix office with the addition of prominent litigators known for their work in media and constitutional law, complex commercial litigation, and bankruptcy, firm Chair Mark Stewart announced. Joining the firm today as partners are David J. Bodney, a nationally recognized First Amendment litigator who will lead the firm’s Media Law Group, and Craig Solomon Ganz, who handles corporate restructuring, complex commercial litigation, and bankruptcy issues. Joining the firm as of counsel is Chris Moeser, who also practices media and constitutional law.

“All of our new lawyers—David, Craig, and Chris—possess the skills, experience, and reputation for excellence that clients seek,” Stewart said. “We could not be more pleased.”

Bodney is Chair-Elect of the ABA Forum on Communications Law. He and Moeser advise communications industry clients on an array of issues, ranging from the defense of defamation, privacy, and intellectual property claims to the prosecution of open government actions. They come to Ballard Spahr from Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where Bodney had served on the firm’s executive committee and as managing partner of its Phoenix office.

Aside from his media law practice, Bodney has significant experience litigating complex commercial, regulatory, and political disputes in federal, state, and tribal courts. He has handled numerous matters involving intellectual property, American Indian law, and governmental affairs. Bodney has briefed several high-profile cases in the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Ballard Spahr’s culture of collaboration makes it the right place to continue to develop a strong practice both locally and nationwide,” Bodney said. “I’m a longtime admirer of the firm and am delighted to be part of it.”

Ganz comes to the firm from Gallagher & Kennedy. He focuses on corporate restructuring and complex commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on securities litigation, real property litigation, and issues involving distressed real estate. He has significant experience defending and prosecuting actions on behalf of corporate clients in matters involving lender liability, fraud, securities law violations, RICO actions, representing and advising REITs, and a host of other issues.

In his bankruptcy and reorganization practice, Ganz represents corporate creditors and debtors. He frequently advises clients on debtor financing issues, 363 Sales, avoidance and preference actions, stay proceedings, and claim analysis.

“Ballard Spahr’s national resources and strong regional market knowledge create an excellent platform for me to serve clients on a wider scale,” Ganz said. “The firm is nationally known for its work in both real estate and litigation. My practice spans the two. It’s a good fit.”

Said Stephen M. Savage, Managing Partner of the Phoenix office: “Our office is vital to Ballard Spahr’s growth in the Southwest. With the addition of David, Craig, and Chris, our litigation bench becomes stronger and more diversified. This is a big day for our Phoenix office and a development that will bring significant benefits to our clients, both here and throughout the country.”

Steptoe & Johnson LLP partner David Bodney

Steptoe Lawyers Receive Freedom of Information Award

Steptoe & Johnson LLP partner David Bodney and associate Chris Moeser have received a 2013 Freedom of Information (FOI) Award from the Arizona Newspapers Association, consisting of 120-member newspapers throughout the state.  Messrs. Bodney and Moeser were recognized at a reception held September 14 at the Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix.

The winners of the FOI Awards are selected by the board of directors of the Arizona Newspapers Association and the Associated Press Media Editors.  The awards tell the story of how public information from government sources is used for the benefit of Arizona citizens.

Messrs. Bodney and Moeser were recognized for their work on behalf of KPNX Broadcasting Co., the NBC affiliate in Phoenix, on an investigative report called “Watching Tony Die.”  Through the lawsuit, Steptoe secured access to a videotape of prison guards who stood and watched an inmate bleed to death rather than render aid.  Steptoe also secured a $26,317.40 payment from the Arizona Department of Corrections to cover the station’s attorneys’ fees.  Messrs. Bodney and Moeser were nominated by the station’s news director to receive the award, along with the reporters Wendy Halloran and Mark Philips, and photojournalist Jeff Blackburn, who won the award for their newsgathering and reporting efforts.

Mr. Bodney, who has practiced media and constitutional law for more than 30 years, is chair-elect of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Communications Law, the country’s premiere legal organization dedicated to the advancement of education in communications law.  He serves as adjunct faculty at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Mr. Moeser, who also practices media and constitutional law, received his law degree from the University of Arizona.  Prior to joining Steptoe, he worked as a criminal justice, general assignment and political reporter for The Phoenix Gazette and The Arizona Republic.