Ballard Spahr has been named national Law Firm of the Year for Real Estate in the U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings for 2016, in recognition of the firm’s overall performance in real estate law.

Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes client evaluations and peer review by leading attorneys. Top firms are then ranked by practice within each metropolitan area and nationally, based on skills, capacity, responsiveness, integrity, and cost-effectiveness. Only one firm is selected as national Firm of the Year in a given practice area.

This ranking is a tremendous acknowledgment of our strong local, regional, and national practices, and our team of outstanding lawyers, all focused on helping clients achieve their goals,” said Bart I. Mellits, Chair of Ballard Spahr’s Real Estate Department. “Over the past year, our attorneys have played leading roles in groundbreaking projects across the country—from the tallest building in Pennsylvania’s history to Utah’s largest solar farm. We are proud of our work and honored to be chosen.”

Ballard Spahr’s Real Estate Department is among the nation’s largest and most active, with more than 115 attorneys in 14 offices across the United States. The firm’s real estate attorneys provide strategic representation through every phase of a project, from concept to completion, offering exceptionally diversified and fully integrated legal services.

In addition to Real Estate Law, U.S. News-Best Lawyers ranks 15 other Ballard Spahr practices in National Tier 1 for 2016. They are:

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Copyright Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Litigation–Banking & Finance
  • Litigation–Environmental
  • Litigation–Intellectual Property
  • Litigation–Real Estate
  • Patent Law
  • Public Finance Law
  • Securities/Capital Markets Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trademark Law

In addition, 71 Ballard Spahr practices were recognized in the Metropolitan Tier 1 rankings in 11 U.S. locations (Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, Las Vegas, New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Diego, and Washington, D.C.)

Earlier this year, 118 Ballard Spahr attorneys throughout the country were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.