Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP has been recognized by E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company with a Meeting the Challenge Award for 2005. The firm was recognized for its sustained contributions to the DuPont Legal Model, its positive case results in various areas of litigation, its support of DuPont's diversity programs and its outstanding commitment in the provision of pro bono legal services.
The awards were announced last month by DuPont Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer Stacey J. Mobley who cited Ballard's 'remarkable and outstanding accomplishments in support of the DuPont Legal Model' and noted that the firm 'has distinguished itself as one of the best among an already elite group of DuPont Primary Law Firms and Service Providers.'
The 2005 award marks the eighth time in the last nine years that Ballard, one of DuPont's original Primary Law Firms, has been recognized and honored by the company for its commitment to the DuPont Legal Model which applies 'business discipline' to the practice of law. Only eight of DuPont's 42 Primary Law Firms were recognized with a 2005 Challenge Award.
In the litigation area, Ballard attorneys successfully defended DuPont and obtained a defense verdict against a purchaser seeking over $400 million in damages allegedly arising from misrepresentations in connection with the divestiture of a business. After a 10-day bench trial, the Delaware Superior Court decided all of the issues involved in favor of DuPont. Subsequently, the decision of the Delaware Superior Court was affirmed by the Delaware Supreme Court.
Ballard has been a long-time partner with DuPont in its efforts to promote diversity. The firm served as host and primary sponsor of the 2005 DuPont Minority Counsel Conference held last June in Philadelphia. Since 1997, the firm has coordinated the annual Legal Minority Job Fair sponsored by DuPont, and offers its minority and women summer associates mentoring opportunities through the DuPont Program.
As a signatory to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge, Ballard has made a commitment to contribute at least three percent of its billable time annually to pro bono work, a commitment it has met for the past four years. During that time, the firm has averaged more than 27,000 hours of pro bono legal services annually. Ballard is one of a small number of law firms whose lawyers, on average, meet the American Bar Association's aspirant goal of providing at least 50 hours of pro bono service each year.