PHILADELPHIA (July 2, 2012) – Four Ballard Spahr attorneys became partners on July 1, firm Chair Mark Stewart announced today. The new partners are resident in Ballard Spahr’s Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Los Angeles offices. They include an intellectual property attorney, two litigators, and a business and finance attorney.

“It is a pleasure to welcome these exceptional lawyers as our partners,” Mr. Stewart said. “Their talent, likability, and dedication to providing the highest-caliber service to our clients are attributes that contribute to the strength of the firm and make it a special place to work.”

Ballard Spahr’s new partners are:

Scott D. Marty, Ph.D., Atlanta

Dr. Marty is an intellectual property attorney who holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology. He represents clients in the biotechnology, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries in matters involving patent prosecution, portfolio evaluation, and litigation.

Alan S. Petlak, Los Angeles

Mr. Petlak practices general commercial litigation with an emphasis on mortgage banking, real estate, securities, and product liability. He advises lenders on matters involving the Fair Credit Reporting Act and on title issues and foreclosure. He handles securities-related class action lawsuits under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act and arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and advises on regulatory matters brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Dee Spagnuolo, Philadelphia

Ms. Spagnuolo represents companies and individuals in complex civil litigation and during internal corporate investigations, and counsels on compliance and regulatory matters. She also defends clients in criminal investigations involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), state and federal false claims acts, disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) fraud, and environmental compliance.

Heike K. Sullivan, Philadelphia

Ms. Sullivan is a business and finance attorney who counsels high-net-worth individuals and families on taxation and estate planning matters. She drafts wills, inter vivos trusts, and prenuptial agreements, and establishes family limited partnerships and LLCs. She also advises executors and trustees in the administration of estates and trusts.

About Ballard Spahr

Ballard Spahr LLP, a national law firm with more than 500 lawyers in 13 offices in the United States, provides a range of services in litigation, business and finance, real estate, intellectual property, and public finance. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, life sciences and technology companies, health systems, investors and developers, government agencies and sponsored enterprises, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations. The firm combines a national scope of practice with strong regional market knowledge. For more information, please visit