Marcel S. Pratt, Recording SecretaryNate Koonce

Marcel S. Pratt is a fifth-year associate at Ballard Spahr LLP, where he practices complex commercial litigation with a focus on antitrust, products liability, and consumer class actions. Mr. Pratt also advises private and public companies on antitrust issues with mergers and acquisitions, including obtaining pre-merger clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.

Mr. Pratt is a member of the firm's Hiring Committee and Diversity Council. He is also actively involved in managing the firm’s Summer Associate Program.

Before joining Ballard Spahr, Mr. Pratt was an extern attorney for the Civil Rights Unit of the City of Philadelphia Law Department. Mr. Pratt represented the City and its officials in federal civil rights litigation and state law tort claims. He won multiple defense verdicts in state court arbitrations, successfully argued motions in federal and state court, and provided legal counsel to municipal departments on civil rights issues. He also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Clifford Scott Green and the Honorable Petrese B. Tucker, both of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Pratt is a graduate of the Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (J.D. 2009), where he was a member of the Temple Law Review, a John F. Street Scholar, a Lena L. Hale Prize recipient, assignments editor of the Temple Prima Facie newspaper, and Chairman of the Academic & Professional Development Committee for the Black Law Students Association. 

Mr. Pratt is also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., Economics 2006).  He is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.

Professional Associations
American Bar Association
Philadelphia Bar Association, Business Law Section Executive Committee
National Bar Association, Deputy Regional Director for Region III (PA, NJ, DE)
Barristers Association of Philadelphia, Executive Board
Pennsylvania Bar Association, past member, House of Delegates
Ballard Spahr's Hiring Committee and Diversity Council

Co-author, "NCAA Cannot Bar Compensation of Student-Athletes for Use of Their Names and Likenesses, Federal Court Says," Ballard Spahr alert, August 11, 2014

Co-author, "Court Endorses FTC Authority To Require Special Reporting for Pharmaceutical Licenses," Ballard Spahr alert, June 4, 2014

Co-author, "HSR Act Allows Pharmaceutical Licensing Transactions To Be Subject to Unique Reporting Requirements, FTC Tells Court," Ballard Spahr alert, March 13, 2014

Co-author, "'The Past Is Never Dead': FTC Requires Divestiture of Acquisition Five Years After Deal Closed," Ballard Spahr alert, December 26, 2013

Co-author, "FTC Issues Premerger Notification Review Changes for Pharmaceutical Patent License Transfers," Ballard Spahr alert, November 7, 2013

Co-author, "Cy Pres Permitted in Class Action Settlements but Makes Approval More Difficult, Third Circuit Holds," Ballard Spahr alert, February 21, 2013

Co-author, "Price-Cost Test Does Not Apply in Exclusive Dealing Cases Where Pricing Is Not the Exclusionary Tool, Third Circuit Holds, While Circumscribing Prior Holding in LePage's," Ballard Spahr alert, October 3, 2012

Speaking Engagements
Panelist, "The New Antitrust Paradigm: Increased Enforcement and Opportunity," DELVACCA Health Biotech & Pharma CLE Institute, King of Prussia, Pa., June 5, 2014

"Hot Topics in Health Care: Navigating the Pitfalls and Minimizing the Risks of Consolidation and Coordination," Ballard Spahr CLE program, March 19, 2014

"Antitrust Briefing – A Look at Current Litigation and Enforcement Trends," Ballard Spahr CLE program, July 18, 2012

Community Activities
Constitution High School, Past Mock Trial and Moot Court Coach

Board Memberships
EducationWorks, Inc., Board of Trustees

Please email any questions you may have to Marcel Pratt.

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