Rick Ballard
Rick Ballard

Frederic L. Ballard, Jr.


Tel 202.661.2210
Fax 202.661.2299
Washington, DC

Frederic L. Ballard, Jr., is the Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's Tax Group and Exempt Organizations Group. He practices primarily in federal income tax matters relating to municipal bond issues.

Mr. Ballard joined the firm in Philadelphia as an associate in 1966 and became a partner in 1973. In 1978, he moved to Washington, D.C., to open the firm's first office outside Philadelphia. He served as Managing Partner of the Washington office from 1978 to 1995, and as Chair of the Public Finance Department from 1995 to 2000 and of the Financial Planning and Management Department from 2000 to 2006.

Mr. Ballard has worked on bond financings for the largest buildings in three states: the Denver International Airport, the Red Dog ore storage building in Alaska, and the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. His practice includes transactional planning for tax-exempt bond financing for hospitals and health care systems, colleges and universities, and other charitable organizations; and for cities, states, and state agencies, including housing and industrial development agencies. In addition, Mr. Ballard helps clients with planning and advice for use of derivative financial products, and tax controversy representation in audits of outstanding bond issues by the Internal Revenue Service. He also represents investment bankers and business entities using tax-exempt financing.

Pro Bono Experience

Mr. Ballard has represented numerous nonprofit organizations in tax-exemption proceedings on a pro bono basis.

Professional Activities

American Bar Association
Member, Section of State and Local Government Law; Member and former Vice Chair, Section of Taxation

American College of Bond Counsel, former Director

American College of Tax Counsel, former Chair

Government Finance Officers Association, Associate Member

National Association of Bond Lawyers
Member and former Director; former Chair, Tax Committee

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America, public finance law, 2008-2014

Named Best Lawyers' 2012 Washington Public Finance Lawyer of the Year

Recipient, National Association of Bond Lawyers, Bernard P. Friel Medal for Service in Public Finance (2005) and Frederick O. Kiel Distinguished Service Award (2007)


ABCs of Arbitrage (American Bar Association, 2011), a reference work used by public officials, municipal bond attorneys, and investment bankers

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Ballard regularly participates on panels for the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the National Council of State Housing Agencies, and the American Bar Association Section of Taxation.

Community Activities

Mr. Ballard is a longtime supporter of and contributor to the Washington Area Women's Foundation. He has served as a volunteer on projects for Habitat for Humanity International in Australia, Chile, and Brazil.

Board Memberships

Chestnut Hill Academy (Philadelphia), former trustee

Chestnut Hill and Springside Corporation (Philadelphia), former trustee

Harvard Law School (LL.B. 1966)

Harvard College (A.B. 1963)

District of Columbia


U.S. Tax Court