Spencer I. Eldred

Los Angeles

Spencer Eldred is an associate in the firm’s Real Estate Department, focusing his practice on real estate development and transactional matters. He has experience representing developers, agencies, and other parties in a full range of land use and zoning matters, including due diligence, processing entitlements, CEQA review (including streamlining), the Surplus Land Act, and litigation. Spencer negotiates and drafts development agreements, real estate covenants, and related easements.

Spencer also has experience working on matters that involve complex title issues, mitigation banks, wetlands, endangered species, California Coastal Commission jurisdiction, affordable housing, the Subdivision Map Act, air resources issues, conservation easements, and the Williamson Act. Prior to Ballard Spahr, Spencer worked in the nonprofit sector, in government, and in private practice.


Representative Matters

  • Represented national developer on the formation of ground leases for a public-private partnership for the expansion of the UC Davis Sacramento campus
  • Negotiated settlement of lawsuit over continued ability of homeowners, who lease land, having the ability to finance their residential units due to a break in a continued leasehold because the landlord’s lease to the homeowners terminates prior to when the successor lease is able to begin
  • Represented regional hospital in complicated leasing issues as the hospital is redeveloped in phases, requiring staged relocation of essential tenants, easements and interests on uncertain timelines

Professional Highlights

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law, 2023

Board Memberships & Community Service

Co-Founder and Steering Committee Member, Los Angeles Regional Open Space and Housing (LA ROSAH) Collaborative



The University of Chicago Law School (J.D. 2014)
Ellman Scholarship

Duke University (B.A., cum laude, 2010)
University Scholars Program