Brian D. Huben

Partner He / Him / His
Los Angeles
Brian D. Huben is the Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office, and is a member of the firm's Expanded Board. His practice focuses on the representation of commercial landlords and shopping center owners, managers, and developers, representing them in commercial litigation in state and federal courts. Brian handles retail bankruptcies, representing landlords and other creditors throughout the United States, and often providing counsel to dozens of shopping center owners in each matter. He also advises commercial landlords in everyday operational matters including evictions, breach of lease issues, public access, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Representative Matters

  • Representation of shopping center landlords in Chapter 11 reorganizations such as Garden Botanika, Frederick's of Hollywood, Natural Wonders, Store of Knowledge, Track 'n Trail, Crown Books, Wherehouse Entertainment, The Bombay Company, Sharper Image, Shoe Pavilion, The Walking Company, Round Table Pizza, and Mervyn's.

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

Brian is currently leading a team of Ballard Spahr attorneys working with the ACLU of Oklahoma to investigate the state’s voter suppression laws as part of the firm’s Racial Justice and Equity Initiative.

In 2020, Brian led a team which successfully defended a Holocaust survivor from a water damage claim asserted by a neighbor in his apartment building.

In the Summer of 2019, Brian and two other Ballard Spahr team members spent a week in southwest rural Georgia. The team assisted the local office of the Southern Poverty Law Center with its Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative, providing pro bono representation to detained immigrants.

In 2018, Brian led a team which assisted a Guatemalan teenager with a petition to have her older sister appointed as her legal guardian in order to obtain U.S. citizenship.

Professional Activities

California Business Properties Association

International Council of Shopping Centers

Law Conference Planning Committee, 2011-present

Recognition & Accomplishments

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Samuel L. Williams Outstanding Trustee Award, 2011

The Legal 500 US, finance - restructuring (including bankruptcy) - municipal, 2017

Named to Southern California Super Lawyers, 2013-2021

Speaking Engagements

ICSC RECon 2021, “The New Model Lease,” Las Vegas (virtual), May 25, 2021

ICSC 2020 U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, "A Not So Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – Recent Case Law Affecting Shopping Centers," General Session, Orlando (virtual), October 14, 2020

ICSC 2018 U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, "Remedies, Recoverable Damages and Creative Solutions: What You Want vs. What You Need vs. What You Can Get," – Peer to Peer, Orlando, October 26, 2018


"Bankruptcy Court Finds Tenant Cannot Assume Commercial Lease After Waiving Rights to Seek Relief From Forfeiture Under California Law," Client Alert, September 24, 2014

"Knowing When (or Whether) to Say When-A Survey of Public Access and Free Speech Rights at U.S. Shopping Centers," Co-author, Shopping Center Legal Update, Summer 2014



Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (J.D. 1987)

Loyola Marymount University (B.A. 1984, cum laude)



U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court