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.

Experience 

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

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.

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 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

ICSC 2016 U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, "The Changing Landscape of Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance and Litigation, from Architectural Barriers to Cyber Accessibility, What Every Retail Lawyer Needs to Know," – Seminar, Hollywood, FL, October 27, 2016

Publications

"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

Credentials 

Education

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

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

Admissions

California

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