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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 Senior Leadership Team. 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.
  • In the last two years, Brian has successfully tried four cases to judgment or verdict in California state courts on behalf of landlords and against commercial tenants asserting various affirmative defenses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

In 2024, after a two-year effort, Brian and another Ballard Spahr attorney succeeded in obtaining asylum for an Afghan refugee evacuated from Kabul shortly after the Taliban regained power.

Between 2021 and 2024, and as part of Ballard Spahr's Racial Justice and Equity Initiative, Brian led a team of Ballard Spahr attorneys to work with the Oklahoma Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. Together, they investigated the state's voter laws to improve absentee ballot access for incarcerated individuals.

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

Featured on The Legal Intelligencer's 2022 list of 'West Trailblazers'

ICSC, Trustees’ Distinguished Service Award, 2022

Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), Class of 2022

Speaking Engagements

California Judges Association, “Our Post-COVID World: How Has COVID Affected the Law and Changed the Way We Handle Cases?” Los Angeles (virtual) March 07, 2022

ICSC 2021 U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, “Recent Developments 2021: Despite, Including, and During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” General Session, San Francisco, November 3, 2021

Los Angele County Bar Association, “Allies: Men in the Mix,” Los Angeles (virtual), July 30, 2021


"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