Jon M. Laria

Partner
Baltimore

Jon M. Laria is a member of Ballard Spahr's Expanded Board, Managing Partner of the firm's Baltimore office, and a member of the firm's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. He represents owners, developers, investors, and lenders in all types of commercial real estate transactions, including development, finance, acquisition, and leasing. Jon also has a leading land use and zoning practice and has provided counsel for some of Baltimore's most prominent development projects. Before becoming an attorney, he was employed by a major Baltimore-based developer, where he engaged in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions.

Jon served on the Transition Teams for Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott and Comptroller Bill Henry. He chairs the Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Commission, charged by the mayor with promoting bicycling and other forms of micromobility as a safe and convenient form of transportation and recreation, and coordinating City agency implementation of the City's Bicycle Master Plan. He previously served as a mayoral appointee on Baltimore's Tax Policy Task Force and on the group that developed a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the City.

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

As part of Ballard Spahr's pro bono program, Jon served as counsel to Star-Spangled 200, Inc., the nonprofit organization responsible for supporting Maryland's celebration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, and Light City, Baltimore's international festival of light and innovation. He has also led the firm's pro bono work on numerous community development and financing transactions throughout the City, including most recently the redevelopment of the historic Hebrew Orphans Asylum in West Baltimore into a community health center and the redevelopment of Justice Thurgood Marshall’s elementary school, PS 103, into a community legal services center.

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. Howard S. Chasanow, Maryland Court of Appeals, 1992-1993

Professional Activities

Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA), Chair of the Baltimore City Chapter 

American Bar Association

District of Columbia Bar Association

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Daily Record, Power 30 in Law

The Daily Record, Maryland Power 100 list

Chambers USA, real estate: zoning/land use law (Maryland), 2006-2021

The Best Lawyers in America, real estate law, land use and zoning law, 2007-2022; "Lawyer of the Year," Land Use and Zoning Law (Baltimore), 2012, 2020, Real Estate Law (Baltimore), 2022

The Legal 500 US, real estate and construction - real estate, 2017

Speaking Engagements

Participant in numerous panels and programs related to real estate law, land use and development, and the real estate industry in general

Special guest speaker, "Doubling Down on Downtown Baltimore," Downtown Download webcast series, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, October 26, 2021

Board Memberships & Community Service

Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC)

Central Maryland Transportation Alliance (CMTA)

Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc., Vice Chair

Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Commission, Chair 

Blue Ribbon Commission on Ethics & Accountability, Baltimore County

Community Memberships

Baltimore City Historical Society

Beth Am Synagogue 

Greater Baltimore Committee's Leadership program, past participant

Lake Roland Nature Council

Maryland Center for History and Culture

Credentials 

Education

University of Maryland School of Law (J.D. 1992, with honors)
Articles Editor, Maryland Law Review

Johns Hopkins University (B.A. 1985)

Admissions

District of Columbia

Maryland