Jon M. Laria


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 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 was the founding Chair of the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, the successor organization to the State's Task Force on the Future for Growth and Development, which Jon also chaired. Created and enacted by the Maryland General Assembly, the Commission was charged with assessing and advising on the progress of state, regional, and local planning in achieving Maryland's economic growth, resource protection, and planning policy.

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

As part of Ballard Spahr's pro bono program, Jon has 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 commitment to numerous community development and financing transactions throughout the City.

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

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

Board Memberships & Community Service

Baltimore Jewish Council, past President

Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC)

Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc., Vice Chair

Community Memberships

Baltimore City Historical Society

Beth Am Synagogue

Friends of Olmstead Parks

Greater Baltimore Committee's Leadership program, past participant

Maryland Historical Society



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

Johns Hopkins University (B.A. 1985)


District of Columbia