Katherine Noonan

Katherine M. Noonan

Partner She / Her / Hers
Washington, DC

Katherine M. Noonan is the Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's Real Estate Development and Transactions Group. Katie has significant experience representing landlords and tenants in office, retail, biotech, and industrial leasing matters. Katie represents developers in mixed-use projects, including analyzing project structure and the drafting, negotiation, and recordation of condominium documents. Katie works with developer and association clients with regard to ongoing compliance with governing documents and project operations. She has assisted numerous clients on local law compliance in the disposition of multifamily residential projects, including rent control compliance. She focuses specifically on rights of first refusal in Montgomery County and Prince George's County, Md., as well as the District of Columbia's Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA). Katie has represented lenders and borrowers with a variety of energy projects, including solar, hydroelectric, and gas-fired electric generation facilities, addressing the specific real estate issues related to acquisition and financing.

Katie serves on the Board of Trustees for the Perry Street Preparatory Public Charter School in the District of Columbia.


Representative Matters

  • Served as real estate counsel to national corporation, including negotiation of dozens of offices throughout the county; acquisition and construction of headquarters office space; headquarters relocation, and office building acquisition
  • Represented developer of new mixed-use project in Washington, D.C., by creating retail lease form and negotiating retail leases for tenants of all sizes
  • Represented a national self-storage company in the negotiations of a senior debt facility for the acquisitions of a multi-property, multi-state portfolio of self-storage properties

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

  • Represent District of Columbia social services agency in connection with leasing matters.
  • Represented District of Columbia charter school with regard to leasing issues and certain financing matters.

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

Maryland Bar Association

Recognition & Accomplishments

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals and Superior Court of the District of Columbia named Katie to the Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll in 2014, for providing 100 hours of pro bono service in the prior calendar year.

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, "Tackling Large Scale, Long Term, Mixed Use Real Estate Development Projects," Maryland State Bar Association Advanced Real Property Institute, 2018

Speaker, "Green Lease Update," BOMA's National Advisory Council Meeting, Chicago, May 4, 2018


Author, "What Does COVID-19 Mean For My Lease?BOMA Magazine, May/June, 2020

Author, "How Leases Govern Common Area Modifications," BOMA Magazine, January/February, 2020 

Author, "Green Leasing Updates," Legal-Ease column BOMA Magazine, March/April 2018 



University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D. 2007, magna cum laude)

Loyola University Chicago (B.A 2000, magna cum laude)
Recipient, President's Medallion for the College of Arts and Sciences; Member, Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society


District of Columbia