Michael Pollack, an accomplished attorney with more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate transactions, related corporate work, and real estate-related litigation management, has joined Ballard Spahr as of counsel in New York, Bart I. Mellits, Chair of the firm's Real Estate Department, announced today. Mr. Pollack's arrival is part of the firm's strategic plan to expand its nationally recognized real estate practice into its Manhattan office.

Mr. Pollack has significant experience handling the purchase, sale, and financing of major commercial properties, as well as lease transactions, construction contracts, real estate development projects, and real estate litigation management. His clients range from institutional real estate investors and pension funds to Fortune 100 companies and multigenerational real estate families.

“The firm has a considerable number of real estate clients in New York, and it has been a goal to expand our real estate capability there since we opened the office last summer,” Mr. Mellits said. “Our clients will appreciate Michael's depth of experience in transactional, litigation, and corporate real estate matters and we are thrilled to welcome him as our first real estate attorney in New York.”

Mr. Pollack comes to Ballard Spahr from The Ashforth Company in Stamford, Connecticut, where he was Senior Vice President and General Counsel. As General Counsel, he was responsible for all transactional matters affecting the company's portfolio, including its investments in various real estate assets and funds; its financings, joint ventures, dispositions, and sponsored funds; and its portfolio-wide leasing program (including major leases with publicly traded companies, hedge funds, media companies, and prominent professional service firms). Mr. Pollack also served as the company's Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer and supervised its insured and uninsured litigation. Prior to serving in house, Mr. Pollack was a partner in the New York office of Reed Smith.

At Ballard Spahr, Mr. Pollack will be a member of the Real Estate Development and Complex Transactions Group and Real Estate Finance and Capital Markets Group. The attorneys in the firm's Real Estate Department work with leading clients across the nation to finance, develop, and preserve real estate assets. The Department is continually named a top national practice, including being ranked in the highest tier nationally for real estate law by U.S. News & World Report this year.

“Ballard Spahr has a vibrant and exceptionally diversified real estate practice with a strong reputation and a national footprint,” said Mr. Pollack. “I am excited to be returning to private practice and to be part of the team as we advance our real estate practice in New York.”

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