Anna A. Mahaney, a partner in Ballard Spahr's Baltimore office who focuses on representing mortgage lenders in commercial real estate financing transactions, has been elected by the members of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA) as a Fellow of the organization of leading mortgage lawyers nationwide.

ACMA works to improve and reform laws and procedures affecting real estate-secured transactions and to raise the level of professionalism of lawyers practicing in this area of law. ACMA Fellows have distinguished themselves as practitioners in the field of real estate mortgage law through their skills, practice experience, and contributions to the profession. To be considered for fellowship, an attorney must be nominated by an ACMA Fellow and meet rigorous criteria related to their practice and professional endeavors such as speaking engagements and bar association activities.

Ms. Mahaney represents mortgage lenders in large, complex commercial real estate financing transactions, including construction, acquisition, refinancing, bridge loans, and permanent financing, with an emphasis on multifamily, affordable housing, and senior housing loans. She also represents real estate owners and developers in real estate finance transactions. She serves as Chair of the Mortgage Lending Committee of the American Bar Association's Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section, and is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association. Ms. Mahaney has contributed extensive pro bono services to help those in need, including representing a nonprofit developer in the rehabilitation and financing of affordable rental housing in Baltimore and a nonprofit corporation in its acquisition of property for a homeless shelter for women and children.

"Anna is truly deserving of this recognition and a great addition to the organization," said Dominic J. De Simone, an ACMA Fellow who serves as Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's Real Estate Finance and Capital Markets Group. "She is an outstanding attorney who has distinguished herself through exceptional work on behalf of clients as well as through her involvement in numerous organizations and activities that bring credit to the legal profession."

ACMA provides educational programming that keeps Fellows apprised of the latest developments in mortgage law. The organization also maintains a referral program and provides Fellows with resources on topics affecting practice, including alerts on statutory, regulatory, and case law developments.