Roger D. Winston, a Ballard Spahr partner and leader of the firm's Mixed-Use Development and Condominiums Practice, is the new president of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), a national association of approximately 1,000 distinguished real estate lawyers, effective January 1.

Mr. Winston is based in Ballard Spahr's Washington, D.C., office. As president, he provides overall leadership and direction for ACREL, in coordination with his fellow officers, the Board of Governors, and ACREL staff. He has previously served the organization as president-elect, vice president, treasurer, and secretary.

"We are in the midst of an extraordinarily interesting period for real estate markets and the practice of real estate law," Mr. Winston said. "I feel honored and privileged to lead ACREL during this time, as the organization and its Fellows build on the College's long and distinguished history of contributing our efforts and talents to excellence in practice through education, collaboration, and public service."

ACREL is widely regarded as the premier organization of U.S. real estate lawyers. Admission is by invitation only after a rigorous screening process. The organization's distinguished, nationally known lawyers have been elected to fellowship for their outstanding legal ability, experience, and high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice of real estate law. Prospective ACREL candidates are also required to demonstrate that they have significantly contributed to a more informed legal profession or the public with respect to matters of real estate law or to the improvement of real estate practice. ACREL presents professional education seminars and conferences, holds networking events, publishes articles and other educational and informational materials, performs public service projects, and presents awards for exceptional service by Fellows to the public, the profession, and the College.

Mr. Winston has more than 35 years of experience in real estate law and has played a key role in bringing numerous significant projects and transactions to fruition both in the Washington, D.C., region and nationally. He is widely regarded and sought out as one of the leading practitioners in mixed-use and condominium planning and development. His experience covers practically every property type and use, including retail, commercial, senior housing, residential, office, parking, hotel, and mixed-ownership projects and condominiums, as well as numerous other mixed-use variations.

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