Despite the continuing lag in the national real estate market, Ballard Spahr’s Baltimore office has closed three notable deals worth a total of nearly $6 billion. In March 2010, Paul Casey represented the New York City Housing Authority in a $400 million low-income housing deal that was the largest public-private partnership of its kind. Four months later, Fred Wolf III led a team that helped close a deal to build a $4.7 billion national security campus for the National Nuclear Security Administration. And this month, Marci Gordon led a team of lawyers in a $460 million deal to sell a portfolio of apartment complexes in suburban Washington, D.C.

“What could have been a bad year or two for that office turned out to be a total gem,” firm Chair Arthur Makadon said. Mr. Makadon pointed out that the real estate practice’s revenues have increased despite having fewer lawyers.