Discount clothing retailer Syms Corp. and its Filene's Basement subsidiary sought Chapter 11 protection in Delaware and announced that all of their stores would close at the end of the holiday season. Because the stores occupy so much real estate, several major REITs have retained outside counsel for the Chapter 11 case. Ballard Spahr real estate partner David L. Pollack, restructuring partner Tobey M. Daluz, and of counsel Jeffrey Meyers are advising Rockville, Maryland-based REIT Federal Realty Investment Trust in the case.