A pioneering culture, talent, depth, and a deep client base enabled a group of four real estate attorneys nearly three decades ago to cultivate a 111-person national department that is now responsible for 21 percent of Ballard Spahr’s revenue.

The real estate practice began in 1985 as part of Ballard Spahr’s business enhancement department. Three years later, it had grown to the point that it could stand on its own, and all four of the founding attorneys are still with the firm today.

“When we joined Ballard Spahr, it was the first time a group of lawyers went from one big firm to another,” said partner Michael Sklaroff, who helped established the Real Estate Department and was its longtime Chair. “We were pioneers in a way.”

The firm has one of the top real estate practices both locally and nationally, handling tens of billions of dollars in transactions in virtually every state in the country. The firm has made a significant mark in Philadelphia, playing a role in the development of landmark projects such as the Kimmel Center, Comcast Center, Citizens Bank Park, and the Franklin Institute.

“You can point to the Philadelphia skyline and see the projects we’ve worked on,” said Bart I. Mellits, the current Department Chair. “It’s great, because we are part of the fabric of the city and helped the folks who spent the money to build these structures to achieve their goals.”

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