Ballard Spahr’s Real Estate Department, which already had been involved with many of the major deals and tallest buildings in Philadelphia, has been a major player in several noteworthy deals over the past two years.

The list is long; the buildings tall—including the new contender for the tallest building in the City—the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center. That building faced immense legal issues due to its sheer size and mixed-use nature.

“No one lawyer or two lawyers could do this alone,” said Alan Ritterband, who was tasked with coordinating the deal’s many components and the attorneys focused on them. “There’s so many hundreds and hundreds of pages of documents.”

The complex deal required a team of diverse lawyers from Ballard Spahr.

“We really relish the challenge presented by complex deals,” said Bart I. Mellits, Chair of the Real Estate Department. “That’s what really gets us excited. When a client comes to us with a challenge like this, we get our hands dirty, get into the client’s business to really understand what are their business goals and what are they trying to achieve.”

Other big projects in which Ballard Spahr has been involved over in this timeframe include Drexel University’s new partnership with Wexford Science and Technology on a joint venture for a new facility that combines lab and science space, retail and a new public school at the former University City High School.

On the pro bono front, the firm served as counsel to the Mount Moriah Cemetery Preservation Corp. which was named receiver for the 200-acre historic cemetery—where more than 80,000 people including 21 Medal of Honor recipients are buried—that had been neglected for many years.

“Working on things like the Comcast Center and this is a source of pride because it’s our home,” said Matthew McClure. “Sometimes a pro bono matter is a good decision, and sometimes it’s about doing a massive project that’s essential for the city’s health.”

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