Mark Norell and David Fernandez recently joined Ballard Spahr's Public Finance department as the firm's first bond attorneys in New York City. Emilie Ninan, chair of the firm's public finance department said, "It's very important, especially given the volume of issuances in New York, to have physical public finance presence there. I'm very excited about the addition of public finance lawyers to our New York office."

Mr. Fernandez joined Ballard Spahr with more than 20 years of experience working in public finance, involving a variety of bond transactions. He said, "Ballard is demonstrating that it has a strong desire to be in the New York market and intends to be an active public finance firm in this part of the Northeast."

Mr. Norell came to Ballard Spahr with over 20 years of experience working on tax-exempt bond transactions. Of the firm, he said, "Ballard has always had a great national reputation and I'm very happy to be a part of a firm like this."

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