David L. Winstead, former Commissioner of the federal Public Buildings Service (PBS), has joined the Real Estate Department of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP. He is resident in Ballard's Washington, D.C., office and also will work with the firm's two offices in Maryland and other nine U.S. offices.

While Commissioner of PBS, which is within the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Mr. Winstead oversaw management of more than 1,500 federal buildings nationwide and more than 175 million square feet of leased space. In October 2005, he left private practice to assume the Commissioner's post. Mr. Winstead is also a former Secretary of Transportation for the State of Maryland.

"David will tremendously enhance the service we provide to a wide variety of our clients, both public and private, who develop projects that involve the federal government," said Allan R. Winn, managing partner of Ballard's Washington, D.C., office and leader of the office's real estate practice. "His intimate knowledge of agency workings is invaluable to our public-private partnership practice at both the federal and state government levels, particularly in light of the new infusion of economic stimulus funds," Mr. Winn said.

Mr. Winstead's experience leading the Maryland Department of Transportation significantly strengthens Ballard’s infrastructure practice as well, according to Roger D. Winston, managing partner of the firm's Bethesda office. "David served as President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and has experience working with numerous state departments of transportation," Mr. Winston said. "He joins us at a time when federal efforts to jump-start the economy rely heavily on the financing of infrastructure projects, which is fortunate for us."

Mr. Winstead expects to work with various Ballard practices given his real estate, public sector experience, and infrastructure background.  His practice will support firm clients as they strive to maximize the impact of the economic stimulus programs. "Ballard's real estate and public finance practices are nationally prominent in addition to the firm's major presence in the Washington-Baltimore region," he said. "The firm also has particular strength in public-private-type transactions, where there will be increasing opportunities in the coming years."

Mr. Winstead earned a J.D. from The Catholic University Columbus School of Law, an M.B.A. from Columbia University, an M.S. in real estate from Johns Hopkins University, and a B.A. from Denison University.

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