Jon Laria and Sophie Dagenais, partners in the law firm of Ballard Spahr, LLP, have been named 2009 Smart Lawyers by SmartCEO magazine. Attorneys are selected for this honor based on their leadership, exemplary professional success and engagement, and community involvement.

Mr. Laria is a partner in Ballard Spahr's Real Estate and Public Finance Departments. He is a member of the firm's Construction, Eminent Domain, Housing, Transactional Finance, Zoning and Land Use, P3/Infrastructure, and Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs Groups, as well as the Real Estate Development, Finance, and Leasing Groups. Mr. Laria represents owners, developers, and lenders in all types of commercial real estate transactions, including finance, acquisition, development, and leasing. He also has an active land use and zoning practice.

Ms. Dagenais is a partner in Ballard Spahr's Real Estate and Public Finance Departments, and a member of the Energy and Project Finance Group. Her practice focuses on real estate, business, and transactional matters, with an emphasis on real estate finance and development, and energy. Ms. Dagenais represents financial institutions, institutional lenders and advisers, investors, borrowers, developers, investment banks, pension funds, and municipalities in a variety of complex real estate transactions, acquisitions and dispositions, and workouts. She frequently represents clients in the development and financing of environmentally progressive ventures, including solar, wind, and biomass projects.

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