Jon Laria, a partner at Ballard Spahr and Chair of the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, will become Managing Partner of the firm’s Baltimore office on July 1, Mark Stewart, Chair-elect of the firm, announced today.

Mr. Laria succeeds Raymond G. Truitt, who will become Managing Partner for Finance and Operations for the 475-attorney law firm. Mr. Truitt will remain a member of Ballard Spahr’s elected Board and will continue to be resident in the firm’s Baltimore office.

Mr. Laria represents real estate owners, developers, and lenders in complex development, financing, acquisition, and leasing transactions. He also has provided counsel to prominent projects throughout the area in land use, zoning, and government affairs. The Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, which he chairs, is responsible for developing policy on a broad array of land use and development issues facing the State.

Mr. Laria was Co-chair of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s Housing and Community Development transition team and a member of the Governor’s Transition Steering Committee. Mr. Laria also serves on the Urban Land Institute’s Baltimore District Council, and as Vice Chair of the Healthy Neighborhoods board. He previously served as President of Live Baltimore and of the Baltimore Jewish Council.

“It is a privilege to lead Ballard’s Baltimore office at such an exciting time for the firm,” said Mr. Laria. “We have never been healthier and look forward to a period of growth and expansion in Maryland in both our Baltimore and Bethesda offices. All of us owe a debt of gratitude to Ray Truitt for his superb leadership of the Baltimore office for more than a decade, and we are pleased and proud that he has undertaken this new firmwide responsibility.”

Mr. Truitt, a real estate partner and Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, is a frequent speaker and author on commercial real estate topics for ACREL, the International Council for Shopping Centers, and other legal and commercial real estate organizations. His practice includes the representation of clients in commercial real estate financing, leasing, development, and restructuring. As Managing Partner for Finance and Operations, Mr. Truitt will serve on the firm’s management committee and will be responsible for oversight of financial affairs, including accounting, budgeting and leasing, and business operations in 13 offices nationwide.

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