Four Ballard Spahr attorneys will become partners on July 1, firm Chair Arthur Makadon announced today. The new partners are resident in Ballard Spahr's Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., offices. They include two real estate attorneys, a litigator, and an intellectual property attorney.

"Our new partners embody the values that make Ballard Spahr a wonderful place to practice law," Mr. Makadon said. "They are excellent lawyers, focused on doing their best for clients and the firm."

Ballard Spahr's new partners are:

John A. Chionchio, Philadelphia

Mr. Chionchio is an intellectual property attorney and a professional engineer who focuses his practice on matters related to the mechanical, aeronautical, and aerospace arts. He has experience managing an extensive intellectual property docket that includes U.S., international, and foreign national patent applications.

Amy M. McClain, Baltimore

Ms. McClain is a real estate attorney who primarily represents public housing authorities and affordable-housing developers in mixed-finance transactions involving a variety of funding sources. They include low-income housing tax credits, public housing capital funds, tax-exempt bonds, state housing finance agency loan funds, and conventional financing.

Robert A. Scott, Baltimore

Mr. Scott practices general commercial litigation with an emphasis on real estate, title insurance, and consumer finance litigation. He represents major title insurance carriers and their insured lenders and property owners in title disputes. Mr. Scott has significant experience handling claims related to subprime mortgage loans and disputed foreclosures.

Mitzie V. Smith-Mack, Washington, D.C.

Ms. Smith-Mack is a real estate attorney who represents housing authority clients in HOPE VI and mixed-finance development transactions and provides legal assistance on regulatory and administrative matters. She also assists local governments, private companies, and nonprofit organizations on affordable housing and community development issues.