Amy M. McClain, a partner in the Baltimore Office of the law firm of Ballard Spahr, has been honored by the Maryland Daily Record for her outstanding accomplishments.

Ms. McClain is one of 46 women under the age of 40 who were recognized for their exceptional “professional experience, community involvement, and commitment to inspiring change.”

Ms. McClain primarily represents public housing authorities and affordable housing developers in the context of mixed-finance transactions. She has closed numerous affordable housing transactions involving a variety of funding sources, including, for example, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, HOPE VI, tax-exempt bonds, state housing finance agency loan funds, and conventional financing. Ms. McClain participates in the firm's pro bono work, consulting with various community organizations related to HOME Program requirements and the City of Baltimore’s application process for Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) recognition.

Amy exemplifies the qualities valued both by Daily Record’s Leading Women and Ballard Spahr,” said Jon Laria, Managing Partner of Ballard Spahr’s Baltimore office. “She is highly respected in the firm and by our clients for her work and she is admired by the community for her commitment to service in the city and the state.” Laria also said he has just appointed McClain to coordinate the pro bono work for the firm's Baltimore office, in recognition of her personal commitment to pro bono service.

Ms. McClain is a member of American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, serving on the Forum's Governing Committee and chairing its annual 2012 conference. She is the co-author of “Mixed-Finance Development of Public Housing” in the ABA's Legal Guide to Affordable Housing Development, Second Edition. Ms. McClain is a frequent speaker on the subject of affordable housing and green development issues. She has spoken at the American Bar Association's Annual Affordable Housing and Community Development Law Conference, the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials Conference, and HUD-sponsored conferences, among others.