Ballard Spahr partner Desmond D. Connall, Jr., will lead a team of Ballard Spahr attorneys, staff members, and friends on the Bike MS: Chesapeake Challenge 2013 fundraiser. Proceeds go to the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, an organization dedicated to funding research and offering services and programs for people with MS and their families.

On June 1 and 2, the 14-member team will participate in a 150-mile bike ride across Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Six Ballard Spahr attorneys, including Jon M. Laria, Managing Partner of the firm’s Baltimore office, and Roger D. Winston, Managing Partner of the Bethesda office, have signed up for the event. A client of the firm, Terry McLaughlin of ELV Associates, will also join the team.

“Des’s zeal for the ride is contagious,” said Mr. Laria. “He had so many of his peers signing up for this fundraiser, you wouldn’t guess it was a 150-mile bike ride.”

Mr. Connall, a commercial real estate lawyer, became involved in the National MS Society more than a decade ago after his sister was diagnosed with the disease. He has served as team captain for numerous charity bike rides that have raised more than $100,000 for the Society. This year’s event has raised more than $16,000, with contributions still coming in. Mr. Connall and his daughter, Kristin, will be riding for the 13th consecutive year.

“The ride brings people together,” said Mr. Connall. “This year, it has brought together my family, my Ballard Spahr colleagues, and even a client. I’m humbled that so many people are willing to give up a weekend for a cause that is near and dear to my family and me.”

At Ballard Spahr, Mr. Connall focuses on real estate development and leasing with a particular emphasis on office and retail leasing matters and transactions involving mixed-use projects. He has worked on many of the most significant mixed-use developments in the Washington, D.C., region.

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