Six Ballard Spahr attorneys have been elected to the firm’s partnership, effective today, firm Chair Mark Stewart announced. The new partners include a business and finance attorney, a public finance attorney, a real estate attorney, and three litigators. They are based in the firm’s offices in Denver, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Wilmington, Delaware.

"Our new partners represent the best attributes of Ballard in their dedication to our clients and to the continued success and vitality of the firm," Mr. Stewart said. "They have worked hard to reach this professional milestone and we're very happy to welcome them to the partnership."  

Ballard Spahr’s new partners are:

Mark J. Furletti, Philadelphia

Mr. Furletti focuses on federal and state consumer lending and payments laws, particularly those that apply to payment cards, vehicle-secured loans, unsecured loans, and deposit products. He counsels providers of consumer financial services, including banks, on regulatory compliance matters and has successfully represented such providers in class action litigation.

Craig C. Hoffman, Phoenix

Mr. Hoffman focuses on civil litigation, with an emphasis on matters involving contract breaches, business torts, distressed real estate and mortgages, deficiency actions, securities litigation, and government investigations. He has handled litigation involving hundreds of millions of dollars as well as class action litigation.

Anastasia G. Khokhryakova, Denver

Ms. Khokhryakova focuses on project and public finance and handles a broad range of financing transactions in the areas of transportation, public-private partnerships, health care, development and redevelopment, and other public projects. She has served as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, and issuer’s counsel to the State of Colorado, state authorities, counties and municipalities, and special districts and other public entities, as well as underwriter’s counsel and lender’s counsel to investment banks and commercial banks.

Joseph E. Lubinski, Denver

Mr. Lubinski counsels clients on complex real estate financing matters and on a vast variety of real estate acquisitions, dispositions, and developments. He represents national and regional banks, life insurance companies, and private equity firms in acquisition, construction and mezzanine loans, and special servicers in loan workouts and foreclosures. Mr. Lubinski also represents borrowers, REITs, developers, and community development entities in the acquisition, sale, and development of mixed-use projects, multifamily complexes, and resort and hotel condominiums.

Daniel JT McKenna, Philadelphia

Mr. McKenna advises financial services institutions on lending, collection, arbitration, and litigation compliance issues and defends them in individual and class actions brought by consumers, businesses, and government agencies. Mr. McKenna’s consumer and commercial finance/banking litigation and arbitration experience includes representing lenders, servicers, and vendors in actions brought across the country under various federal and state statutes and regulations.

Mr. McKenna also leads the nationwide implementation of the Wills for Heroes program, which provides free estate planning services to veterans, police, firefighters, and first responders.

Matthew G. Summers, Wilmington

Mr. Summers represents secured creditors, landlords, debtors, equipment lessors, indenture trustees, manufacturers, mezzanine lenders, officers and directors, creditor committees, trustees, and other parties-in-interest in all aspects of bankruptcy cases and bankruptcy-related litigation, in Delaware and nationally. In addition to his bankruptcy practice, he represents lenders, special servicers, and receivers in commercial foreclosure and receivership proceedings in Delaware and Maryland.