Nine Ballard Spahr attorneys have been elected to the firm’s partnership, effective July 1, 2015, firm Chair Mark Stewart announced today. The new partners are drawn from seven of the firm’s 14 offices—Atlanta, Baltimore, Bethesda, Denver, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, and Washington, D.C. They represent the business and finance, intellectual property, litigation, public finance, and real estate practices.

“This is an impressive group of lawyers whose commitment to clients and the firm is obvious to everyone who works with them,” Mr. Stewart said. “They embody the values that make Ballard Spahr such a wonderful place to practice law and we are delighted to have them as partners.”

Six of the new partners are women and three of them work a reduced schedule, reflecting the firm’s commitment to creating an environment in which the path to partnership is not limited to those who work full time.

Ballard Spahr’s new partners are:

Jessica M. Anthony, Philadelphia
Ms. Anthony focuses on antitrust litigation, in particular defending pharmaceutical manufacturers against price discrimination and monopolization claims. Her litigation experience also includes contract and partnership disputes, fraud and negligence actions, and other commercial litigation matters. Ms. Anthony actively defends pro bono clients in various civil forfeiture matters and serves on Ballard Spahr’s Philadelphia Hiring Committee.

Stefanie H. Jackman, Atlanta
Ms. Jackman focuses on assisting financial services institutions facing government investigations and examinations, counseling them on fair lending risk, UDAAP, and compliance assessments, as well as defending them in individual and class action lawsuits brought by consumers and enforcement actions brought by government agencies. She has represented clients spanning the financial services industry, including banks and nonbank lenders, mortgage banking lenders and servicers, debt collectors and buyers, third-party service providers, credit and prepaid card companies, and auto lenders.

Debbie A. Klis, Bethesda/Washington, D.C.
Ms. Klis concentrates on transactional matters involving business, securities, and tax issues. She is known for her work with investment management companies, including the formation and operation of EB-5 immigration investment funds and EB-5 regional centers from coast to coast. Ms. Klis has significant experience with hedge funds, private equity funds, Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs), real estate funds, international master-feeder structures, financial products, derivatives, and global equity offerings. Ms. Klis is a frequent speaker on crowdfunding and the EB-5 program as alternative sources of financing.

Erica A. Leatham, Bethesda/Washington, D.C.
Ms. Leatham has experience in local zoning and land-use matters in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region. She represents clients before government bodies and agencies and various state and local administrative boards and committees, advising on site plans, special exceptions, subdivision approvals, historic preservation, local map amendments, zoning text amendments, master-plan issues, and building permit issues. She is a LEED Accredited Professional, as certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Anna A. Mahaney, Baltimore
Ms. Mahaney practices general real estate law with an emphasis on representing mortgage lenders in commercial real estate financing transactions, including construction, acquisition, refinancing, bridge loans, and permanent financing. She has a particular focus on multifamily, affordable housing, and seniors housing loans, including projects involving low-income housing tax credits, historic tax credits, and tax-exempt bond financing.

Richard W. Miller, Atlanta
Mr. Miller has experience in all aspects of patent litigation, including trial proceedings in U.S. District Court, the Court of Federal Claims, the International Trade Commission, and appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has litigated cases involving various technologies, ranging from semiconductors to medical devices to safety harnesses for race car drivers. Mr. Miller’s background and industry experience in computer engineering are particularly helpful in cases involving software, computers, and computer networking technology.

Preston F. Olsen, Salt Lake City
Mr. Olsen practices in the areas of public finance and affordable housing finance. He has worked as bond counsel, issuer’s counsel, underwriter’s counsel, disclosure counsel, trust counsel, and credit and liquidity provider’s counsel on a variety of municipal financing matters. He has counseled Low Income Housing Tax Credit investors and developers of residential housing. His affordable housing practices comprise single-family, mortgage revenue bond finance, multi-family, rental housing finance, and manufactured housing finance. He also represents a diverse array of clients in 501(c)(3), transportation, charter school, GARVEE, and unemployment benefit financings; as well as secondary-market securitization of municipal securities.

David M. Stauss, Denver
Mr. Stauss focuses on complex business and commercial litigation in state and federal courts. He advises clients on a variety of litigation matters, including product liability, premises liability, and commercial lending. He regularly represents clients in cases filed in various jurisdictions, including courts in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and South Dakota. Mr. Stauss has tried numerous cases and most recently was part of a trial team that secured a defense verdict in a class action product liability matter.

Melanie J. Vartabedian, Salt Lake City
Ms. Vartabedian focuses on complex commercial litigation matters, including securities litigation, commercial contract and real estate disputes, and intellectual property litigation. She represents receivers in Securities and Exchange Commission cases, and represents clients in arbitrations and during government investigations. She advises municipalities relating to special improvement and assessment areas, and advises real estate developers and private and public companies in business disputes relating to land use decisions. Ms. Vartabedian also defends mortgage lenders and servicers in financial services disputes, including foreclosure-related lawsuits.