Brian D. Huben

Tel 424.204.4353
Fax 424.204.4350
Los Angeles

Brian D. Huben is the Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office, and is a member of the firm's Expanded Board. His practice focuses on the representation of commercial landlords and shopping center owners, managers, and developers, representing them in commercial litigation in state and federal courts. Brian handles retail bankruptcies, representing landlords and other creditors throughout the United States, and often providing counsel to dozens of shopping center owners in each matter. He also advises commercial landlords in everyday operational matters including evictions, breach of lease issues, public access, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Representative Matters

  • Representation of shopping center landlords in Chapter 11 reorganizations such as Garden Botanika, Frederick's of Hollywood, Natural Wonders, Store of Knowledge, Track 'n Trail, Crown Books, Wherehouse Entertainment, The Bombay Company, Sharper Image, Shoe Pavilion, The Walking Company, Round Table Pizza, and Mervyn's.

Pro Bono Experience

In the Summer of 2019, Brian and two other Ballard Spahr team members spent a week in southwest rural Georgia. The team assisted the local office of the Southern Poverty Law Center with its Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative, providing pro bono representation to detained immigrants.

Professional Activities

California Business Properties Association

International Council of Shopping Centers

Law Conference Planning Committee, 2011-present

Law Committee, 2005-2011

Member, Bankruptcy Task Force, 2008-2019; Chair 2020-present

Chair, Southern California Government Relations, 2017-present

Member, New Retail Lease Model Task Force, 2020

Contributing editor, Shopping Center Legal Update, 2005-2014

Los Angeles County Bar Association

State Bar of California

Recognitions and Accomplishments

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Samuel L. Williams Outstanding Trustee Award, 2011

The Legal 500 US, finance - restructuring (including bankruptcy) - municipal, 2017

Named to Southern California Super Lawyers, 2013-2019

Recent Publications

"New Stimulus Deal: Amendments to the Bankruptcy Code," Ballard Spahr alert, December 28, 2020

Co-author, "Two New Laws Benefiting Commercial Landlords in California Take Effect Jan. 1," Ballard Spahr alert, November 19, 2018

Co-author, "Ninth Circuit Allows Leases To be Stripped in Section 363 Sale," Ballard Spahr alert, July 18, 2017

"Bankruptcy Court Finds Tenant Cannot Assume Commercial Lease After Waiving Rights to Seek Relief From Forfeiture Under California Law," Client Alert, September 24, 2014

"Knowing When (or Whether) to Say When-A Survey of Public Access and Free Speech Rights at U.S. Shopping Centers," Co-author, Shopping Center Legal Update, Summer 2014

Recent Speaking Engagements

ICSC 2020 U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, "A Not So Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – Recent Case Law Affecting Shopping Centers," – General Session, Orlando (virtual), October 14, 2020

ICSC 2018 U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, "Remedies, Recoverable Damages and Creative Solutions: What You Want vs. What You Need vs. What You Can Get," – Peer to Peer, Orlando, October 26, 2018

ICSC 2016 U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, "The Changing Landscape of Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance and Litigation, from Architectural Barriers to Cyber Accessibility, What Every Retail Lawyer Needs to Know," – Seminar, Hollywood, FL, October 27, 2016

ICSC 2015 U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, "I Fought the Law and the Law Won: Recent Developments in the Law Impacting Shopping Centers," – General Session, Phoenix, October 28, 2015

2014 California Retail Leasing Symposium, Panelist, "Let's Call It Quits! (Or Something Like That)...," Default/Bankruptcy Issues- General Session, San Francisco, February 21, 2014

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (J.D. 1987)

Loyola Marymount University (B.A. 1984, cum laude)


U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court