Bart I. Mellits

Partner He / Him / His
Philadelphia

Bart I. Mellits is Chair of Ballard Spahr's Real Estate Department and oversees more than 120 attorneys in all of the firm's offices. Bart is also a member of the firm's Elected Board. With more than 30 years of experience, Bart represents developers, owners, and institutions in a wide range of real estate projects and transactions. His experience encompasses development, joint ventures, sales, acquisitions, leasing, and loan transactions, as well as real estate workouts. He also counsels a variety of Fortune 500 companies and nonprofit clients on real estate issues affecting their businesses.

Bart has led legal efforts on real estate-related projects for public and private universities, national lending institutions and national retailers, in addition to national, regional, and local developers. He has worked on a broad range of projects, including research parks, hospitals and medical office buildings, shopping centers and malls, corporate headquarters, industrial and warehouse facilities, multifamily residential properties, and hotels.

Experience 

Representative Matters

  • Led a team of attorneys in the sale of a national portfolio of warehouse and retail assets to a leading global REIT for more than $800 million by a New Jersey-based real estate company.
  • Represented a national developer in its collaboration with a major university for the redevelopment of a 14-acre downtown site. The mixed-use project will include research, lab, and educational facilities, as well as tech office space, high- and low- rise residential, retail, and recreational areas.
  • Represented a national developer in its collaboration with a major Florida university for development of a multi-building life science park, to include up to 1.8 million square feet of lab space, offices, retail shops, and restaurants, by preparation and negotiation of a development agreement, ground lease, and other key deal documents.

Professional Highlights

Professional Activities

New Jersey Bar Association

New York Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Philadelphia Bar Association, Business Law Section and Real Property Section

Recognition & Accomplishments

Chambers USA, real estate law (Pennsylvania), 2009-2021

The Best Lawyers in America, real estate law, 2009-2020

The Legal 500 US, real estate and construction - real estate, 2013-2014, 2016-2020; real estate, 2021; real estate finance, 2021

Credentials 

Education

George Washington University Law School (J.D. 1984)
Associate Editor, George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics

Georgetown University (B.A., cum laude, 1981)

Admissions

New Jersey

New York

Pennsylvania