Emilie R. Ninan

Washington, DC

Emilie R. Ninan is Co-Chair of the firm's Finance Department and a member of Ballard Spahr's Expanded Board.

Emilie assists clients with obtaining lower-cost capital financing through the issuance of tax-exempt bonds. Emilie serves as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, borrower's counsel, issuer's counsel, or trustee's counsel on a variety of municipal bond financings, including general obligation, revenue, conduit, utility system, health care, affordable housing, manufacturing, bioenergy, solid waste, and educational facility bond transactions.


Representative Matters

  • Served as underwriter’s counsel in connection with State of Delaware General Obligation Refunding Bonds and Delaware Transportation Authority’s Transportation System Senior Revenue Bonds
  • Served as bond counsel to the District of Columbia in connection with conduit financings for nonprofit organizations
  • Served as bond counsel with respect to the issuance of Delaware Health Facilities Authority Revenue Bonds, for the benefit of Christiana Care Health System

Professional Highlights

Professional Activities

American College of Bond Counsel, Fellow

National Association of Bond Lawyers

Association of Public Finance Professionals (DC-MD-VA)

Delaware State Bar Association (DSBA): Executive Committee (2012-2013); Chair, Commercial Law Section (2008-2010), UCC Subcommittee and Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section

Recognition & Accomplishments

Recognized as a Private Sector Trailblazer by The Bond Buyer and Northeast Women in Public Finance

Member of trade mission delegation to India led by former Delaware Gov. Jack Markell

SABA-DC Private Sector Trailblazer Award (2020) 

Speaking Engagements

Emilie is a frequent speaker and presenter on panels focused on the municipal bond market, professional development, and diversity and inclusion issues in the legal field. Her speaking engagements include:

Moderator, "Impact of the New Administration on Commercial Real Estate," Ballard Spahr Webinar, February 18, 2021

Panelist, "How to Nurture Your Career During COVID-19," South Asian Women Attorneys Network, February 17, 2021

Panelist, "Women of Color in the Law," The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, Inc. and South Asian Bar association of Philadelphia, February 11, 2021

Board Memberships & Community Service

Delaware Board of Bar Examiners

Delaware Leadership Foundation 

Delaware Commission on Indian Heritage and Culture




Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 1995); Member, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics

Georgetown University School of Business (M.B.A. 1995)

Temple University (B.B.A. 1991, summa cum laude)



District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware