Lila Shapiro-Cyr

Of Counsel
Tel 410.528.5624
Fax 410.528.5650

Lila Shapiro-Cyr has more than 16 years' experience as a real estate lawyer. She represents clients in real estate acquisitions, dispositions, development, leasing, and financing. Her clients include owners and developers of commercial real estate properties, as well as retail and office tenants. Her practice focuses on shopping center and urban development, and she also has significant experience in complex mixed-finance affordable housing, representing a variety of public-housing authorities in ongoing redevelopment efforts.

Lila has worked on virtually all types of real estate-related agreements and contracts, including acquisition and sales contracts, development agreements, reciprocal easement agreements, financing documents, letters of intent, HUD and other government-required documents, and a variety of other related documents. She has significant leasing experience, representing both landlords and tenants in retail and office leasing, big and small. She is a prior Chair of the Real Property Section of the Maryland State Bar Association, and is actively involved in the Law Conference Planning Committee for the International Council of Shopping Centers. She was co-Chair of the firm's Public Housing Summit from 2009 to 2014 and was previously responsible for training of real estate associates firm-wide.

Representative Matters

  • Represented national grocer in leasing stores in the Mid-Atlantic region
  • Represents national drug store in leasing stores throughout the Country
  • Represented national department store in acquiring locations and development of stores throughout the Country
    Represents developer in leasing a downtown Philadelphia shopping center under redevelopment
  • Represents a major hospital system in significant real estate projects, including hospital acquisitions and leasing
  • Represents a retail developer in acquisition, leasing, and financing of sites throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia
  • Represents companies in leasing of new office headquarters and build-to-suit offices
  • Acts as outside general counsel to nonprofit children’s museum in a variety of matters, including real estate transactions and construction projects
  • Represented developer in acquisition and consolidation of parcels for grocery store-anchored development in Baltimore City
  • Represented urban developer in acquisition of prominent sites in Baltimore and associated development of mixed-use projects, including office, retail, residential, and parking components
  • Represented educational software and retail brokerage companies in leasing of new office spaces
  • Represents numerous public housing authorities in ongoing redevelopment efforts with multi-layered financings, including low-income housing tax credits, private bank funds, public housing capital funds, and a variety of other sources
  • Represented nonprofit school for underprivileged middle school girls in acquisition of a school property in Baltimore County
  • Represents nonprofit organization in connection with its community development efforts through receipt and implementation of federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) grant.

Pro Bono Experience

Lila represented the Sisters Academy of Baltimore in the acquisition of its existing school building. The Sisters Academy is a Catholic, community-centered middle school that educates girls of different races, ethnic groups, and religions from families of limited economic means, particularly those in southwest Baltimore.

Along with other members of the Ballard Spahr Housing Group, Lila represented the Housing Authority of New Orleans in connection with post-hurricane-related needs and redevelopment activities after Hurricane Katrina.

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. Kathleen O'Ferrall Friedman, Circuit Court of Baltimore City

Professional Activities

Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA), member and former Chair, Real Property, Planning, and Zoning Section (2011-2012); former Chair, Legislative Liaison Committee (2007-2009); member, Code Revision Committee; member, Legislative Review Committee; member, Advanced Real Property Institute, Planning Committee.

International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), member, U.S. Law Conference Program Committee

The Associated, committee member, Real Estate Industry Group (2012-2015)

Recognition & Accomplishments

Chambers USA, real estate law, (Maryland), 2013-2020

The Daily Record, Top 100 Women in Maryland ("high-achieving Maryland women who are making an impact through their leadership, community service, and mentoring"), 2012

The Daily Record, Leading Women (based on professionalism and community involvement), 2010

Speaking Engagements

Speaker and moderator on panels for various national and local organizations, including the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies, Housing Development Law Institute, ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, ICSC Law Conference, and the MSBA

Panelist, "What Are We Fighting About This Year? Recent Case Law," ICSC U.S. Law Conference, San Diego, CA, October 23, 2019

"What’s New Under the Sun? Recent Case Law Affecting Shopping Centers," ICSC U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, Hollywood, Florida, October 26, 2016

Moderator, "What's Trending? #PurchaseandSaleAgreements," International Council of Shopping Centers, 44th Annual ICSC Law Conference, Orlando, October 24, 2014

Panelist, "Evolving Trends in Maryland Affordable Housing," Ballard Spahr Housing briefing, Baltimore, April 30, 2014

"Rental Assistance Demonstration Program," Arizona Housing Alliance Academy – Developers Topics – Hot Topics in Affordable Rental Housing Finance, Phoenix, January 23, 2014

"20/20 Hindsight: Lessons Learned – Things Leases Should Have Covered and Didn't," 2012 ICSC U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, October 25, 2012

Moderator, "Financing Options: Going Beyond the Basics," NAHRO 2012 Summer Conference, San Francisco, July 29, 2012

"Attracting Tax Credit Investors: Do's and Don'ts," Ballard Spahr Housing Authority Summit, November 2009

Roundtable leader, "Revisiting Your Lease Form in Light of Recent Experiences," ICSC Law Conference, October 2009

"Beyond Housing: Opportunities in Mixed-Use Development," 2009 National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials Summer Conference, July 2009

Breakfast Roundtable leader, "Radius Restrictions," ICSC Law Conference, October 2008

Co-Chair and instructor, "Basics of Real Estate Transactions," Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Inc. (partner of MSBA), Spring 2007

Moderator, "Improving Housing Diversity," Fall Educational Conference, National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies, November 2006

Moderator, "New Developments in Asset Based Management," 2006 Fall Conference, Housing Development Law Institute, October 2006

"The Future of Public and Affordable Housing After Katrina," Annual Conference, ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, May 2006

Breakfast Roundtable leader, "An Anchor Tenant's Perspective on the Redeveloping Shopping Center: Reviewing Title and Other Due Diligence Matters," ICSC Law Conference, October 2005

Board Memberships

Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. (CHAI)
Board of Directors 

Park School
Board of Directors

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Board of Trustees

University of Maryland School of Law (J.D. 1999, with honors)
Member, Order of the Coif

Haverford College (B.A. 1995)