Kelly Wrenn

Kelly M. Wrenn

Washington, DC

Kelly M. Wrenn leads Ballard Spahr's Banking and Financial Services Industry Team. He is a lawyer who focuses on a wide range of transactional matters, with an emphasis on business finance transactions, real estate law, and commercial loan servicing.

Kelly is based in Washington, D.C., and his clients include portfolio, agency, and conduit lenders, commercial loan servicers, and other financial institutions. Significant rating agency contacts have been developed in connection with his structured-finance practice, and he has been involved in the closing of real estate and business finance transactions throughout the United States. He has been involved in a number of high-profile business finance transactions in recent years.


Representative Matters

  • $200 million mezzanine financing for Rockefeller Center, New York
  • $100 million mezzanine financing for an office tower at 277 Park Avenue, New York
  • $25 million conduit (CMBS) loan secured by an office building in downtown Philadelphia; representation included resolving significant borrower structure issues, ensuring compliance with current rating agency requirements, and negotiating the complicated lockbox account agreement provisions

Professional Highlights

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

District of Columbia Bar Association

State Bar Association of Texas

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law (Washington, DC), 2015-2024

The Legal 500 US, Real Estate and Construction – Real Estate, 2011-2012, 2017; Real Estate - Real Estate, 2012, 2017, 2020, 2021; Real Estate - Real Estate Finance, 2021, 2022

Speaking Engagements

Moderator, "The View from Capitol Hill," CRE Finance Council Annual D.C. Symposium, November 21, 2019

Moderator, "A View from the Top – High Yield Investment Panel," 2019 Trigild Lender Conference, October 23, 2019

Speaker, "A Room with a Capitol Hill View: Legal and Regulatory Update," MBA's Commercial/Multifamily Servicing and Technology Conference 2018, May 22, 2018

Board Memberships & Community Service

CRE Finance Council, Board of Governors, 2019



Washington and Lee University School of Law (J.D. 1984)

Wake Forest University (B.A. 1980, cum laude)




District of Columbia