David L. Winstead

Of Counsel

Tel 202.661.7632
Fax 202.661.2299
Washington, DC

David L. Winstead concentrates on real estate development, infrastructure issues, public-private partnerships, as well as government contracts and legislative/regulatory matters. His career combines both private and public sector experience in real estate and transportation, and his representations include private companies, national real estate enterprises, transportation entities, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

David joined Ballard Spahr following his presidential appointment and service as Commissioner of Public Buildings at the U.S. General Services Administration. As Commissioner, David was responsible for the asset management, construction, and operations of a portfolio of 1,500 federal buildings, as well as 190 million square feet of leased space to accommodate more than one million federal workers.

Earlier in his career, David was a partner in a Washington, D.C., zoning firm, and served as Executive Director of the Washington/Baltimore Regional Association, a private sector economic development alliance of real estate and financial interests in these two metropolitan areas. He also served a term as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation responsible for the five transportation agencies under Maryland DOT.

Professional Activities

Urban Land Institute: Public Development and Infrastructure Council, At-Large Chair; Washington District Council's Regionalism Committee, Co-Chair

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), past President

Maryland Chamber of Commerce, past Director

National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), the D.C./Suburban Maryland Chapter, past President

The Real Estate Roundtable, President's Council

Greater Washington Board of Trade, Transportation Committee Member

Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), National Advisory Council Member

Public Buildings Reform Board


"Legal-Ease: GSA's Simplified Leasing Forms Made Simple," BOMA Magazine, January/February 2019

Co-author, "Seven Tax Aspects of Tenant Improvements," Legal-Ease column for BOMA Magazine, May/June 2014

Speaking Engagements

Moderator, "First Tennessee Park as a Public-Private Partnership," Urban Land Institute's 2019 Spring Meeting, Nashville, TN, April 18, 2019

Moderator, "Impact of the New Congress on Commercial Real Estate," Ballard Spahr event, Washington, D.C., February 21, 2019

Moderator, "Montgomery County Economic Development's Federal Markets & Property Summit," Silver Spring, Md., October 22, 2012

Moderator, "(Bus) Rapid Transit A to Z," White Flint Partnership, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate, and The Traffic Group, College Park, Md., May 2, 2012

Moderator, "Impacts of Federal Budget Decisions, and Government Leasing and Real Estate Policies," Urban Land Institute's Washington District Council and Montgomery County Economic Development, Impact of Federal Decisions on the Local Real Estate Market Workshop, Silver Spring, Md., December 13, 2011

"The Missed Opportunities: The Views of the Private Sector," PPPs for the Federal Government: Real Estate and Energy Projects, The National Council For Public-Private Partnerships Real Estate and Energy Institutes, Washington, D.C., November 9, 2011

Keynote speaker, "The Evolution of the PPP Real Estate Market (A Light at the End of the Tunnel?)," The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships Real Estate Institute, Arlington, Virginia, May 13, 2010

"Implementation of Public-Private Partnerships for Transit," The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, Boston, September 16, 2009

"Transit-Oriented Development Connecting Infrastructure and Land Use," Urban Marketplace Forum, Urban Land Institute and Ballard Spahr, June 25, 2009

"The Stimulus Package for Energy & Infrastructure PPPs," annual Federal Properties and Energy Workshop, The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, April 7-8, 2009

Board Memberships

Public Buildings Reform Board

Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers, past Chair

Johns Hopkins University Real Estate Advisory Board

The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (J.D.)

Columbia University (M.B.A.)

Johns Hopkins University (M.S., real estate)

Denison University (B.A.)

District of Columbia


U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

U.S. Supreme Court