Attorneys in our national real estate practice advise clients in acquisition, financing, leasing, sale, and restructuring transactions. The practice is exceptionally diversified, represents clients nationwide, and offers fully integrated legal services.

Our services include:

  • Acquisitions and equity participations
  • Commercial leasing
  • Condominiums and planned communities
  • Construction and design contracts
  • Eminent domain
  • High-rise office development and leasing
  • Industrial and warehouse development
  • Liquor licensing
  • Loan originations and servicing
  • Military base reuse
  • Mixed-use development, including office, retail, hotel, and parking facilities, medical office condominiums, and golf course/residential
  • Multifamily housing development and financing (including FHA, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and GNMA programs)
  • Port, airport, and transit development projects
  • Public/private ventures
  • Real estate taxation, including appeals and exemptions
  • Resort, hotel, and fractional interest projects, including ski and golf facilities
  • Restructurings, workouts, and foreclosures
  • Shopping center development and leasing
  • Zoning and land use


Client service is paramount. We continuously augment and refine our skills to meet the needs of our clients.

Our attorneys are leaders in bar and industry organizations, including, among others, the American Bar Association, American College of Real Estate Lawyers, American College of Mortgage Attorneys, American Resort Development Association, and Urban Land Institute.

We value collaboration—among our own team members and with our clients—and believe it to be at the core of the client focus that is central to Ballard Spahr's real estate practice.


  • Apartment owners
  • Charter Schools
  • Financial institutions in loan restructurings and workouts
  • Housing authorities
  • International science and technology centers
  • Investment banks
  • Investors
  • Hospitals and medical centers
  • Master servicers
  • National brand hotel companies in resorts and fractional interest projects
  • National and regional institutional lenders
  • National and regional shopping center developers
  • National retail companies
  • Office, industrial, and multifamily developers
  • Owners
  • Receivers
  • Redevelopment and economic development agencies
  • Real estate brokerage companies
  • Regional transportation authorities
  • Renewable energy developers
  • REITs
  • Residential developers and home builders
  • Special servicers
  • Sports, cultural, and civic enterprises
  • Universities and research parks


Bart I. Mellits
Tel 215.864.8701