Ballard Spahr will be bringing Erica Leatham into its Bethesda office Monday in what marks the second hire this year for the firm's real estate practice in suburban Maryland.
Leatham, who joins as of counsel, was previously a name partner at Rockville, Md.-based Meyers, Eisler & Leatham. Her practice focuses on zoning and land use matters before the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Planning Board, the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission, and the City of Gaithersburg and City of Rockville Planning Commissions.
She said she opted to join Ballard Spahr because she wanted a national law firm with a strong focus on real estate.
Leatham’s hire comes two months after the now 12-lawyer Bethesda office added Mark Jackson, who is also of counsel. Jackson represents real estate developers and big-box retailers in acquiring, disposing of, and financing real estate, and in managing and leasing real estate projects. Jackson had been a partner at Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker.
Roger Winston, who manages the Bethesda office, said the firm has been deliberately expanding in Bethesda. “We’re hoping to turn the office into a full service firm in a market that we see as a great opportunity for growth,” Winston said. The office currently has litigation, real estate, and intellectual property practices, but Winston said he has been talking to potential lateral hires in other practices.
The office’s real estate practice slowed last year during the economic downturn. But the practice stayed busy, Winston said, by advising clients on “troubled” deals. “The real estate practice continued to grow, not exponentially given the economy, but grow just the same,” he said.