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Ballard Spahr LLP
111 S. Calvert Street
27th Floor
BALTIMORE, MD 21202-6174
United States
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Work Department

Real Estate


Partner and Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr’s Tax Group


Wendi L. Kotzen is a member of the Real Estate Department and the Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr’s Tax Group. Her practice focuses on tax law, including federal, state and local taxation of individuals, corporations, and partnerships. Ms. Kotzen advises clients on the taxation of all types of real estate transactions, has an extensive background in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia realty transfer tax planning, and advises clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions. She provides tax advice in connection with labor and other litigation matters, and she represents clients before federal, state, and local agencies contesting proposed tax adjustments. Also, Ms. Kotzen has an extensive background in working with REITs, real estate partnerships (both for developers and investors), leasing transactions, sale-leasebacks, Pennsylvania state tax incentives, structuring like-kind exchanges (forward, reverse, and TIC exchanges), structuring qualified opportunity zone deals, and workouts.

Wendi represents clients before federal, state, and local tax agencies contesting proposed adjustments and in connection with obtaining rulings on tax issues. She provides tax advice in labor and other litigation matters and withholding tax issues. She also regularly advises on Pennsylvania state and local tax planning and opportunities. Wendi has focused on the new Qualified Opportunity Zone tax incentive to assist clients to form and structure qualified opportunity funds. She leads the firm’s Qualified Opportunity Zones Team and co-leads the firm’s Exempt Organizations Team.



New Jersey



Philadelphia Bar Association, past Chair (2000-2001), Tax Section; past Chair, Tax Section State and Local Tax Committee (2005-2006)

American College of Tax Counsel, elected member

CRE® (Counselors of Real Estate), member

Mayor’s Task Force on Tax Policy & Economic Competitiveness, appointee of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, 2009

Philadelphia Tax Supper Club, past President


George Washington University Law School (J.D. 1981, with honors)

New York University School of Law (LL.M., taxation, 1982)

University of Pennsylvania (B.A., magna cum laude, 1978)

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

At Ballard Spahr LLP, the team is predominantly led out of Maryland by experienced practitioners Douglas Fox and Charles Moran, who represent public and private REITs on complex corporate mandates, including acquisitions, equity and debt offerings and financing transactions. The team also handles high-value IPOs. Co-heads Craig Ganz, who splits his time between Los Angeles and Arizona, and real estate partner Wendi Kotzen in Philadelphia are also key members of the group, focusing on finance and federal level taxation matters, respectively. Counsel J. Thomas Bashore advises on business formation and corporation law.