Amy McClain > Ballard Spahr LLP > Baltimore, United States > Lawyer Profile

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 Chair of the Real Estate Department


Amy M. McClain represents housing authorities and affordable housing developers in the context of mixed-finance transactions. She is the Chair of the firm’s Real Estate Department.

Amy is based in Baltimore and is a lawyer who closes affordable housing transactions involving a variety of funding sources, including Low Income Housing Tax Credits, the Rental Assistance Demonstration program, public housing and Section 8 funding sources, HUD-insured loans, tax-exempt bonds, state housing finance agency loan funds, and conventional financing.

These transactions have provided her with the opportunity to negotiate issues among the financing parties, housing authorities, and developers while also coordinating various U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development review and approval processes. Amy also addresses traditional real estate issues intertwined with affordable housing development.




American Bar Association, Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, Past Chair

Housing and Development Law Institute

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

Msgr. O’Dwyer Youth Retreat House, 2012-2017

Harbor Walk Townhouse Association, 2015-2017

Southeast Community Development Corporation, 2009-2016


University of Maryland School of Law (J.D. 2002, with honors)
Student Lawyer, Community Transactions Clinic; Member, Order of the Coif; Associate Editor, Maryland Law Review

American University (B.A. 1993, magna cum laude)

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Real estate > Real estate

A nationwide team with ‘outstanding legal expertise and deep industry knowledge’, Ballard Spahr LLP is regarded for its development and financing work in condominiums, hospitality and mixed-use projects. From Baltimore, practice chair Amy McClain is well known for her expertise in development and securing funding for affordable housing projects. Thomas Hauser is another real estate finance specialist in the same office. Other recommended lawyers include Tina Makoulian and Bart Mellits in Philadelphia and Roger Winston in Washington DC, head of the mixed-use department.