Jon Laria > 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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Real Estate




Jon M. Laria is a member of Ballard Spahr’s Expanded Board, Managing Partner of the firm’s Baltimore office, and a member of the firm’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. He represents owners, developers, investors, and lenders in all types of commercial real estate transactions, including development, finance, acquisition, and leasing. Jon also has a leading land use and zoning practice and has provided counsel for some of Baltimore’s most prominent development projects. Before becoming an attorney, he was employed by a major Baltimore-based developer, where he engaged in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions.

Jon served on the Transition Teams for Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott and Comptroller Bill Henry. He chairs the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Commission, charged by the mayor with promoting bicycling and other forms of micromobility as a safe and convenient form of transportation and recreation, and coordinating City agency implementation of the City’s Bicycle Master Plan. He previously served as a mayoral appointee on Baltimore’s Tax Policy Task Force and on the group that developed a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the City.


District of Columbia



Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA), Chair of the Baltimore City Chapter

American Bar Association

District of Columbia Bar Association

Maryland Bar Association

Bar Association of Baltimore City

Urban Land Institute, full member

International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

Johns Hopkins University, past faculty member, Master’s in Real Estate program

Maryland’s continuing legal education program, past instructor, “Advanced Real Estate Transactions”

Ballard Spahr’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC)

Central Maryland Transportation Alliance (CMTA)

Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc., Vice Chair

Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Commission, Chair

Blue Ribbon Commission on Ethics & Accountability, Baltimore County

Baltimore Jewish Council, past President

Johns Hopkins University, past Trustee

Johns Hopkins Alumni Association, Baltimore, past President

Land Bank Task Force

Live Baltimore, past President

Public Policy Advisory Board of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, past Chair

ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, Regional Investment Committee, past Chair

Baltimore City Historical Society

Beth Am Synagogue

Greater Baltimore Committee’s Leadership program, past participant

Lake Roland Nature Council

Maryland Center for History and Culture


University of Maryland School of Law (J.D. 1992, with honors)
Articles Editor, Maryland Law Review

Johns Hopkins University (B.A. 1985)