Matthew McClure > Ballard Spahr LLP > Philadelphia, United States > Lawyer Profile

Ballard Spahr LLP
United States

Work Department

Real Estate


Partner and Team Leader of Ballard Spahr’s Zoning and Land Use Team


Admissions: New Jersey, Pennsylvania


American Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Philadelphia Bar Association

East Falls Development Corporation, board member and past chair

Central Philadelphia Development Corporation, board member

Lambda Alpha International Philadelphia chapter, President

3rd Century Initiative of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Council member


Villanova University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1999)
Staff Writer, Villanova Law Review
Member, Order of the Coif

Loyola College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1994)

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Diploma, 1993)

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Real estate > Land use/zoning

Ballard Spahr LLP‘s land use and zoning group has attorneys in various areas of the country that advise on securing all permits and approvals on real estate projects, and excels in historic preservation and environmental issues. It has a particularly strong base in Philadelphia, continuing to represent clients in some of the cities highest-profile developments, and head of the department Matthew McClure is based at the firm’s office there. His practice emphasizes development, land use, zoning, and historic preservation matters and he frequently works with David Gest in cases before the Zoning Board of Adjustment, the Philadelphia Historical Commission and the Civic Design Review Committee. In Salt Lake City, Thomas Bennett has a focus on development of commercial and resort properties, frequently involving zoning and entitlements work, while at the Minneapolis office, James Walston heads the firm’s real estate development and transactions group and covers land use and zoning in his broad practice.