Craig Ganz > Ballard Spahr LLP > Phoenix, United States > Lawyer Profile

Ballard Spahr LLP
1 EAST WASHINGTON STREET
SUITE 2300
PHOENIX, AZ 85004-2555
ARIZONA
United States

Work Department

Litigation, Banking and Financial Services Industry Group, Non-Bank Lending Team

Position

Partner and Co-Leader of Ballard Spahr’s Non-Bank Lending Team

Career

Although located in the Los Angeles and Phoenix offices, Craig’s practice spans throughout the United States and its territories. Craig serves as Co-Leader of the Non-Bank Lending Team in the firm’s Banking and Financial Services Industry Group. Craig is focused primarily in the areas of real property, retail/restaurant/hospitality, and finance/banking law. His experience also encompasses significant trial work on both the state and federal levels. Recently, Craig has focused his efforts on assisting clients with (COVID-19 related) distressed asset workouts on the banking and real estate side.

As it relates to Craig’s real estate and finance practice, he frequently counsels clients on strategies ranging from asset acquisition and dispositions, to leveraged transactions on both the buy and sell side. Craig assists dealmakers navigate both the distressed and organic markets to source and engineer creative solutions – resulting in accretive transactions for the client. Craig often consults with private equity groups, REITs, hotel operators, and family offices, to establish internal and external strategies in order to implement a formal protocol to manage the transactional-side acquisition and disposition processes. Craig also handles pre-litigation workouts for financial institutions and various real estate entities as it relates to distressed asset scenarios.

Admissions

Arizona

California

Texas

U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nebraska

Memberships

American Bankruptcy Institute

Maricopa County Bar Association

International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT)

NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association

Guest lecturer at Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, on topics ranging from avoidance and preference actions to ethical issues relating to the bankruptcy practice

Judge Pro Tempore, Maricopa County Superior Court

Education

Southwestern Law School (J.D. 2001)

Trial Advocacy Honors Program

University of Arizona (B.A. 1997)

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.