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Casey named Dealmaker of the Year by “The American Lawyer”

Paul Casey

Paul Casey, of Ballard Spahr, was named a Dealmaker of the Year recently by “The American Lawyer” for his role in structuring a landmark public-private partnership that raised hundreds of millions of dollars to improve and maintain low-income housing developments in New York City.

Casey is a partner in the firm’s real estate and public finance departments, co-partner-in-charge of the housing group, and a member of the real estate finance and transactional finance groups.

Working in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., offices, he focuses on real estate finance and public finance transactions, with an emphasis on affordable housing, public housing law, and federal housing programs.

Casey worked with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a member of the HOPE VI Work Group and on an advisory team for preparation of HUD’s Mixed-Finance Guidebook.

He served as assistant attorney general of Maryland from 1983 to 1987, representing the Department of Economic and Community Development.

In addition to pro bono work, Casey has served on several boards, including the Maryland Affordable Housing Trust’s since 1992.

Paul Casey

Education: J.D., University of Virginia School of Law; M.A., University of Virginia; B.A., St. Anselm College.

Resides in: Ellicott City, Md.

Daily commute: To Baltimore: 17 miles one-way; about 25 minutes. To D.C.: 37 miles one-way; about an hour.

Most recent vacation: Enjoyed a nostalgic summer trip to Massachusetts which included watching our son perform with The Capitol Steps in the Berkshires, catching up with my college roommate, celebrating my aunt’s 102nd birthday, and visiting our daughter in Boston, with side trips to Plymouth Rock, the John Adams homestead, Lexington Green, the JFK Library, and Williamstown, where I grew up.

Hobbies: Hiking, theatre, visiting historical sites, and cheering on the Orioles (I converted from a Red Sox fan 34 years ago when I married my wife, Kathleen, who is a Baltimore native.)

Favorite books: “Watership Down” by Richard Adams (It reads like a modern version of The Aeneid: a tale of a courageous journey to find a new home but from the unique perspective of rabbits with unforgettable personalities.) “Miracle at Philadelphia” by Catherine Drinker Bowen (an exceptional retelling of the Constitutional Convention, and knowing the outcome makes it no less exciting.) “The Immense Journey” by Loren Eiseley (a respected anthropologist’s spiritually insightful view of the beauty and wonder of God’s creation in all its forms.)

Most recently read: “Arc of Justice” by Kevin Boyle (the compelling civil rights story of Dr. Ossian Sweet, who moved into a white Detroit neighborhood in 1925 and was put on trial for defending his home against a mob attack, with Clarence Darrow leading the defense team).

Favorite food: Seafood, especially any salmon dish.

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