Jon Laria has been selected to become the managing partner of the Baltimore office of Ballard Spahr.
Laria succeeds Raymond G. Truitt, who has been named managing partner for finance and operations of the 13-office firm, effective July 1. Truitt will remain a member of Ballard Spahr’s elected board and will continue to be resident in the Baltimore office.
Laria is a partner in the real estate department and a member of the construction, eminent domain, housing, P3/infrastructure, transactional finance, zoning and land use, and government relations, regulatory affairs and contracting groups; the real estate development, finance, and leasing groups; and the municipal recovery initiative.
He represents owners, developers, and lenders in all types of commercial real estate transactions, and has an active land-use and zoning practice. Before joining Ballard Spahr, Laria was employed by a major Baltimore-based developer, where he engaged in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions.
Laria has worked with Gov. Martin O’Malley’s Housing and Community Development transition team and the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, which he chairs.
He also serves on the Urban Land Institute’s Baltimore District Council, and as vice chair of the Healthy Neighborhoods Inc. board. Laria previously was president of Live Baltimore and of the Baltimore Jewish Council.
Education: Johns Hopkins University; University of Maryland School of Law.
Resides in: Roland Park, Baltimore.
Daily commute: 10 minutes to downtown, maybe 20 when I take my daughter to school — a big benefit of living and working in the city.
Most recent vacation: London and Paris in March, with my wife, Trudy, and daughter, Grace.
Hobbies: Bicycling, photography, travel. Someday, I’ll combine all three.
Favorite books: Hard to narrow down, but I’ll go with “The Time Traveler’s Wife” (not the movie, though) and “Middlesex.” For nonfiction, Caro’s books on LBJ. And Spalding Gray’s essays.
Most recently read: I re-read Fraser Smith’s biography of William Donald Schaefer after Schaefer died. It’s filled with both public and private sector people who really made a difference here, and it’s a great accounting of pivotal years for Maryland and especially Baltimore.
Favorite food: I’m an omnivore, but I’m trying to reform. Right now, the trout at Petit Louis is high on my list, but so is the buffalo jerky at the Waverly farmer’s market.
Favorite quotation: “Think big, start small, act now.”