MANAGING PARTNER, BALTIMORE, BALLARD SPAHR LLP
A 1992 graduate of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Jon Laria is managing partner of Ballard Spahr’s Baltimore office and a member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Council.
Before becoming an attorney, he worked for a major Baltimore-based developer, where he was engaged in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions. As an attorney, he represents owners, developers, investors and lenders in such transactions and has provided counsel for some of Baltimore’s most prominent development projects.
Laria was founding chairman of the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, created by the Maryland General Assembly to assess and advise on the progress of state, regional and local planning to achieve the state’s economic growth, resource protection and planning policy.
He also has been a member of the Maryland Economic Development and Business Climate Commission and is chairman of the mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Commission.
What are your hopes for the state or your community this year?
Success for our new mayor, with the hope that everyone who has something to contribute to Baltimore does.
What do you do to unplug in your free time?
Ride my road bike (the kind with pedals), ideally with a group of good friends.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?
Listen before speaking, whenever possible.