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Lila Shapiro-Cyr

Lila Shapiro-Cyr

Lila Shapiro-Cyr

Ballard Spahr LLP

Lila Shapiro-Cyr was first drawn to the legal field because of her grandmother, the late Sophie (Litman) Shapiro.

“She was one of maybe less than half a dozen women in her law school class,” she said. “She, unfortunately, never got to practice law just because it was so hard for women back then to actually be lawyers.”

Today, Shapiro-Cyr carries on her grandmother’s legacy as a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP handling property transactions.

Some of her most memorable work includes representing the Housing Authority of New Orleans for myriad cases pre- and post-Hurricane Katrina.

Some of her local work includes the acquisition of St. Joseph Hospital by the University of Maryland Medical System and the redevelopment of the B&O building.

“(My job is) always different,” Shapiro-Cyr said. “There is always something new and interesting. No day is ever like another. I’m a people person, so I enjoy getting to interact with lots of different types of people.”

Because she initially wanted to be a public interest lawyer, the mother of two boys decided to donate her time to several area organizations, including as a member of the Board of Trustees at the Park School of Baltimore and as a board member for the Kol HaLev Synagogue.

“I really felt like it was important to use my career and my experience as a professional to give back to the community,” she said.

An avid runner, Shapiro-Cyr completed the Baltimore Marathon in 2013 and is training for November’s Philadelphia Marathon. With a deep admiration of sports journalism, she is a frequent guest contributor on a Sunday night radio show on 105.7 The Fan.

“It’s super fun and I kind of get to live my lifelong dream,” she said.