Ballard Spahr appointed Bart I. Mellits as chair of its real estate department on Jan. 1, 2013. Mellits, a real estate leasing, acquisition, development and financing specialist, will oversee a staff of 110 attorneys in 11 of the firm’s 13 branches. He is based in Philadelphia.
He succeeds Michael Sklaroff who built the department from the ground up 25 years ago. Sklaroff will continue his practice in real estate development, land use and eminent domain.
"When I look at the countless contributions Michael has made to the firm's success, three stand out," firm Chair Mark Stewart said. "One is the masterful way in which he built our real estate practice into one of the most prominent in the nation, the second is his constant search for ways to make the firm and the department better, and the third is his wisdom in selecting Bart Mellits as his successor."
Mellits is a partner in firm. He is a member of Ballard Spahr’s elected and expanded boards and formerly served as vice chair of the real estate department. His practice includes working with commercial landlords and tenants on retail, office, industrial and other types of leases. Most of Mellits' development practice involves biotech parks, R&D facilities and medical buildings.