Indian American bond lawyer Emilie R. Ninan Jan. 3 was named chair of Ballard Spahr’s Public Finance Department.

Ninan has been a member of the firm’s partner compensation committee and previously served as managing partner of the firm's Delaware office.

As public finance chair, which she takes over for William C. Rhodes, she will oversee national strategy and administration for the department.

The department boasts more than 50 lawyers in offices nationwide.

“Whether infrastructure, tax credits, education, housing or healthcare — we are well-positioned to play a leading role in the national development priorities of the new presidential administration, as we have in the past,” Ninan said in a statement. “The lawyers in our group are at the top of their game, working on economic development projects of national and local significance. They’re also terrific people and I’m delighted to continue working with them in this new role.”

Ninan has served as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, borrower's counsel, issuer's counsel or trustee's counsel on a wide variety of municipal bond financings.

In addition to her public finance practice, she represents corporate, banking, government and nonprofit clients in commercial and real estate lending matters, contract negotiation and other finance transactions. She also advises on Uniform Commercial Code matters and delivers formal legal opinions in connection with various business transactions.

Ninan earned a bachelor of business administration from the Temple University Fox School of Business and Management, an M.B.A. from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, and her juris doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center.

She began her career with Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP in 1995 and spent more than 11 years there before becoming a partner at Ballard Spahr in 2007.

“Public finance is a core strength of the firm and a growth area in the legal industry,” firm chair Mark Stewart said. “Emilie’s legal acumen and managerial skill, coupled with her understanding of the firm and its clients, ensures that we will continue to provide unmatched service.”

Ballard Spahr has one of the premier public finance practices in the country, participating in the issuance of more than $650 billion of tax-exempt obligations in the U.S. and its territories.

The firm was named national Law Firm of the Year for Public Finance in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers rankings in recognition of the Public Finance Department's outstanding overall performance.

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