Emilie R. Ninan—a prominent bond lawyer whose work has driven economic development through financing of educational institutions, utility systems, manufacturing, affordable housing, and health care facilities—has been named Chair of Ballard Spahr’s nationally recognized Public Finance Department, firm Chair Mark Stewart announced.
Ms. Ninan has been a member of the firm’s partner compensation committee and previously served as Managing Partner for the firm’s Delaware office. Succeeding her as Office Managing Partner in Delaware is Beth Moskow-Schnoll—a well-respected trial lawyer who focuses on white-collar litigation, regulatory enforcement and compliance, and complex civil litigation, particularly in the health care and financial services industries.
"The two lawyers assuming these important leadership positions are outstanding, both in their work for clients and as businesspeople," Mr. Stewart said. "Their managerial skill, coupled with their understanding of the firm and its clients, ensures that we will continue to provide unmatched service."
In her new role, Ms. Ninan will oversee national strategy and administration for the firm’s Public Finance Department, which has more than 50 lawyers in offices nationwide and has participated in the issuance of more than $650 billion of tax-exempt obligations. Ballard Spahr 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 its outstanding overall performance in that area. She succeeds William C. Rhodes, who served as Chair of the department for five years and has returned to his active legal practice.
Ms. 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. Ms. Ninan also advises on Uniform Commercial Code matters and delivers formal legal opinions in connection with various business transactions.
"Whether infrastructure, tax credits, education, housing or health care – 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," Ms. Ninan said. "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."
Ms. Moskow-Schnoll—who served for more than a decade as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware before joining Ballard Spahr—has tried to verdict dozens of cases in federal district court and has briefed and argued multiple cases before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. She has successfully defended clients against allegations of health care fraud, financial fraud, and environmental crimes, and has conducted internal investigations for clients in a range of industries.
As Delaware Managing Partner, she will provide strategic direction to a team that serves clients in the areas of corporate governance, bankruptcy, public finance, commercial and securities litigation, consumer financial services, transactional finance, and white collar defense and investigations.
"Delaware is unique in that, while small, it is extremely significant on a national level," Ms. Moskow-Schnoll said. "Our Delaware office reflects that. We have the local market knowledge backed by the strength of a national firm. It’s a great place to be and I look forward to helping it grow even stronger."