Ballard Expansion Continues in L.A. with New Partners York and Wu Brings Total Number of Lawyers to Nine

PHILADELPHIA & LOS ANGELES– LAWFUEL – The Law Firm Newswire –Arthur Makadon, Chairman of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, announced today that former Baker Hostetler partners Gary York and Lydia W. Wu have joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as partners in the Real Estate Department. The new attorneys bring to nine the number of lawyers in Ballard’s Los Angeles office — its first on the West Coast — which opened in early September. York and Wu join office managing partner David C. Sampson and partner Scott Preston, their former Baker Hostetler colleagues.

“It is great that Gary and Lydia have been reunited with their former partners in Los Angeles,” Makadon said. “It is even better to have more lawyers joining us who know the real estate finance world from A to Z and who will fit in perfectly with our national real estate practice.”

York joins the Real Estate Finance and Real Estate Leasing Groups. He focuses his practice on major real estate finance, banking and creditors’ rights matters. York’s experience includes assisting companies with acquisitions, sales, exchanges and leasing of real estate.

Wu joins the Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Leasing, Real Estate Development and Resort and Hotel Groups. She concentrates her practice on representing institutional and individual investors with nationwide real estate portfolios in the acquisition, financing, development and disposition of portfolio assets.

“We are happy to welcome Lydia and Gary to Ballard’s Los Angeles office,” said Sampson, managing partner of the office. “The addition of two well-known and respected real estate lawyers helps strengthen the firm’s presence on the West Coast and throughout the country.”

“Ballard’s Los Angeles office has a strong, diverse team of real estate lawyers,” said York. “I am looking forward to working with such an excellent team to better serve our clients and continue to establish Ballard’s presence on the West Coast.”

Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP is an Am Law 100 firm with more than 500 lawyers in eleven offices in the Mid-Atlantic corridor and the Western United States. The firm’s Real Estate Department provides cutting-edge representation for corporate, institutional, entrepreneurial and public clients in acquisition, development, financing, leasing, sales and other flagship transactions. Ballard clients include Fortune 500 corporations, hospitals, universities, financial institutions, managed care organizations, defense contractors, utilities and many other businesses. The firm also represents corporate directors, officers, and managers as well as other professionals, including doctors, lawyers, public officials and accountants. Ballard combines a broad scope of practice with strong local market knowledge to represent companies, individuals and other entities. For more information on the firm, please visit

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