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Matthew G. Steinhilber, an associate in the Baltimore office of the law firm Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, has been elected to the board of directors of the Center for Watershed Protection.

The Center for Watershed Protection works to minimize the effects of urbanization and other land use on drainage basins in order to provide communities with clean water and conserve natural resources.

Mr. Steinhilber is a member of Ballard’s Real Estate Department, where he regularly represents lenders and borrowers in a variety of commercial and real estate finance transactions, including health care matters involving the financing and refinancing of continuing-care retirement communities, assisted living facilities, and skilled nursing homes. He also has served as underwriter’s counsel and bond counsel in several tax-exempt and taxable bond financings. Mr. Steinhilber’s diverse practice also includes representing public housing authorities in mixed-finance and Capital Fund Financing Program transactions.

37 Selected For 2008 First Judicial District of Pennsylvania Honor Roll

Thirty-seven attorneys from Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP will be honored Thursday, January 22, for their 2008 pro bono work in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, which comprises the courts in the Philadelphia County system.

The annual Pro Bono Publico Award Ceremony is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Alex Bonavitacola Law Library, City Hall. Ballard attorneys being named to the Pro Bono Roll of Honor are Raheemah F. Abdulaleem, Taimarie Adams, Sapna K. Anderson, Alexandra Bak-Boychuk, Aisha M. Barbour, Barbara R. Beckman, Tamar J. Cerafici, Frederic W. Clark, Colleen F. Coonelly, Katharine A. Crawford, Marc E. Davies, Eric Diaz, Shannon D. Farmer, Adiah I. Ferron, Adam M. Finkelstein, David S. Fryman, Farrah I. Gold, Henry E. Hockeimer, Jr., William B. Igoe, Cecilia Isaacs-Blundin, Leslie E. John, Edward I. Leeds, Melissa J. Lore, Aldie Jennings Loubier, Jeffrey Meyers, Donna D. Page, Eileen B. Quigley, Thomas D. Rethage, Charles L. Rombeau, Mary Gay Scanlon, Amy Shellhammer, Gina M. Smith, Mark S. Stewart, Marc J. Weinstein, Sandra Wintner, Dena Zakaria, and Lynn G. Zeitlin.

To be included on the annual Roll of Honor, a lawyer must be in private practice, not employed by an organization that provides free legal services, and have rendered legal services to a low-income client without any fee, or expectation of fee, in the First Judicial District.

Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP partner Joshua W. Martin III has been named by Governor-elect Jack Markell to chair the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council, the state’s revenue forecasting committee. DEFAC is responsible for estimating the state’s revenues and setting the limit the legislature must use to draft the next fiscal year’s budget.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve Jack and the State of Delaware. In these tough economic times, leadership must be particularly vigilant in managing the fiscal responsibilities,”  stated Mr. Martin.

Mr. Martin concentrates his law practice on mediation and arbitration and on business counseling, particularly in the areas of telecommunications, public utilities and governmental relations.  He serves as chair of Potter Anderson's Diversity and Inclusion Committee, charged with enhancing the firm's ongoing diversity efforts.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Martin was President and Chief Executive Officer of Verizon Delaware from 1996 until early 2005, where he was responsible for all aspects of its telecommunications business within the state of Delaware, including regulatory, financial and operational matters.  He first joined Verizon's predecessor (Bell Atlantic) in Delaware in 1990 as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary.  Prior to that, Mr. Martin was a Delaware Superior Court Judge for eight years.  Earlier, he served on the Delaware Public Service Commission from 1978 to 1982, including three years as Chairman.  A physicist by training, Mr. Martin began his legal career as a patent attorney for Hercules, Inc. from 1974 to 1982.

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