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David L. Winstead

Ballard Spahr LLP

Washington, DC, USA


David L. Winstead
Of Counsel

David L. Winstead is a member of the firm’s real estate, public finance, and government affairs practices. In addition, he works with client needs in construction, energy/sustainability, and transportation/infrastructure, as well as the firm’s P3/Infrastructure Group and Distressed Real Estate Initiative. Mr. Winstead is resident in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office and works with Ballard’s offices in Maryland and other states. He concentrates his practice in real estate (private and public sectors), infrastructure issues, stimulus spending, public-private partnerships, and public finance, as well as government contracts and legislative/regulatory matters.

Mr. Winstead’s career combines distinctive private and public sector experiences in real estate, transportation/infrastructure development, and public policy through his work as a lawyer and a public sector executive, including a term as Secretary of Transportation for the State of Maryland. He joined Ballard Spahr following his presidential appointment and service as Commissioner of Public Buildings at the U.S. General Services Administration. As Commissioner, Mr. Winstead wielded responsibility for the asset management, design and construction, leasing, and operations of a portfolio of 347 million square feet in more than 8,600 public and private buildings housing over one million federal workers.

Previously, Mr. Winstead was a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of an international law firm for many years. Earlier in his career, he served as Transportation Secretary in Maryland and was Executive Director of the Washington/Baltimore Regional Association, a private sector economic development alliance between the two metropolitan areas.

Mr. Winstead’s service to the professional community includes being President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), Director of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, President and Counsel for the D.C./ Suburban Maryland Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), Board Member of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, Vice Chair of the Chevy Chase Village Board, member of the Johns Hopkins University Real Estate Advisory Board, and Chair of the Urban Land Institute’s Public Development and Infrastructure Council.  He also served as the honorary Chair of National Transportation Week from 2001 to 2004.

Mr. Winstead is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia (1992) and Pennsylvania (1987).

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