Jane Ennis Sheehan was a former partner at the law firm of Frank, Bernstein, Conway & Goldman, an old established Baltimore law firm which has since disbanded.Her tenure with the firm was approximately 16 years.For the last 15 years, Ms. Sheehan practiced as a partner at the law firm of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, a national firm, at the firm’s Baltimore Office.Her 31 years of practice involved all aspects of Real Estate Transactional work (e.g., acquisition, sale, finance, management, project structuring, entity formations, development, leasing, and construction [her experience includes the use of AIA construction forms]), with an ancillary focus on mixed-finance affordable housing transactions and single purpose entities for restricted liability and investment purposes.Ms. Sheehan has represented lenders, borrowers, sellers, buyers, tenants, landlords, owners, developers, construction contractors, and investment entities engaged in office, retail, industrial, and business park projects.This diverse client-representation has enabled her to understand the competing interests of the parties to a transaction.Understanding the parties’ business needs results in her ability to prepare, negotiate and finalize transactional legal documents efficiently and timely -- often, a key factor to minimize legal costs and fees.Ms. Sheehan’s clients also have included publicly-traded companies and a variety of partnerships, joint ventures, and other associations with regional and national reputations and undertakings in the real estate industry.Ms. Sheehan has advised clients contemplating public, quasi-public and investment funding sources (e.g., low income housing tax credits, the Federal Reserve Banks’ affordable housing program, HUD’s HOPE VI Program, Garvee Bonds, etc.).
She has been a featured panelist at seminars and symposiums, addressing HUD grant-financing, mixed-finance transactions, and the changing roles and emerging opportunities in private ownership of public housing and community redevelopment.She has provided tutorials for clients and adverse parties regarding the structure, documentation and government restrictions applicable to subsidized projects.Ms. Sheehan has authored published articles on the topic of affordable housing development and green building.
She is a member of the American Bar Association, the ABA's Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, its Business section and its Real Property, Estates and Trust section, the Maryland Bar Association, the Maryland Women's Bar Association, Urban Land Institute, Women in Housing and Finance, and the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.
In 2004, Ms. Sheehan received the Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP’s Pro Bono Award for her representation of a religious community in redeveloping its mother house (circa, 1915) and a portion of the 13 acres in Baltimore City, Maryland owned by the community as an inter-generational condominium community, inclusive of a community center, low-income housing apartments, townhouses in which grandparents in the active process of adopting their grandchildren reside, residential facilities (inclusive of health care services and other amenities) for members of the religious community, and the community's convent.Because of the unique nature of this project, the project has been featured in articles published in the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Journal of Affordable Housing, and other publications.
Ms. Sheehan graduated from the Villa Julie College (now known as “Stevenson University”) (A.A. 1969) (where she served as student government president), the University of Maryland (B.A. 1971), and the University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1977, as top graduate in day school).Ms. Sheehan served as Notes and Comments editor of the University of Baltimore School of Law's Law Review, and is a member of the School's Heuisler Honor Society.She clerked for the Honorable John C. Eldridge, Judge on the Maryland Court of Appeals, served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Law (teaching commercial real estate transactions), and lectured at local, regional and national real estate and mixed-financed housing seminars.Ms. Sheehan was named one of Maryland's top one-hundred Super Lawyers for 2007, 2008 and, again, for 2009.Ms. Sheehan is a Lifetime Fellow of the Maryland Bar Foundation and, among her community activities, has served as a board member and an advisory committee member of The House of Ruth of Maryland.
Ms. Sheehan’s most notable achievement, however, is being mom to two wonderful sons, Cotter (a 2008 graduate of Loyola College of Maryland) and Hillen, III (a 2008 graduate of Johns Hopkins University).