Note: The following Q&A has been edited for length and clarity
Ballard Spahr on July 1 named Kimberly Reed its new Denver office managing partner. She joined the firm in January 2018, and her practice has focused on public finance with an emphasis on special district and urban renewal financing.
Law Week Colorado spoke to Reed about her goals for the firm, her new duties and the importance of community engagement.
LAW WEEK: What are your goals as managing partner of the Denver office?
REED: I would say that I think one of the primary roles of a managing partner of an office is to determine the needs of the attorneys to further their own practice and figure out how to support those needs. So before I can determine goals related to that, I’ll be spending some time with the attorneys in the office to determine where their support needs lie and how I can help with that.
Having said that, one of the things that I would like to see the office do is contribute more time toward community engagement.
I think there’s a lot to be gained by this office by engaging more deeply and consistently with the community, in professional organizations as well as charitable organizations and civic organizations. I think that could be personally fulfilling to individuals and also probably helpful in terms of furthering their practices.
LAW WEEK: What trends have you seen in municipal financing through your work in Colorado?
REED: My work in Denver is very development-focused. The development market is hot, and that’s pushing that side of the finance market to move quickly to take advantage of low interest rates and to do deals sooner in the development stage than we may have seen in prior years.