Mellits replaces Sklaroff as Ballard's real estate chief

Real estate lawyer Bart I. Mellits will succeed the man who hired him, Michael Sklaroff, as head of the 110-person, 11-city real estate department at well-connected Philadelphia-based law firm Ballard Spahr LLP, firm chairman Mark Stewart said in a note today.

Mellits was already the vice chair of the department and a veteran office, industrial, hotel and shopping center transaction rep.

Sklaroff, a familiar figure at city Planning Commission hearings on groundbreaking and controversial projects, led teams that negotiated such developments as the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, Mellon Bank Center, the Philadelphia Regional Produce Center, Residences at the Ritz, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer (Collegeville), the Mormon temple, the city Greyhound terminal, Dave & Buster's Pier 19, the Franklin Institute expansion and the Pennsylvania Convention Center garage, among other projects. He'll remain active in Ballard's real estate group, the firm says.