Erica Leatham Named to Washington Business Journal’s 40 Under 40

Erica Leatham, of counsel, Ballard Spahr LLP

After starting out in a large law firm, Leatham left to found Meyers, Eisler & Leatham, where she established a successful land use practice before joining Ballard Spahr in its Bethesda office.

  • Age: 35
  • Family: Lives in Rockville with spouse Greg, two children and a dog
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree, art history and international affairs, Florida State University; J.D., The George Washington University School of Law

What’s your trick to navigating the “good old boys network that still pervades the real estate community,” as described by your nominator, Roger Winston? I work harder to show clients and consultants that I am as connected, as knowledgeable and as capable as anyone else, but, ultimately, it comes down to your relationships with the individuals.

Why did you decide to leave the national law firm to create your own firm? I wanted to take charge of my career and be responsible for my own successes and failures. It was very difficult to leave that firm and return to a large law firm, but I have the same opportunities here and a much bigger platform on which to showcase my skills.

How do you make sure you have time left for life outside work? It is a constant struggle. I make a point to have dinner with my family at least five times a week and I never work on Saturday mornings.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be an astronaut. Riding in the Space Shuttle was the coolest thing I could imagine.
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2010 CREW Network 20 Under 40 Winners

Erica Leatham was named one of the 2010 CREW Network 20 Under 40 Winners.  The complete list is included below.

Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network today announced the winners of its second annual 20 Under 40 program, highlighting emerging women leaders in the field of commercial real estate. The announcement was made at the 2010 CREW Network Convention and Marketplace in San Francisco.

Launched in association with the 20th anniversary of CREW Network in 2009, the program recognizes the contributions to the field and professional accomplishments of women under the age of 40.

“These women are the future of our field and we are proud to recognize them as such,” said Gail Ayers, CEO of CREW Network. “We believe we have identified young leaders, who will continue to shape the world of commercial real estate and make it increasingly more diverse.”

The 2010 Top 20 Under 40 Women in commercial real estate:

  • Karyl Argamasilla, Attorney, Bilzin Sumberg, Miami, FL, CREW Miami
  • Lindsey K. Ballas, CEcD, Business Development Chief, Jacksonville Economic Development Commission, Jacksonville, FL, CREW Jacksonville
    • Allyson Bowen, Managing Director, Studley, New York, NY, NYCREW Network
  • Meghan Cocci, Partner, SNR Denton LLP, Phoenix, AZ (Non-Member)
  • Tonya Creekmore, Vice President, Anchor Leasing, General Growth Properties, Atlanta, GA, CREW Atlanta
  • Stacie Beasley Jacobs, Vice President & Director of Business Development, The Title Company of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC, CREW Charlotte
  • Leigh Kellett Fletcher, Shareholder, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A,, Tampa, FL, CREW Tampa Bay
  • Cydney M. Gurgens, Senior Vice President and Office Manager, Wells Fargo Bank N.A., Overland Park, KS, Kansas City CREW
  • Catherine E. House, CCIM, FRICS, Director, Investment Brokerage, Sperry Van Ness MCRE Inc , San Francisco, CA, CREW San Francisco
  • Kristina Daniel Lawson, Attorney/Shareholder, Miller Star Regalia, Walnut Creek, CA, East Bay CREW
  • Erica A. Leatham, LEED AP, of Counsel, Ballard Spahr, Bethesda, MD, CREW Maryland Suburban
  • Kimberly Phipps-Nichol, LEED AP, President and Designer, Blue Water Studio, Reno, NV, CREW Northern Nevada
  • Jennifer E. Raymond, Vice President – Brokerage Services, Indermuehle & Co., Sugar Land, TX, CREW Houston
  • Keri Lynn Redford, Senior Analyst, Integra Realty Resources DFW, LLP, Fort Worth, TX, Fort Worth CREW
  • Erika Lea Rymsha, Project Manager, Pusey Electric, Media, PA, CREW Philadelphia
  • Amy Reilly Sallusti, Attorney/Shareholder, Geary Porter & Donovan, P.C., Dallas, TX, CREW Dallas
  • Julia Anne Taylor, Attorney, SNR Denton LLP, Kansas City, MO, Kansas City, CREW
  • Barbara A. Trachtenberg, Partner, DLA Piper, LLP, Boston, MA, NEWiRE Boston
  • Elysia Tse, Vice President, BlackRock, Inc, Jersey City, NJ (Non-Member)
  • Fon S. Wang, AIA, LEED AP, President, UCI Architects Inc., Philadelphia, PA, CREW Philadelphia

The Great Seneca Science Corridor Bus Tour

Write up of the See the Great Seneca Science Corridor Bus Tour that took place September 24, 2010 (pdfwebsite)

Maryland Trifecta

Real Estate Bisnow highlights a recent CREW Maryland Suburban’s September Program – MARYLAND TRIFECTA (pdfwebsite)

Breakfast & Schmooze in Rockville

Real Estate Bisnow highlights Robin Menge at the Breakfast & Schmooze in Rockville(website)

Legends Lunch with Chip Akridge

Real Estate Bisnow spotlight on the Maryland Suburban CREW’s Legends Lunch with Chip Akridge(website)

Commercial Real Estate Champions

Commercial Real Estate Champions in the Gazette Profiles Dee Carl Metz on page 6 (pdf)

Maryland CREW Johns Hopkins University School of Business scholarship

Sarah Cohen is the first recipient of the Maryland CREW Johns Hopkins University School of Business scholarship (pdf)

CREW Members Named to Executive Committee

CREW Members Named to Executive Committee (pdf)

Erica Leatham is named one of the “Two to Watch”

Erica Leatham is named one of the “Two to Watch” (website)