Christopher Bell (Chris) is a Partner and the Team Leader of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Government Sponsored Enterprise (GSE) Practice Group in the Finance Department at Ballard Spahr LLP. He advises and represents real estate lenders, borrowers, and developers on transactional and regulatory issues, with a concentration on financing transactions involving the GSEs. Prior to joining Ballard Spahr LLP, Mr. Bell practiced for more than 10 years at Fannie Mae, a GSE chartered by Congress to support the secondary mortgage market. As an Associate General Counsel of Housing and Community Development in the Multifamily Division, he served as Fannie Mae's lead attorney for affordable housing transactions. Chris also served as lead counsel for Fannie Mae's corporate charitable arm, the Office of Community Investment and Engagement. His real estate legal experience includes a variety of complex real estate finance transactions representing both borrowers and lenders, as well as zoning, commercial leasing and real estate development matters. Chris is a Dean’s Distinguished Graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where he received a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor. He also has a Master of Public Administration degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Chris resides in Washington D.C. with his wife and children and is active in community affairs.