Bar & Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Education

Hastings College of Law, J.D., 1987

  • Comm/Ent: Hastings Journal of Communications and Entertainment Law, Executive Technical Editor

Bennington College, B.A., (Literature and Languages),1983

Montgomery County Bar Association

City Avenue Special Services District

  • Land Use Advisory Committee

International Council of Shopping Centers

The Mann Center

  • Corporate Partners Board

The Print Center

  • Honorary Council
  • Board of Governors (2001-2009)

National Ski Patrol

  • Alpine Patroller
  • Instructor of Outdoor Emergency Care

Pennsylvania Bureau of Emergency Medical Services

  • Certified Emergency Medical Responder

Bennington College

  • Trustee (1992-1996)

PhillyVIP

  • Director (1999-2004)
Profile
Professional Highlights
Pressroom
Publications

“When I’m in a courtroom and on my feet, I know why I became a lawyer.”

Suzanne Ilene (Shoshana) Schiller is a partner in the firm’s litigation group, handling a wide range of commercial disputes with particular experience in real estate development, leasing, environmental and land use matters.  She brings a focused eye to each client she represents and an aggressive approach to each case she handles, knowing that a client’s business needs are best achieved from a position of strength.   For twenty-five years, that formula has resulted in successful representations of Fortune 100 companies, leading shopping center owners, residential and commercial real estate developers, big box tenants, and municipalities.  Shoshana is AV® Preeminent® Peer Review Rated through Martindale-Hubbell® and a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, trying jury and non-jury cases in federal and state courts and appearing before administrative agencies, hearing boards and appellate courts throughout the country.  She is also a frequent speaker at legal and industry trade conferences, a regular author on real estate issues and currently the editor of MGKF’s Litigation Blog.  Her academic writings have been cited in publications such as the Harvard Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the Emory Law Journal, and most recently by the United States Supreme Court in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 133 S. Ct. 1351, 1361, 185 L. Ed. 2d 392 (2013).

When not attending to her law practice, Shoshana can generally be found with her teenage daughter in one of two places:  on the ski slopes or in another country.  Shoshana is a member of the National Ski Patrol and an instructor of Outdoor Emergency Care, spending most weekends from December to March patrolling at Jack Frost Mountain in the Poconos.  As for travel, Shoshana has been to all seven continents and with over sixty countries explored, she’s always looking forward to the next adventure.  “My preference is for developing countries.  While I love going to museums and restaurants and shops, there’s nothing quite the same as stumbling upon something amazing – an outstanding Roman ruin or a crumbling Byzantine church – on the outskirts of a small town that no one has even heard of before.”  

Representative matters include:

  • Representing a Potentially Responsible Party at a New Jersey Superfund site in connection with compliance and performance of an Administrative Order on Consent, and pursuing cost recovery and contribution claims in excess of $30 million.
  • Challenging, on behalf of a leading provider of waste management services and waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities, regulatory rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Air Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
  • Representing a multi-property real estate developer in obtaining conditional use and related land use approvals for a transformative multi-building apartment complex along the Schuylkill River.
  • Defending an international manufacturer of industrial inks in litigation alleging real property damage following closure of a manufacturing facility.
  • Representing at trial a national grocery wholesaler and multiple national and regional grocery retailers in significant real estate, contract and tort litigation.
  • Pursuing an environmental cost recovery action on behalf of a significant regional convenience store company. 
  • Representing in administrative hearings a national gasoline retailer in proceedings to secure coverage from the Pennsylvania Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund. 
  • Defending a manufacturer of asbestos-containing building materials in property damage litigation brought by numerous major urban school districts.
  • Prosecuting lease enforcement claims for, among other defaults, breach of radius and use covenants, violation of operating and going dark provisions, and recovery of CAM charges on behalf of owners and managers of enclosed shopping malls, lifestyle centers and strip centers.   

Honors & Awards

Press Releases

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

“Sustainability Legal Issues & Risk Management Strategies for Existing Buildings,” presented at BOMA Philadelphia, May 1, 2012

“Greening Your Real Estate Deal,” presented at the Temple Real Estate Institute in Philadelphia, April and May 5, 2012

"The Top Ten Environmental Laws Developers and Retailers Need to Know About," presented for the University of Shopping Centers sponsored by the The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), March 6, 2012

“Medical Monitoring & Toxic Tort Claims: Preparing for the Future in a Post-Dukes Environment,” presented at the American Law Institute-American Bar Association (ALI-ABA) Teleseminar, December, 2011

"Keeping Secrets: Recent Developments in Attorney-Client Privilege and Expert Witness Disclosure Rules," sponsored by MGKF, January 26, 2011

“Discovery in Deep:  Corporate Preservation and Identification of Relevant Evidence,” presented at the HB Litigation Conferences’ Oil in the Gulf: Litigation & Insurance Coverage Conference, November, 2010

“Hot Topics in Environment Law:  Recent Developments in CERCLA: Interpreting Atlantic Research and Burlington Northern,” a Presidential CLE Program presented at the 2010 American Bar Association Annual Meeting, August, 2010

“Recent Developments in ADA Compliance and Enforcement,” presented at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 2004 Annual Real Estate Institute, December, 2004

“The Perils of Letters of Intent,” presented at the International Council of Shopping Centers’ 2003 U.S. Law Conference, October, 2003

“Recognizing and Enforcing Continuous Operating Covenants,” presented at the International Council of Shopping Centers’ 2002 U.S. Law Conference, October, 2002

“Advanced Seminar on Public Access Issues,” presented at the International Council of Shopping Centers’ 1999 U.S. Law Conference, October, 1999

“Advanced Seminar on Labor, Security and Public Access Issues,” presented at the International Council of Shopping Centers’ 1997 U.S. Law Conference, October, 1997

“Sublessees' Rights To Enforce Master Lease Provisions,” presented at the International Council of Shopping Centers’ 1996 U.S. Law Conference, October, 1996

“Update On Public Access Issues,” presented at the International Council of Shopping Centers’ 1995 U.S. Law Conference, October, 1995

“Drafting Public Access Rules,” presented at the International Council of Shopping Centers’ New Jersey Seminar on Public Access Rules, February, 1995

Media Coverage

Articles

"Don’t Lien On Me: Considerations for Commercial Landlords When Tenants Improve Property," Commercial Leasing Law & Strategy (20:12), 2008 - with Monica Mathews Reynolds

"Protecting Against the Possibility of Catastrophic Events," Commercial Leasing Law & Strategy (19:1), 2006 - with Monica Mathews

"Contending with Title III of the ADA: Tips for Property Owners and Managers," Commercial Leasing Law & Strategy (17:10), 2005

"Recent Developments in Accessibility to Movie Theaters," Commercial Leasing Law & Strategy (17:5), 2004

"From Macro to Micro: The ADA’s Revised Guidelines," The Legal Intelligencer, August 2004

"Protecting Your Leasehold: Keeping Competitors at Bay," Commercial Leasing Law & Strategy (16:2), 2003

"How States Differ Regarding Enforceability of Oral Agreements for Real Estate Commissions," Commercial Leasing Law & Strategy (15:6), 2002 - with Christopher G. Barnes

"Ensuring That Landlords Are Protected by Well-Drafted and Comprehensive Guarantees," Commercial Leasing Law & Strategy (14:8), 2002

"Recognizing and Enforcing Continuous Operating Covenants," Commercial Leasing Law & Strategy (13:9 & 13:10) Two-part article, (2001); [Reprinted in The Legal Intelligencer, March 2001 - Commercial Real Estate Special Supplement]

"Formulating a Discovery Plan: The Keystone of Every Case," The Legal Intelligencer, January 2001

"Determining Damages for Failure to Return Premises in Good Condition," Corporate Real Estate Executive (15:8), 2000

"Follow-Up: New Jersey Supreme Court Upholds Public Access to Shopping Centers," Shopping Center Legal Update (20:2), 2000

"State's High Court Gives Guidance on Regulation of Public Access to Shopping Centers," Commercial Leasing Law & Strategy (13:3), 2000

"New Jersey Supreme Court Upholds Public Access to Shopping Centers," SCWonline.com, [http://www.scwonline.com/news/0006/000628a.html], June 2000

"When a Shopping Center is a Public Forum," The Legal Intelligencer, April 2000 - Commercial Real Estate Quarterly Special Supplement

"How to Successfully Manage Access to Shopping Centers During Labor Disputes," Commercial Leasing Law & Strategy (12:9), 2000

"Managing Public Access: Don't Be Caught Off Guard," Corporate Real Estate Executive(15:2), 2000

"California Court Provides Guidance on Public Access Rules," Commercial Leasing Law & Strategy (10:5), 1997

"California Court of Appeal Upholds Constitutionality of Public Access Rules," Shopping Center Legal Update (17:2), 1997

"New Summary Judgment Standard May Reduce Nanty Glo to Embers," The Legal Intelligencer, August 1996 - Litigation Quarterly Special Supplement; with K. Byrnes

"Court Weighs Free Speech Against Private Property Rights," Commercial Leasing Law & Strategy (7:8), 1995

"PruneYard and Trespass Laws: A Look At Enforcing Access Rules Through Arrest and Criminal Prosecution," Shopping Center Legal Update (12:1), 1992

Law Review Notes:

"Black and White and Brilliant: Protecting Black and White Films From Color Recoding," Comm/Ent (9:3), 1987

"The Relationship Between Motion Picture Distribution and Exhibition: An Analysis of the Effects of Anti Blind Bidding Legislation," Comm/Ent (9:1), 1986 (cited Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 133 S. Ct. 1351, 1361, 185 L. Ed. 2d 392 (2013))