Janis B. Schiff is a partner in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office and co-chair of the firm's National Retail Development and Leasing Team. Ms. Schiff has extensive experience representing property owners, asset managers and investors in connection with the development, redevelopment, sale, acquisition and leasing of retail, residential, condominium, office, mixed-use and hotel properties and venues. She represents clients in all facets of commercial real estate, including foreign investment in the United States, public-private partnerships, government leasing, financial workouts and restructurings, acquisition and sales contracts for improved and unimproved properties, and borrower and lender representation.

Ms. Schiff previously served as the firm's client service and development partner. In this role, she worked with members of the firm's senior management and clients to develop and implement client initiatives on a firmwide basis. Ms. Schiff coordinates the firm's Rising Stars mentoring and leadership program, which she founded in 2003, and is the immediate past chair of the firm's National Real Estate Section. She has also served as the firm's national marketing partner.

Ms. Schiff has also served as an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins University Berman Real Estate Institute, and is a frequent author and lecturer on leasing and general real estate transactional topics.


  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D.
  • Brandeis University, B.A., cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Jewish Federation’s National Jewish Endowment Fund, Trustee
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Success in Law School Program, Mentor, 2013-2016
  • Greater Washington Board of Trade, Board of Directors, 2012-2014
  • International Council of Shopping Centers, former State Director, Government Affairs Chair and State Operations Chair
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Suburban Maryland Chapter, Past President; District of Columbia Chapter
  • Women in Retail Real Estate (WIRRE)
  • Urban Land Institute, Full Member, Washington, D.C., District Council
  • Georgetown University Law School Advanced Commercial Leasing Institute, Board Member
  • Easter Seals Greater Washington-Baltimore Region, Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Washington, DC Economic Partnership, Board Member
  • Washington Business Hall of Fame, Campaign Committee, 2010-2012
  • Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation, Holocaust Remembrance Project
  • District of Columbia Building Industry Association
  • Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, Board of Directors
Honors & Awards
  • Corporate Leadership Award, Commercial Real Estate Women, District of Columbia Chapter, 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Real Estate Law, 2008-2020
  • Best Mentor: Law Firm finalist, The American Lawyer Industry Awards, 2018
  • Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers magazine, 2008-2016
  • Heroines of Washington finalist, March of Dimes, 2014  
  • Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law, Legal Media Group's Expert Guides, Real Estate, 2014, 2015
  • Washington D.C. Commercial Real Estate Power Women award, Bisnow, Real Estate, 2014
  • Best in Real Estate, Euromoney's Legal Media Group Americas Women in Business Law, 2014
  • Women Who Mean Business award, Washington Business Journal, 2013
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Real Estate, 2008-2019
  • Best Lawyer, Washingtonian Magazine, Real Estate and Zoning/Land Use, 2009-2015; Real Estate, 2017, 2018 
  • Woman on Top, Washington Women’s Weekly, 2011
  • The Legal 500 USA, Real Estate & Construction: Land Use/Zoning; Real Estate & Construction: Real Estate, 2011, 2012, 2019
  • Woman of Achievement Award, Chicago Alliance of Women, 2009
  • Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers magazine, May 2009
  • Top Washington Lawyer Finalist, Washington Business Journal, Real Estate, 2005
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, Commercial Real Estate Women, District of Columbia Chapter, 2004
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Transnational Law Journal, Editor


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