Janis Boyarsky Schiff

Janis Boyarsky Schiff

Holland & Knight LLP

Recognized since 2008

Washington, District of Columbia

Practice Areas

Real Estate Law

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Janis B. 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, and 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.

Within Holland & Knight, Ms. Schiff serves as the firm's client service and development partner. In this role, she works 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 2001, 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.


  • 800 Seventeenth Street N.W., Suite 1100
    Washington, DC 20006


  • Brandeis University, BA

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, Maryland State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia, The District of Columbia Bar


  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) - Member
  • District of Columbia Building Industry Association - Member
  • Easter Seals Greater Washington-Baltimore Region - Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Georgetown University Law School Advanced Commercial Leasing Institute - Board Member
  • Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation - Holocaust Remembrance Project
  • International Council of Shopping Centers - Member
  • Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, Board of Directors - Member
  • Urban Land Institute - Full Member
  • Washington, DC Economic Partnership - Board Member
  • Women in Retail Real Estate (WIRRE) - Member

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Real Estate Law

Special Focus

  • Shopping Center Transactions


  • Transnational Law Journal, Editor
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, Commercial Real Estate Women, District of Columbia Chapter, 2004
  • Top Washington Lawyer Finalist, Washington Business Journal, Real Estate, 2005
  • Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers magazine, May 2009
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers magazine, 2008-2013
  • Woman of Achievement Award, Chicago Alliance of Women, 2009
  • The Legal 500 USA, Real Estate & Construction: Land Use/Zoning; Real Estate & Construction: Real Estate, 2011, 2012
  • Woman on Top, Washington Women’s Weekly, 2011
  • Best Lawyer, Washingtonian Magazine, Real Estate and Zoning/Land Use, 2009, 2011, 2013
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Real Estate, 2008-2013
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Real Estate, 2008-2013
  • Women Who Mean Business award, Washington Business Journal, 2013
  • Washington D.C. Commercial Real Estate Power Women award, Bisnow, Real Estate, 2014

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