BALTIMORE — One of Baltimore’s best known and well respected lawyers, Shale
Stiller, is returning to DLA Piper as a partner. Stiller rejoins DLA Piper after
serving for five years as the president, CEO and chairman of the Harry and
Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the
world with over $2 billion in assets.
Stiller has been a fixture in Baltimore’s legal and civic circles for
decades. He was recently named a co-chair of the transition team for incoming
mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake. He returns to DLA Piper as a partner in the
firm’s Mount Washington office, where he will focus on estate planning,
taxation, corporations, complex litigation and representing nonprofit
Stiller has practiced in many areas of law, and is equally accomplished in
and outside the courtroom. Known as a top trial lawyer, Stiller recently won a
$600 million verdict against the government of Iran for its involvement in the
terrorist bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia.
In his five years at the Weinberg Foundation, Stiller made major changes to
the organization’s professional structure and grant review process, and opened
up the foundation as an engaged and visible member of the Baltimore nonprofit
and business community.
Stiller has been an adjunct professor for a record 47 consecutive years (and
counting) at the University of Maryland School of Law, where he has taught
federal estate and gift taxation, constitutional law, federal jurisdiction and
the law of nonprofit organizations. He is an active member of the Boards of
Trustees of Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine for more than 25
years, and is the current chairman of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Compensation
Committee for the eighth consecutive year.
Stiller is also a board member of the East Baltimore Development Inc., a
nonprofit partnership of private and public entities that is undertaking the
single largest redevelopment project in Baltimore, transforming 88 acres with
$1.8 billion in new investments. He serves as a board member of six private
foundations in addition to the Weinberg Foundation. Stiller has also served as
national vice president of the American Jewish Committee for many years.
Stiller has a long track record of prominent legal work and advocacy in
Maryland. Together with the late Roger D. Redden, a prominent Maryland lawyer,
he co-authored a seminal article leading to the complete revision of the entire
statutory law of Maryland and was the principal draftsman of the statutory laws
on estates and trusts. He was also appointed lead lawyer by Gov. Hughes in
pursuing the individuals involved in the Old Court Savings and Loan scandal in
the 1980s. Stiller is the only Maryland lawyer ever elected as a fellow in both
the American College of Tax Counsel and the American College of Trust and Estate
Stiller received an LL.B. from Yale University and an M.L.A. from Johns
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