January 6, 2020


NEWARK, NJ, January 6, 2020 – Newark-based law firm Murphy Partners LLP is pleased to announce that Matthew J. Schiller and Charles J. Wilkes, both partners at the venerable law firm Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP, have joined the firm as name partners to form Murphy Schiller & Wilkes LLP (MSW).

In addition, MSW is pleased to announce that Susan C. Karp has joined the firm as Of Counsel to spearhead the firm’s environmental practice group.

With offices in Newark, New York City, and Trenton, MSW represents businesses, property owners, investors and lenders in complex real estate and commercial transactions, banking and financing matters, environmental concerns, and real estate-focused litigation. The firm’s attorneys also represent clients in connection with the procurement of planning, zoning, and other development approvals, and help clients identify, negotiate, and secure real estate and economic development incentives.

“We are incredibly excited to have Matt and Charlie join the firm as name partners,” said Kellen Murphy, Managing Partner at MSW. “Since starting the firm in 2017, Chris and I have always believed that our success would be based on finding like-minded contemporaries to complement our unique skill sets. Matt and Charlie are two of the most accomplished real estate attorneys in the state, and they share our vision of building a leading law firm in the commercial real estate legal space. With the addition of Matt and Charlie, along with Susan joining the firm to spearhead the environmental practice group, we have established a full-service commercial real estate and development law firm in the most economically important market in the country.”

Matthew J. Schiller will lead multiple practice groups at MSW, including the Commercial Leasing, Opportunity Zone, and Distressed Real Estate practice groups. Prior to joining the firm, Matt was Vice Chair of the Real Estate Department at Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP.

Charles J. Wilkes will lead the firm’s Banking and Commercial Finance, Corporate, and Real Estate Finance practice groups. Prior to joining the firm, Charlie was also a partner at Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP.

“I am so incredibly excited to have the opportunity to partner with Chris, Kellen and Charlie to form MSW. Through the combination of our collective experience and shared vision for the firm, I have no doubt that we will build MSW into a unique 21st century law firm that provides unparalleled service for our clients as well as an incredibly vibrant, collaborative work environment for our attorneys.  I would also be remiss if I did not thank my incredible colleagues at Greenbaum, who are great lawyers and even better people.” - Matthew J. Schiller

“Chris and Kellen exhibit three characteristics that are too rarely found together. They excel at their craft; they have excellent business instincts; and they are good people who have their colleagues’ and clients' best interests at heart. After a few initial meetings with Chris and Kellen, Matt and I both instinctively knew that the four of us could forge a great partnership that would deliver the best service and value to our clients. I will always be grateful to my good friends at the Greenbaum firm for their guidance, support and friendship, but I am thrilled to embark on this new journey at MSW with Chris, Kellen and Matt.” - Charles J. Wilkes

For press inquiries, please feel free to call Ivana V. Field at (973) 877-6984 or email ivana@murphyllp.com.

Murphy Schiller & Wilkes LLP (MSW) is a boutique law firm servicing the commercial real estate and construction industries. Headquartered in Newark, New Jersey, the firm services the commercial real estate and construction industries. Through the development of comprehensive legal strategies, our team works tirelessly to create a blueprint for success and advance our clients’ interests in every matter.