City of Philadelphia

Office of the City Solicitor


Suzanne Reilly

Chief Deputy City Solicitor

Labor and Employment Unit

Suzanne Reilly began employment with the City's Law Department in November 1996.  Currently Chief Deputy City Solicitor, Labor and Employment Unit, she was previously a Senior Attorney in the Civil Rights and Claims Units handling cases involving major jury trials.  She came to the law department after periods of employment in private practice, including medical malpractice, complex products liability, and toxic tort cases.  Other employment included a stint with the federal government at the Resolution Trust Corporation as a senior attorney representing the RTC in intervention, administration, sale, and termination of failed banking institutions.  From 1980 to 1987, Suzanne Reilly was a full-time faculty member (lecturer and clinical supervisor) at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, teaching courses in lawyering skills and professional responsibility to upper-level students.  She began her professional practice at Community Legal Services, where, as a staff attorney in the law reform unit, she litigated civil rights and class action lawsuits involving health and welfare issues. 


Suzanne Reilly has been certified as a federal administrative law judge.  At various times, she has served as a board member of Community Legal Services, participated as a member of teaching teams in the National Institute of Trial Advocacy's local programs, and developed and taught two-day seminars on asbestos litigation in cities around the U.S. for the Philadelphia Paralegal Institute.  While at Penn, she served as a judicial inquiry officer and drafted an undergraduate student code of conduct.


Suzanne Reilly was awarded a J.D. from Temple University in 1976, preceded by an A.B. magna cum laude from Temple in 1973.  She was a President's Scholar and elected to membership in the national honorary sociology society.


She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  She has been admitted pro haec vice in U.S. bankruptcy courts in New York, Florida and Ohio and the New Jersey Superior Court.



Chair, Litigation Group
Housing & Code Enforcement Unit
Civil Rights Unit
General Litigation