Susan J. Borschel

Susan J. Borschel

Of Counsel

Northern Virginia, (703) 760-7749


University of California, Davis (B.A., 1981)
California State University, Fullerton (M.B.A., 1984)
Cornell University (M.P.A., 1992)
George Mason University School of Law (J.D., 1997)

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Susan J. Borschel is of counsel in the firm’s Northern Virginia office who works on both commercial real estate and government contracts transactions. She has more than 20 years of legal, operations, and comptroller experience in both private and military matrix organizations. Ms. Borschel comes to Morrison & Foerster from a major defense contractor, where she served a variety of intelligence, Department of Defense, and other government agency customers as a member of executive teams for two different lines of business.

Prior to her work for a major defense contractor, Ms. Borschel was a commercial real estate attorney supporting clients worldwide. Ms. Borschel has 19 years’ experience working on billions of dollars in large real estate and infrastructure portfolio and financing transactions involving the management of numerous outside counsel and internal resources. Ms. Borschel worked for six months as General Counsel and Asset Manager for a local developer client while the client looked for individuals to fill those two positions. Because of her proven business acumen and ability to minimize risks and take a proactive long-term view of business goals and objectives, Ms. Borschel is by-name requested to work on a large number of renewable energy and portfolio acquisition projects, including the purchase of a 298MW wind project, the sale of interests in two solar projects, the purchase of fixed based operations (including the leases) at airports in nearly every state, the purchase-lease back of dozens of auto dealerships by a real estate investment trust, the purchase of several toll roads and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, and the sale of a multi-billion-dollar office portfolio (one of the largest sales in the D.C.-Northern Virginia-Maryland metro area). Ms. Borschel has extensive experience negotiating complex, high value contracts, including for an aerospace manufacturer on a classified billion dollar subcontract, a high-voltage and electromagnetic component manufacturer in all commercial and government contract negotiations, an IT company in the negotiation of multiple classified R&D and manufacturing government contracts, and a data center provider in all real property, technology, colocation, and fiber matters.

Ms. Borschel served in the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel with nearly 30 years of active and reserve duty in the fields of finance and military intelligence. Ms. Borschel served four of her twelve active duty years in France and Germany, and held a variety of senior intelligence and finance positions, including Chief Staff Officer for the National Military Joint Intelligence Center, Senior Military Analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency, and Deputy Defense Accounting Officer for Fort Belvoir.

She holds active security clearances. Ms. Borschel is an active member of the American Bar Association.

Representative Matters:

Real Estate / Renewable Energy / M&A

  • Supported national power providers in the acquisition and financing of several billion dollars in gas-fired, solar, and wind farm power plants.
  • Supported Japanese multinational telecommunications and Internet corporation in multi-billion dollars in acquisitions and divestitures.
  • Supported global investment banking and diversified financial services group in multiple purchases of fixed based operations (including the leases) at 58 airports for over $700 million, as well as acquisitions of toll roads, bridges, tunnel, and media group.
  • Supported the privatization and redevelopment of military housing at several major military installations.
  • Supported multinational industrial company in the divestiture of portions of its business in the United States.
  • Supported numerous landlords and tenants in leasing activity including both speculative and build-to-suit multi-use properties.
  • Supported Axalta in its acquisition of Valspar's North American industrial wood coatings business for $420 million cash.
  • Supported Softbank Corp. in the real estate aspects of its $20.1 billion acquisition of a 70% stake in Sprint Nextel, representing the largest outbound investment from Asia ever.


  • First chair on negotiation and drafting of classified aerospace contract with contract value over a billion dollars.
  • Assisted multinational medical device company with development of a manufacturing strategy that would be compliant with U.S. Government patent and procurement requirements (including the Bayh Dole Act, Buy America Act, and Trade Agreements Act).
  • Assisted with development and implementation of compliance program, including drafting policies and procedures and training program, for several government contractors.
  • Counseled and provided government contracts support with focus on protection of intellectual property for nuclear waste clean-up company, and supported sale of the company for $350 million.
  • Counseled and provided software licensing and technology support to Fortune 500 firm clients.
  • Assisted with negotiation of number of large classified contracts.

Due Diligence and M&A

  • Supported acquisition by Salient Federal Solutions of ATS Corp.
  • Supported multinational industrial company in the divestiture of portions of its business in the United States.
  • Supported integration of several acquired companies into an existing business unit, focusing on accounting systems and procurement policies and procedures.
  • Supported Tokyo-based Toshiba Tec Corp. in its $850 million buyout of the retail division of International Business Machines Corp.

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