Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

“Every time I work with them, they always give me the right advice – even though it’s not always profitable for the firm.”

Bruce Hoffman – Vice President, Gilbane Building Company and former Executive Director, Maryland Stadium Authority

About Us

Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram, P.C. is a Washington, DC-based law firm with a unique flair. We apply our experience, infuse our passion, and deliver solutions for our clients in the areas of business, construction, real estate and commercial litigation. Years of practice in big firms have shaped our depth of knowledge in precise areas of law, but we've chosen a boutique environment for a reason: we like our clients and our clients like us, and we've learned that working the way they need us to translates into success for them and us. It is a realization gained from true experience.

We gain strong satisfaction from what we do, and our passion for our practice frees us to fully commit ourselves to our client's objective. One example is our national construction practice. We are serious about construction law, but it is our enthusiasm for it, combined with our extensive experience in private sector and government contracting, dispute resolution and trial work, and international construction transactions and disputes, that elevates us to one of the top law firms in the field.

Solutions drive us. We understand that the practice of law is an art form, so we generate customized methods that lead to winning results. Our accomplished attorneys have a proven track record of success representing clients in sophisticated deals and big-ticket, complex litigation at both the trial and appellate levels, capable of employing whatever innovations are appropriate to achieve the desired result. With state-of-the-art document management and electronic discovery techniques, sophisticated graphics capabilities, and our best resource – smart lawyers and staff – we push the envelope to create client-centered solutions, close deals and win cases.

At Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram, we are that rare breed of attorney, the type that are creative in deals and actually try cases, prefer personable relationships with clients, and know the law well enough to have fun practicing it. Whether we're serving as outside counsel to negotiate a sophisticated business contract, trying a complex case in court, or working with a client to develop a real estate project, we work harder, longer and smarter to make our clients winners. It's a big idea from a small firm, and it infuses our every encounter:

Experience. Passion. Solutions.

Did You Know . . .

Members of the SLS trial group have tried in excess of 50 jury trials and 75 bench trials?

The SLS construction group has worked on sports stadiums across the country including Orioles Park in Baltimore and Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati?

The SLS construction group has worked on power plant projects across the country?

In 2007 SLS was selected for an Honorable Mention as one of the Best Places To Work in Washington DC?

Ron Shapiro, Steve Schram and Judd Lifschitz have all been selected as SuperLawyers by Law and Politics?

The SLS office building is an historic townhouse constructed in the late 1800s?

SLS has been selected by Martindale-Hubbell as a Preeminent Law Firm?

SLS trial lawyers have argued appeals in the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal for the 4th, 5th, 9th, D.C. and Federal Circuit?

SLS trial lawyers have been lead trial counsel in cases in Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia, - to name just a few?

Virtually all the cases that SLS trial lawyers mediated have been favorably settled at mediation?

The transactional group at SLS was lead counsel on one of the largest, most complex mixed-use projects in downtown Washington, DC involving 4 lenders and 6 property owners?

In appreciation for the outstanding efforts of each of its employees during 2007, SLS gave everyone (attorneys, paralegals, and staff) a 4 day/3 night expense paid trip to Key West, Florida?

The transactional group at SLS has represented tenants in more than 200 retail leases in the Mid-Atlantic region?

Every attorney in the transactional group at SLS has at least 15 years experience?

The transactional group at SLS has represented developers in the purchase, construction, financing and/or sale of more than 75 multi-family apartment projects?

The transactional group at SLS has represented real estate investors and developers with respect to property in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Michigan and the U.S. Virginia Islands?

Attorneys in the transactional group at SLS have represented eight national banks in commercial real estate loans?

Attorneys in the transactional group at SLS have represented the FDIC, the Resolution Trust Corporation and several banking institutions in loan workout transactions throughout the Mid-Atlantic region?

The transactional group at SLS has represented homebuilders and commercial real estate developers in work-outs of individual loans and also for work-outs of large portfolios involving dozens of properties in several states?

The trial lawyers of SLS have numerous reported decisions to their credit?