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Barbara Anne (B.A.) Spignardo

Barbara Anne (B.A.) Spignardo

Tel 202.689.1900, ext. 3037
Cell 703.851.4015
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Experience. Passion. Solutions.

Practice Areas:

  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Commercial Lending

Bar Admissions:

  • District of Columbia (2003)
  • Virginia (2002)


  • J.D., George Mason University School of Law, 2002
  • B.A., University of Richmond, 1999

Professional Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)
  • Women’s Hospitality Network (WHN)


Barbara Anne ("B.A.") Spignardo is a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Business groups. She focuses primarily on real estate transactions and finance, as well as business and commercial transactions and lending. Before joining Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram, she was an attorney with Locke Lord LLP in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

B.A. has focused on real estate law since beginning her practice in 2002. She has represented lenders, borrowers, developers, sellers and institutional investors in sophisticated, high-dollar commercial real estate transactions including hotel, multifamily, assisted living, office and retail properties. Her work includes origination and servicing of construction and development loans, debt and equity financings, acquisitions, and dispositions.

In addition, B.A. has worked on the review and negotiation of commercial leases and the analysis and negotiation of management and franchise agreements. She also is experienced at conducting corporate governance work, including drafting and reviewing corporate resolutions and officer certificates.


B.A. is passionate about her work in the real estate sector – taking raw land and creating something useful for people, especially structures that encourage travel and exploration. She notes that the core of real estate work is land and relationships. As a “people person,” B.A. particularly enjoys building relationships and working closely with her clients to bring a vision to fruition.

Early in her academic endeavors, B.A. found that she was most interested in discovering all of the facts, understanding various views in determining an outcome and working through to the best resolution. This, combined with her love of travel, led to her finding the perfect career in real estate law. 


Partnering with her clients to ensure the most favorable outcome in any transaction, B.A. is a savvy negotiator and staunch advocate. Examples that illustrate her work include:
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  • Assisted in representing multifamily developers in the origination of mortgage loans secured by apartment projects in Colorado and Texas.

  • Represented a shopping center owner in the refinancing of multiple mortgage loans secured by regional retail centers in Fairfax County, Virginia.

  • Represented a property owner and lender in sale and seller financing of a resort hotel in Arizona.
  • Originated a $35 million refinancing loan for an existing full-service hotel and golf course in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Originated a seven-figure interim loan for refinancing a brand-name hotel, including a New Market Tax Credit component and construction loans for the construction of two brand-name hotels, each transaction involving the same principals and lender, which closed in rapid succession.
  • Represented a lender in a construction loan for the construction of an office/warehouse space pre-leased by the GSA/State Department in Lorton, Virginia.
  • Involved with forbearance in connection with a $10 million letter of credit facility and $4 million equity facility cross-defaulted and cross-collateralized, including land parcels and assignments of proceeds from various purchase and sale agreements as additional security.
  • Represented special and master servicers in connection with assumptions, modifications, restructurings, workouts and enforcement actions of securitized and non-securitized mortgage loans.
  • Represented lenders in foreclosure and enforcement proceedings with respect to mezzanine and mortgage loans and equity pledges in various jurisdictions, including enforcing guarantees and realization upon real and personal property collateral.
  • Represented lenders and agents in a variety of modifications, restructurings, inter-creditor negotiations and workouts.

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?