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Blog Archive - February 2012

February 29, 2012

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a rebuke to the US Attorneys Office regarding the use of disrespectful or uncivil language in appellate briefs. In U.S. v. Venable, No. 11-4216 n.4 (4th Cir. February 15, 2012), the court stated:

"[W]e feel compelled to note that advocates, including government...

February 23, 2012

In December 2011, Mayor Gray signed a bill amending the First Source Law so that construction projects receiving government funds of $5 million or more must have DC residents work certain percentages of hours on the project.  The prior law required only that 51% of new hires be DC residents and remains in effect for projects receiving government funds between $300,000 and $4.9 million....

February 9, 2012

Tonight (Thursday Feb. 9) at 6:30pm, the DC Zoning Commission will hold a Special Public Meeting...

February 8, 2012


Creative Solutions for Vacant Mall Space: From Dog Runs to Medical Clinics, Casinos and More... The New Trend of Viewing Malls as “Space” Rather than Simply “Retail”...

February 1, 2012

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals (DC’s highest court) recently held that piercing the corporate veil, i.e., disregarding the corporate entity (“PCV”) to collect on an arbitration award is outside the scope of an arbitration clause.  In a Jan. 5, 2012 opinion, the Court of Appeals refused to compel arbitration of a PCV claim initiated...

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?