Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

“This firm clearly puts the client’s interest ahead of personal gain.”

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

“Tips to Help Women Optimize Their Potential in the Male-dominated Construction Industry,” Construction Executive

In an article published on July 5 in Construction Executive, B.A. Spignardo provides tips to help women in the construction industry optimize their potential. “As development surges, women in the construction industry face, and should embrace, opportunities to advance their careers and work on impactful projects,” she explains. “While the ‘maleness’ of the industry can present challenges for women, certain tools are available to assist in the success of women in the construction industry.”

Networking is a key to success in the construction industry. To unlock leadership potential, it’s important to build connections. “A network exists everywhere, not just at planned business events. Networking can be done in a neighborhood, with an alumni group, at church, through sports teams and more. Seeing networking opportunities everywhere will open doors to additional opportunities,” Spignardo states.

Following networking success, another integral step in advancing a career is finding someone with industry experience who can provide guidance and help flesh out ideas. “Seek out mentors,” she encourages. “While women in the construction industry do not necessarily need female mentors, having a mentor in general is key.” Lastly, Spignardo stresses the importance of work-life balance as an additional key to success. “Each category demands or deserves 100 percent, which is actually an attainable goal in the work-life balancing act. Give 100 percent of yourself in that moment, in the office, to your career. Give 100 percent at home with family. Give 100 percent to being a spouse, neighbor and friend.”

For the full article, click here.

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?