Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

"There is no one I’d rather have leading the fight when our financial future depends on winning."

Alan W. Slepian, Esq. – Formerly Assistant General Counsel of PG&E National Energy Group


Last week, Amtrak announced a $7 billion plan to expand and improve rail service at Union Station that will occur in phases over the next two decades.  While Amtrak must still raise the money to pay for its ambitious plans, it hopes to start the first phase of the project sometime next year.  DC and Federal Officials praised Amtrak for its vision to transform an aging Union Station into a state-of-the-art transportation facility that would triple the number of passengers using Union Station and spur further economic development in the already revitalized vicinity of the station.

Along with Amtrak’s plans for Union Station, DC-based developer Akridge announced its plans to develop a 3-million square-foot mixed-use project called Burnham Place on top of and around Union Station.  Akridge’s plans call for numerous buildings and a reconnected street grid linking Capitol Hill to the H Street and NoMa neighborhoods.  Akridge had executed a 2006 Air Rights Agreement with Amtrak giving it the right to build above the tracks behind Union Station. 

Amtrak, Akridge, and Union Station Redevelopment Corp., which manages Union Station, commissioned an economic analysis of the projects.  That analysis found that the projects would (a) generate tax revenues of about $1 billion for DC over the next 15 years, (b) increase spending by Amtrak passengers at Union Station to $1.8 billion through 2029 (increase of more than 200%), and (c) require $14.3 billion of construction.

Those announcements provide developers and contractors with new and exciting work opportunities in DC and further solidify the commercial and residential allure of the H Street and NoMa corridors.

The projects have attracted wide-spread media coverage, by, among others, The Washington Post and Washington Business Journal.

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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?