Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

“They are as good, if not better, than any other firm I’ve hired.”

Marty Saturn – Executive Vice President, Meisel Capital Partners

Cutting Edge TOPA Litigation Victory

SLS represented a commercial developer who entered into a letter of intent that we negotiated with a tenants association, under which the tenants association agreed to in good faith negotiate and enter into a definitive agreement to assign to our client the tenants association’s rights, under the District of Columbia Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (“TOPA”), to purchase a large apartment complex that was offered for sale by the owner.  After the tenants association subsequently voted not to enter into the assignment agreement that we negotiated, we filed suit on behalf of our client against the tenants association, alleging that the tenants association breached its contractual obligation under the letter of intent to in good faith negotiate and enter into the assignment agreement, and seeking specific performance of that obligation, as well as a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction enjoining the tenants association from assigning its TOPA rights to purchase the apartment complex to any other party.  The Court, after hearing oral argument, granted our motion for temporary restraining order and, after an evidentiary hearing lasting several days, granted our motion for preliminary injunction, which then led to a favorable settlement for our client.

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?