Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

“The opposing counsel always seems to feel at a disadvantage when my SLS team comes to the table – they definitely command respect.”

Mike Hubert – President, Glen Construction Company

Solid Agreements Can Ease Complex Historic Site Sales

Our client was a large DC based non-profit looking for a building containing approximately 75,000 square feet to become its national headquarters. The client was not interested in a cookie cutter downtown office building but was instead interested in an iconic building that would serve as its headquarters for decades to come. Our client purchased the National Trust for Historic Preservation building, which is one of the most historically significant buildings located in Washington, DC. The negotiation of the purchase and sale agreement took many months and required a very delicate negotiating strategy given the tens of millions of dollars our client would invest in the renovation of the property (in addition to the almost $40,000,000 it paid for the property) and the seller’s requirement that certain binding obligations on the purchaser be implemented at closing designed to preserve the unique historic features of the building in perpetuity. These obligations were reflected in a very complicated preservation easement that was executed at closing and addressed each party’s concerns. As a result of careful and thoughtful negotiations that required a delicate balancing act in order to satisfy the needs of the parties and the historic preservation community in general, our client got the historic building it desired.

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?