Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

“When we were looking for a firm, it was the personal relationships they create that gave them the deciding edge.”

Reid Liffmann – Partner, Greenebaum & Rose


Peace 2.0: Preserving the harmony between owners sharing a party wall

The following article segment by Barbara Anne “B.A.” Spignardo originally appeared in the September/October issue of Commercial Investment Real Estate magazine. To read the entire article in the digital edition of the magazine, click here.

Party walls are often seen and taken for granted. Picture row houses and commercial structures sharing walls. Which owner or owners can claim those walls? Although party walls may be quite common, Party Wall Agreements are unusual.

Barry Fleishman Addresses Hurricane Harvey Insurance Issues in Law360 Article

Barry Fleishman, head of Shapiro Lifschitz & Schram’s Insurance Coverage Litigation practice, was recently quoted in a Law360 article discussing insurance issues likely to arise between policyholders and insurance companies as a result of the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey.
The article specifically looked at five questions that may lead to clashes between policyholders and insurers in the hurricane's aftermath. Barry addressed the question of “How precise do claims have to be?”

Full steam ahead: Why transit hub development is seeing a resurgence

The following article segment originally appeared in Construction Dive on February 23, 2017. To read the full article click here.

Three Onerous Contract Provisions to Avoid

Judah Lifschitz and Daniel A. Kapner recently published an article entitled, “Three Onerous Contract Provisions to Avoid,” in the October 2016 issue of Construction Executive magazine.

Key Considerations When Choosing Arbitration, Litigation or Mediation in Construction Contracts

By Daniel Kapner

This article originally appeared in Construction Executive Risk Management, Monday January 11, 2016

A critical decision for executives negotiating and drafting construction contracts is which dispute resolution mechanism is most appropriate for the project.

New Amendments to Federal E-Discovery Rules May Reduce Litigation Costs

On December 1, 2015, the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (the “FRCP”) recently adopted by the U.S. Supreme Court became law, and were made applicable to every case pending in any U.S. federal district court.

Ten Best Practices for Negotiating EPC Contracts

By Judah Lifschitz and Daniel A. Kapner

EPC Contract Negotiating Tips

If you missed the EUCI continuing education course “EPC Contracts for Power and Energy Projects,” taught by Judah Lifschitz, then you missed out on a comprehensive presentation on EPC contracts.  EPC contracts are agreements for the engineering, procurement, and construction of a project. They are the industry standard for power, energy, and industrial projects such as power plants.

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?