Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

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Evans Barba – President and CEO, Barba Consulting


Claims, Litigation and E-Discovery Readiness

Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram's attorneys John T. Bergin and George D. Carry published an article entitled "Claims, Litigation, and E-Discovery Readiness for Firms of All Sizes" in the February 2013 Special Edition of Construction Executive.

Rainmaker Q&A: Shapiro Lifschitz's Judah Lifschitz

A second-generation lawyer, Judah (Judd) Lifschitz is co-president of Shapiro Lifschitz and Schram PC in Washington, D.C., a firm that he helped establish 22 years ago. He’s a veteran trial attorney, having tried cases to verdict in virtually every type of adjudicative forum. Lifschitz has extensive knowledge of construction-related matters with particular experience in power industry construction claims. His trial experience includes winning one of the largest liquidated damages awards in the history of the construction industry.

Defendants' "backseat approach" to E-Discovery Warrants Sanctions

In Peerless Industries, Inc. v. Crimson AV LLC, the court held that defendants' total reliance on its E-Discovery vendor's ESI collection processes was "insufficient" and granted plaintiff's sanctions motion. 

How Obamacare Will Affect Clean Air Act Litigation

Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram's Judah Lifschitz and Scott D. Burke analyzed how a Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare may impact Clean Air Act litigation and the energy industry in an article that recently published in Electric Light & Power, "How "Obamacare" Will Affect Clean Air Act Litigation."


The U.S. Second Court of Appeals in Chin v. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, 2012 U.S. App. (2d Cir. July 10, 2012) has recently held that the failure to institute a litigation hold will not establish per se gross negligence giving rise to sanctions for spoliation of evidence.


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.

Is Your Company Tweeting its Way into Trouble?

"Is Your Company Tweeting its Way into Trouble?", Corporate Counsel, December 2011 - In this article, Judah Lifschitz and Laura Fraher discuss how general counsel and corporate executives can safeguard their company's social media presence to avoid "e-trouble" in today's fast-moving world of online communication.  The authors provide four must-know tips that companies should follow as they engage in the world of social media as well as corporate examples of the real-l

Litigation Issues with LEED Ratings and Checklist Design, ENR Mountain States, September 2011

Litigation Issues with LEED Ratings and Checklist Design, ENR Mountain States, September 2011 - In this article, Robert Foster and co-author Sean O'Brien discuss the best practices for projects seeking LEED certification, and the unintended consequences of the LEED Rating System and "checklist"design.  The authors address why designers and design-build contractors need to be aware of the bigger picture of sustainable design, and offer examples of the

Legal Medical Newsletter (Washington, DC Metropolitan Area - First Quarter 2011)

Legal Medical Newsletter (Washington, DC Metropolitan Area - First Quarter 2011) - What are some of the issues that a medical practice should consider in entering into a new lease or extending an existing lease?  Find the answer to this important question and much more in the firm's second in a series of newsletters providing useful legal tips and information to the medical community.

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?