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Marty Saturn – Executive Vice President, Meisel Capital Partners


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.

Business litigant sanctioned for failing to properly preserve and produce audio data

With audio data becoming more prevalent through the ever-increasing use of voicemail messaging, IP phones, and now Apple’s latest iOS 8 Messages application upgrades, which include a bevy of “time-saving features” for sending audio and video messages, a party’s conduct in preserving such data in the event of litigation has taken on heightened importance. 
In the wrongful termination case of Novick v. AXA Network (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 22, 2014), the parties argued over the production of audio recordings and emails for several years.

EPC contracts: Providing critical protection for contractors

This article originally appeared in

On Site With Shapiro Lifschitz & Schram

As principal and co-president of Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram PC, Judah Lifschitz has seen countless contractors fall victim to nonpayment and the toll these

Three Things Power & Energy Companies Should Know about EPC Contracts

Any business that has performed a major construction project knows just how time-intensive it can be. There are hundreds of choices to be made throughout the process, from deciding what materials to use and which vendors to contract with to technical decisions involving construction and engineering specifications. For many, the project would be best served by establishing a framework that shifts the design, engineering, and construction responsibilities—and liability—onto a single, qualified entity.

3 Reasons Why D.C. Commercial Real Estate Property Prices Are on the Rise

Last month, the Wall Street Journal published an article about the commercial real estate market in Washington, D.C., “Commercial-Property Prices in D.C. Go Their Own Way: Up,” that provides some insights into what would look like a counterintuitive trend to anyone outside the commercial real estate industry.

Judah Lifschitz and Daniel A. Kapner publish article in The Voice Magazine – CURT

Judah Lifschitz and Daniel A. Kapner recently published an article entitled, “Fired Up and Ready to Go,” in the Fall 2014 issue of The Voice, the official magazine of The Construction Users Roundtable (“CURT”).  The article discusses a contractual strategy that would allow a power plant owner to begin generating power prior to Substantial Completion as defined in an engineering, procurement, and construction (“EPC”) contract.

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?