Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

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Articles

Liability in the Air

Liability in the Air, BUILDERnews, November 2010 – In this article, Judah Lifschitz is quoted on the topic of mold in green buildings.  He cautions about making grandiose claims about green buildings improving the health of residents.  In addition, Mr. Lifschitz predicts that more lawsuits will be brought as green buildings are found not to perform as promised.  He offers some simple and straightforward advice for owners, builders and design professionals.

Loose E-mails Sink Litigation

Loose E-Mails Sink Litigation, Corporate Counsel, October 2010 - In this article Judah Lifschitz and James McMichael explain how lawsuits and government investigations can turn into trouble fast and with little warning, especially when "E-Trouble" happens.  E-Trouble is defined as e-mails sent by a company's employees that are produced in discovery or pursuant to a subpoena and then used against that company.  The authors provide s

Green building: the risks of "almost rated"

Green building: the risks of "almost rated," BUILDERnews, August 2010 - In this article, Judah Lifschitz cautions builders on the risks associated with green construction.  Mr. Lifschitz provides an overview of a recent lawsuit in New York where the owners of an eco-friendly condominium sued the building's developer, among others, seeking $1.5 million for alleged underperformance of green building systems.  Mr.

Legal Medical Newsletter (Washington, DC Metropolitan Area - Second Quarter 2010)

Legal Medical Newsletter (Washington, DC Metropolitan Area - Second Quarter 2010) - Is it important to form an entity for my medical practice?  Do I need a partnership or similar agreement?  Find the answers to these important questions and much more in the firm's first in a series of newsletters providing useful legal tips and information to the medical community. 

ENR - Digital Files May Kill Credibility

Digital Files May Kill Credibility, Engineering News-Record, May 19, 2010 - Authored by James McMichael and Alexis Lockshin, this column provides practical and must-know advice for businesses to avoid the legal pitfalls and dangers associated with e-mail, e-documents, and e-data, and offers key steps to prevent the creation of damaging documents.

Construction Risk.com Report - $26.9 Million in Liquidated Damages Not a Windfall to Power Plant Owner

$26.9 Million in Liquidated Damages Not a Windfall to Power Plant Owner, ConstructionRisk.com Report, Vol. 12, No. 3, March 2010 - The decision in New Athens is particularly significant regarding the enforceability of liquidated damages provisions.  Liquidated damages provisions are too frequently overlooked, but can - and will - be enforced, often without consideration of actual damages.

Managing Power - Power Owners in Strong Position to Collect Liquidated Damages

Power Owners in Strong Position to Collect Liquidated Damages, Managing Power, March 1, 2010 - Although law varies by jurisdiction, a recent case demonstrates arbitration panels' willingness to uphold liquidated damages clauses in power plant engineering, procurement, and construction contracts.

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?