Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

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Evans Barba – President and CEO, Barba Consulting

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Christopher W. Mahoney quoted as expert source in Law360

Law360 recently interviewed Christopher W. Mahoney, Vice President and a member of the firm’s trial practice group, as an expert source for an article entitled “5 Tips for Small Firms Aiming To Land Big Cases.”

Judah Lifschitz recently profiled in Bisnow

Judah Lifschitz was recently profiled in the Bisnow Morning Brief. When asked about his most memorable project, Judah cited defending New Athens Generating Company, LLC against Bechtel’s multi-million dollar claims and collecting $27 million for his client, in one of the largest liquidated damages awards in the history of the construction industry. 

Alexis Lockshin on CREW EDU’S April building tour: Georgetown University's “Downtown Campus”

On Thursday, April 10th, the CREW (Commercial Women in Real Estate) committee on which I serve organized and hosted an informative evening featuring Georgetown University’s recently completed “Downtown campus” located at 640 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, in DC’s East End neighborhood.  Attendees learned about the development from key players intimately involved in the project, including:

Jodi Ernst – Georgetown University (End User)

Stephanie Heffernan – Cassidy Turley (Leasing Agent)

B.A. Spignardo publishes article on financing for hotel developments

B.A. Spignardo, a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Business groups was recently published in Hospitality and Tax Law360. Ms. Spignardo’s article, A Look at Alernative Financing for Hotel Developments focuses on:

- New Market Tax Credits

- EB-5 Immigrant Investor Financing, and

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."

FAILURE TO ISSUE A LITIGATION HOLD IS NOT NEGLIGENCE PER SE

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.

AMTRAK AND AKRIDGE ANNOUNCE UNION STATION UPGRADES AND BURNHAM PLACE PROJECT

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.

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?