Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

“Their practice is more like an art form – they approach it with absolute creativity!”

Edward P. Rudden – President and Owner, Accordia Consulting

Case Study

Double Win Dismissing Wrongful Discharge Actions

SLS represented a commercial real estate brokerage company and its President who were sued by a former employee alleging that the company had wrongfully discharged him from his position as leasing agent and that the President had tortiously interfered with the former employee’s contract with the company.  We successfully moved to dismiss the complaint on grounds that the plaintiff was an at-will employee, whose employment was terminable for any reason or no reason at all.  After the former employee proceeded to file another suit against our clients seeking the recovery of unpaid c

Cutting Edge TOPA Litigation Victory

SLS represented a commercial developer who entered into a letter of intent that we negotiated with a tenants association, under which the tenants association agreed to in good faith negotiate and enter into a definitive agreement to assign to our client the tenants association’s rights, under the District of Columbia Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (“TOPA”), to purchase a large apartment complex that was offered for sale by the owner.  After the tenants association subsequently voted not to enter into the assignment agreement that we negotiated, we filed suit on behalf of our c

Successful Representation of Owner of Natural Gas-fired Power Plants in Negotiations to Settle Complex Power Construction Disputes

We represented a leading producer of electricity from natural gas and geothermal resources in two major disputes involving the construction of natural gas-fired power plants.

Solid Agreements Can Ease Complex Historic Site Sales

Our client was a large DC based non-profit looking for a building containing approximately 75,000 square feet to become its national headquarters. The client was not interested in a cookie cutter downtown office building but was instead interested in an iconic building that would serve as its headquarters for decades to come. Our client purchased the National Trust for Historic Preservation building, which is one of the most historically significant buildings located in Washington, DC.

Litigation and Arbitration Against Bechtel Corporation

Successfully represented New Athens Generating Company, LLC, in a series of complex arbitrations against Bechtel Power Corporation, resulting in one of the largest liquidated damages awards in the history of the construction industry. Bechtel was the EPC contractor, responsible for the design, equipment procurement, and construction of a 1,080-megawatt power plant in Athens, New York. The facility is a combined-cycle plant using three Siemens 501G combustion-turbine generators.

E-Discovery Authority casts doubt on use of keyword searches and other in-house self-collection processes

Companies in litigation are often tempted to conduct part or all of the electronic discovery process in-house in an effort to achieve cost savings.  It is a fact, some decisions to let internal IT personnel handle the brunt of the collection and/or processing phases have resulted in significant savings in the litigation budget.  However, in light of e-discovery authority Judge Scheindlin’s recent discussion in National Day Laborer Organizing Network et al.

Proved the Earth Movement Exclusion Not Applicable

Our client was a real estate developer and owner. A large new development was constructed immediately adjacent to a downtown office building owned by our client. The construction included a large excavation for a multi-story underground parking garage. As a result of the excavation, our client’s building was destabilized, damaged structurally, and had to be evacuated. We filed suit against the excavation and construction firm and the insurer. All parties agreed to mediate the dispute before a mutually agreed-upon professional mediator.

Claim Dismissed

Our client, an investment advisory firm, was sued for allegedly giving inadequate advice to a group of wealthy investors during the course of negotiations with a large investment bank for large over-the-counter market securities derivative transactions. The investors had been sued by the investment bank for $6 million allegedly owed as a result of dilution of the securities, which were the subject of the transactions. The investors filed a third-party complaint against the client alleging that there had been a failure to warn of any potential for such a claim.

Using Prudence and the Legal Doctrine of Forum Non Conveniens to Dismiss a European Company’s Case from the American Court

Our client, a European company, was sued in an eastern United States court for millions of dollars in claims arising from complex financial and corporate transactions. This presented the prospect of these complicated claims against our client, a foreign company, being tried before an American jury. Unquestionably, the American court had jurisdiction to hear the case.

Successful Defense of State of New Jersey in Superfund Construction Dispute

We defended the State of New Jersey in a lawsuit brought against the State by a major international contractor on a large Superfund remediation project. The engineering firm which designed the project was also made a defendant and cross-defendant. The contractor sought more than $60 million from the State and the State counterclaimed for millions of dollars of liquidated damages due to late completion of the project.

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?