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Maryland's move away from LEED certified construction

The Maryland House and Senate recently unanimously approved House Bill 207 which was approved by the Governor on May 15th.  This new law, which will take effect October 1, 2014, may be a critical step in Maryland’s move away from LEED Certified Construction.

Kelley Halliburton Published in Construction Executive's February 2014 Edition

Kelley Halliburton recently co-authored an article titled “Parameters of the Attorney-Client Privilege” that was published in the February 2014 issue of Construction Executive, the monthly magazine of the Associated Builders and Contractors. The article is a primer on the basics of attorney-client privilege for contractors and other construction executives.

Power plant technology not keeping pace with President's Climate Action Plan

Last June, President Obama announced a “Climate Action Plan” directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing power plants.

Judah Lifschitz moderated Bisnow's 2nd Annual Bisnow Construction Summit

Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram’s Judah Lifschitz moderated Bisnow’s 2nd Annual Bisnow Construction Summit on December 3, 2013, and led a discussion by construction industry leaders of the greater Washington, DC, area about market trends, challenges, opportunities, and issues affecting the industry.

SLS attorneys successfully represent pro bono client in family court trial

Laura Fraher and Kelley Halliburton, members of the SLS trial and construction group, recently secured a favorable judgment in connection with their representation of a pro bono client in a contested divorce proceeding pending in D.C. Superior Court.

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.

Judah Lifschitz discusses EPC contracts and management or risk

“EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) projects involve many significant risks and, as a result, EPC contract negotiations are, in large measure, an exercise in risk allocation,” notes Judah LifschitzCo-President of Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram, in an article

Judah Lifschitz discusses EPC contracts in Construction Today blog

On March 20, 2013, a blog article on engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracts written by Judah LifschitzCo-President of Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram, was published on the website of

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?