WASHINGTON, D.C., January 21, 2014 – Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram is pleased to announce that Reed P. Sexter has been elected as a principal and executive vice president of the firm, and Robert A. Foster has been appointed as senior vice president. In addition, Barbara Anne “B.A.” Spignardo has joined the firm and works in the Real Estate and Business transactional groups.
“We are very pleased with the strategic growth that our firm is undergoing, and these recent changes reflect our commitment to aligning our leadership to better serve our clients,” said Steven H. Schram managing principal and co-president of Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram. “We are proud to elect Reed as a principal and executive vice president. His commitment to the firm and excellent client service skills make him very worthy of this position. Likewise, we are pleased to have Bob serve as senior vice president. As one of our most skilled and loyal attorneys, we look forward to his continued contributions. Finally, we welcome B.A. to the firm as an associate. Her knowledge and experience make her a very valued new member of our team.”
Reed Sexter has extensive experience as a transactional attorney and practices in all areas of commercial real estate and general business transactional law. He focuses his practice on retail, commercial office and industrial leasing for landlords and tenants, real estate finance (including construction financing), real estate development and the acquisition and disposition of businesses and commercial real estate projects. He joined the firm in 2002 and previously served as vice president and senior counsel. Reed earned his J.D. from Hofstra University and his B.A. from the University of Michigan.
B.A. Spignardo has focused on real estate law since beginning her practice in 2002. She has represented lenders, borrowers, developers, sellers and institutional investors in sophisticated, high-dollar commercial real estate transactions including hotel, multifamily, assisted living, office and retail properties. Her work includes origination and servicing of construction and development loans, debt and equity financings, acquisitions, and dispositions. Prior to joining Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram, B.A. was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Locke Lord LLP. She earned her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law, and her B.A. from the University of Richmond.
Bob Foster focuses his practice on real estate and business transactions and has represented developers, banks, brokers and other parties in some of the most complex and significant commercial transactions in the Washington metropolitan area, including syndications, acquisitions and sales of multi-family residential properties, hotels, shopping centers, and commercial office buildings. Bob rounds out his practice with the representation of landlords and tenants in office and retail leases in the Washington, D.C. area and around the country. He joined the firm at its inception. Bob earned his J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Illinois and his B.A. from Northwestern University.
Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram has served its clients in Washington and throughout the nation for over 20 years. We apply our experience, infuse our passion, and deliver solutions for our clients in the areas of business law, construction, power and energy construction, real estate and related financing transactions and commercial litigation.