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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. 

Judah served as moderator for the “Construction Summit” and “Washington, DC New Development Frontiers” Bisnow events last year, which included panels of industry leading construction and commercial development executives. He will once again moderate the Bisnow “Washington, DC Construction Summit” in November. 

Veteran litigator joins firm’s growing trial practice group

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 1, 2014 –Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram PC welcomes veteran trial lawyer Christopher W. Mahoney to the firm as Vice President and a member of the firm’s expanding Trial Practice Group. With broad litigation experience spanning more than 25 years, Mahoney’s practice is focused on an assortment of complex civil litigation, including commercial disputes, construction litigation, government contracts, and business torts, as well as real estate, eminent domain, environmental, product liability, employment and professional liability matters.

“Chris is a creative and committed client advocate who thrives on both the competitive nature of litigation and effective representation specifically tailored to the individual needs of each client,” said Judah Lifschitz, principal and co-president of the firm. “He knows that high stakes litigation is often unavoidable and total focus and dedication are crucial to advance or protect a client’s interests, and that’s what drives him in his practice."

Mahoney has served as both trial and appellate counsel for individuals, small businesses, multinational corporations, municipalities and administrative agencies, and has defended or brought suit on behalf of these clients before juries and judges in federal and state courts across the country, as well as before mediators and arbitrators. He has represented a multitude of industry sectors, including financial institutions, universities, medical equipment suppliers, chemical companies, information technology providers, foreign companies and not-for-profit entities.

In addition to his litigation practice, Mahoney is active in civic and charitable matters. He is a long-time volunteer attorney for the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless and has handled litigation matters for the Legal Counsel for the Elderly and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. He serves as treasurer of the Union College Alumni Club of D.C., and is a member of the American Friends of the London School of Economics and the Irish Network of D.C.

A Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated attorney, Mahoney has been recognized in Washingtonian magazine as one of D.C.’s “top lawyers” and has been named a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an editor of The Tax Lawyer

Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram has served its clients in Washington and throughout the nation for more than 20 years. The firm’s motto is: “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.”

There is legislation currently being discussed that is gaining traction and which could significantly impact § 1031 exchanges of commercial real estate properties after 2014! There are a couple of proposals which might potentially affect §1031 of the Internal Revenue Code. The House Ways and Means Committee has proposed the Tax Reform Act of 2014. In its current form, this proposal repeals §1031 in its entirety.

The President's 2015 budget proposal contains a cap of $1 million annually on the deferral of taxes allowed on the sale of real estate. In light of this new momentum, buyers and sellers of commercial real estate should consider completing any 1031 exchange transaction in calendar year 2014 if at all possible.

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?