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Judah Lifschitz and Daniel A. Kapner recently published an article entitled, “Fired Up and Ready to Go,” in the Fall 2014 issue of The Voice, the official magazine of The Construction Users Roundtable (“CURT”).  The article discusses a contractual strategy that would allow a power plant owner to begin generating power prior to Substantial Completion as defined in an engineering, procurement, and construction (“EPC”) contract.  The article proposes an innovative approach that can be incorporated into an EPC contract granting an express right to the owner to begin commercial operations prior to the date of Substantial Completion.
CURT was founded in the fall of 2000 by construction and engineering executives representing major corporations in the United States and throughout the world.  As a premiere owners’ organization, CURT provides a national and international forum for the exchange of information, views, practices, and policies of construction users from an array of industries.  
Judah Lifschitz, Principal and Co-President of SLS, is a renowned trial lawyer specifically recognized for his experience in construction and power and energy construction law.
Daniel A. Kapner is a member of the firm’s trial practice group focusing on construction and power and energy construction law.

Major portfolio real estate deals typically involve complex legal considerations since packaging multiple properties together into one deal can create hurdles for both buyers and sellers.  

Real estate attorneys on both sides of the table can take certain steps to ensure a hassle-free closing. In a recent Law360 article entitled, 7 Tips for Closing Your Portfolio Property Deal, Shapiro Lifschitz and Schram’s, Reed Sexter weighed in on how to prepare for a real estate portfolio closing. 

To avoid potential pitfalls, “It's preferable and advisable to have separate legal entities for each property you're purchasing for liability purposes,” he recommended. 

For more information on how to prepare for a large real estate portfolio sale, contact Reed Sexter at

On September 18, 2014, Christopher W. Mahoney, Laura C. Fraher, Daniel A. Kapner, George D. Carry, Alexis M. Lockshin, Kelley J. Halliburton, and Ann M. Moody represented SLS at the 2014 Excellence in Construction Awards of the Associated Builders and Contractors (“ABC”) of Metro Washington and Virginia, where general contractors, specialty contractors, and material suppliers were honored for outstanding quality construction projects in the region. SLS is a member of the Metro Washington Chapter of the ABC and is committed to giving back to the industry. SLS congratulates all of the winners and nominees of the 2014 Excellence in Construction Awards.

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?