Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

"They take the time to learn and understand the details and subtleties involved in complex disputes and still quickly identify and focus on the fundamental issues."

Alan W. Slepian, Esq. – Formerly Assistant General Counsel of PG&E National Energy Group

News & Events

SLS was a 2014 sponsor of the Women and Wine IX event supporting breast cancer research treatment programs at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Firm attorney, B.A. Spignardo, served on the 2014 event organizing committee after several years of involvement with the program. The event raised $215,000 for the Cancer Center. 

B.A. Spignardo, a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Business groups was recently published in Hospitality and Tax Law360. Ms. Spignardo’s article, A Look at Alernative Financing for Hotel Developments focuses on:

- New Market Tax Credits

- EB-5 Immigrant Investor Financing, and

- Historic Tax Credits

On March 12, 2014, the House Subcommittees on Energy and the Environment held joint hearings on the science of “Capture and Storage” and “Understanding the EPA’s Carbon Rules.”

In February 2010, President Obama created an Interagency Task Force on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), co-chaired by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE), and charged the task force with “proposing a plan to overcome the barriers to the widespread, cost-effective deployment of carbon capture and storage within 10 years, with a goal of bringing five to 10 commercial demonstration projects online by 2016.” In August 2010, the task force issued a report, concluding that (a) CCS technology was viable and (b) CCS can play an important role in domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions while preserving the option of using coal and other abundant domestic fossil-energy resources.

In September 2013, the EPA announced a new rule proposal, under Section 111(b) of the Clean Air Act, called “New Source Performance Standard for New Power Plants.” According to the EPA press release, “[t]his action proposes a separate standard of performance for fossil fuel-fired electric utility steam generating units and integrated gasification combined cycle units that burn coal, petroleum coke and other fossil fuels that is based on partial implementation of carbon capture and storage as the best system of emission reduction. This action also proposes standards for natural gas-fired stationary combustion turbines based on modern, efficient natural gas combined cycle technology as the best system of emission reduction. This action also includes related proposals concerning permitting fees under Clean Air Act Title V, the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, and the definition of the pollutant covered under the prevention of significant deterioration program.”

There is significant interest in the EPA’s rule proposal and the power industry is intimately involved. The EPA has received significant comments and recently announced that, to “ensure that the public has sufficient time to review and comment on all of the information available,” the comment public comment period has been extended to May 9, 2014. Comments can be submitted to the EPA at this link:!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0495-0001

Additionally, last week, the House subcommittees on Energy and the Environment held joint hearings at which industry leaders testified that CCS technology does not yet exist to meet the regulatory requirements. Lawmakers also launched an investigation into the EPA’s decision-making process leading up to establishing the emissions standards for new power plants. Specifically, leaders of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee have written to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy requesting documents they will use to determine whether the agency complied with the law when it developed its proposals for new power plants, announced in September 2013.

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?