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In an article published in the May issue of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s ACC Docket, national engineering firm Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.’s Beverly Tompkins, along with our attorneys Judah Lifschitz and Laura Fraher provide tips for avoiding litigation, such as mitigating risks through contractual provisions. “Litigation often can be discouraged by contractual provisions that predetermine the scope of liability or shift the risk of pursuing litigation, such as requiring one party to pay the others’ fees and costs,” they write. “Cure provisions, indemnity and hold harmless provisions, exculpatory provisions, liquidated damages provisions, and provisions that either waive or limit a party’s liability for certain types of damages (i.e., a consequential damage waiver) or for certain actions (i.e., a waiver of liability for negligent acts) or limitation of liability provisions can all serve to limit or eliminate a party’s liability.”

 

Additionally, the authors encourage legal departments to establish preventive measures. This includes having a risk management program in place that promotes early detection and resolution of a potential legal problem. “Depending on the industry, internal controls and training on avoiding litigation can also help mitigate risk for small uninsured firms,” they say. The authors also stress the importance of strategy when avoiding litigation. “Dispute resolution is like a game of chess. To be successful, you must see the entire board, anticipate your adversary’s approach, and plan your moves. As soon as a dispute arises, conduct a big-picture evaluation of your issues and develop a strategy to get from beginning to end.” For the full article, click here.

Shapiro Lifschitz & Schram announces the inclusion of attorney Barbara Anne (B.A.) Spignardo among Bisnow’s Women of Influence in Commercial Real Estate for her contributions to the industry in 2017. Annually, Bisnow determines its honorees by consulting with market professionals and the local chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) to identify the women who have made the most significant impact on the industry throughout the year.

“We are proud of B.A.’s achievements and her leadership in several major commercial real estate transactions on behalf of our firm this year,” said Judah Lifschitz, co-president of Shapiro Lifschitz & Schram. “Her ongoing commitment to our clients and the commercial real estate sector at large reflects her passion for creating structures that encourage exploration, community development and the future of our region.”

With more than 15 years of commercial real estate experience, Spignardo counsels 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.

Among her many accomplishments of 2017, Spignardo closed more than $150 million in commercial real estate transactions for her clients.

In addition, she is an active member of CREW and serves on the organizing committee for Women & Wine, an annual event supporting breast cancer research at Georgetown Lombardi's Cancer Research Center. Earlier this year, Spignardo served as an adjunct professor for American University’s Washington College of Law summer program on hospitality and tourism law.

Spignardo earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond and her law degree from George Mason University School of Law. She graduated from the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

Shapiro Lifschitz & Schram is a Washington, D.C.-based law firm delivering solutions for clients in the areas of business, construction, real estate and commercial litigation. The firm has a proven track record of success representing clients in sophisticated deals and big-ticket, complex litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. With state-of-the-art document management and electronic discovery techniques, sophisticated graphics capabilities and seasoned lawyers, Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram creates client-centered solutions to close deals and win cases.

An article by Judah Lifschitz and Laura Fraher published in Construction Executive Risk Management’s September 25 newsletter. The article, titled “Alleged Construction Defects: Be Consistent, Pick Your Battles and Document Carefully,” highlights the firm's successful resolution four weeks in to a jury trial in a $75 million “bet-the-company” lawsuit against its client, Foulger-Pratt Contracting LLC (FPC). The case was highly contested and publicized and involved the design, construction, and delayed opening of the Silver Spring Transit Center project in Montgomery County, Md. All claims against FPC were dismissed and FPC was awarded $3 million on its counter-claim.

In the article, Judah and Laura discuss the many factors that contributed to FPC’s favorable result, including the following lessons:

1.     Build the Team, Keep it Together and Maintain Consistency

2.     Protect the Company’s Rights, but Pick its Battles

3.     Document Important Facts, but Remember that Documentation Becomes Evidence

4.     Preserve Privileges

To read the entire article, click here.

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?