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Shapiro Lifschitz & Schram, P.C. is pleased to announce that it has successfully settled a lawsuit on behalf of its client, Foulger-Pratt Contracting LLC, in a highly contested case involving the design, construction, and delayed opening of the Silver Spring Transit Center project in Montgomery County, Md.

In the settlement, which was achieved during a long and heated jury trial in the Circuit Court of Maryland for Montgomery County, Montgomery County agreed to drop its multi-million-dollar claims against Foulger-Pratt and to pay Foulger-Pratt $3 million on its affirmative claims against the county. Foulger-Pratt served as the project’s general contractor.

“This was a very long and hard-fought legal battle, and we are most pleased to see it come to a favorable resolution on behalf of our client, Foulger-Pratt,” said Judah Lifschitz, Principal and Co-president of Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram and lead attorney for Foulger-Pratt. “Cases are won by teams – not individuals – and I am very fortunate to have worked with some of the most dedicated, professional and outstanding attorneys in the business.”

Lifschitz’s team included Laura Fraher and Kelley Halliburton of Shapiro, Lifschitz and Schram, and Bruce Marcus of Marcus and Bonsib, a frequent co-counsel with Lifschitz.

The $140 million transit center connects the Silver Spring Metro station with several of the area’s bus lines and the MARC commuter train, and opened in September 2015, four years after it was originally scheduled to open. In a separate settlement with the county, other defendants agreed to pay the county a $25 million settlement.

Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram, P.C. is pleased to announce that Judah Lifschitz, Principal and Co-President of the firm, has been named to the 2017 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers “Top 100” list. This is the ninth consecutive year that Lifschitz has been named a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer.

Lifschitz is a veteran trial attorney having tried cases to verdict in virtually every type of adjudicative forum – state and federal bench and jury trials, and arbitrations and Boards of Contract Appeals. In addition to general civil litigation, he has extensive experience in construction related matters, including significant experience in power and energy construction representing clients with regard to EPC contracts as well as disputes. Lifschitz represents governmental and private owners, regional, national and international contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, design professionals, sureties and insurance companies in disputes, trials, ADR proceedings and negotiations.

Recently, Lifschitz was lead trial counsel in the Silver Spring Transit Center litigation, a case which garnered much attention in the local and national press. After three weeks of trial Lifschitz’ client Foulger-Pratt Contracting LLC which was being sued for millions of dollars the plaintiff Montgomery County, Maryland agreed to pay Foulger-Pratt $3 million in settlement of all claims against and between Foulger Pratt and the County. Foulger-Pratt served as the general contractor for the 90-million-dollar project.

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Former trial attorney at Department of Justice is latest addition to firm’s growing litigation practice

Gregory S. Seador has joined Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram PC as vice president of the firm and a member of the firm’s Trial, Construction, and Power & Energy groups. Seador is an experienced trial attorney with more than 15 years of complex litigation experience.

“Greg is a highly regarded litigator with extensive trial experience,” said Steven Schram, managing principal and co-president of the firm. “He exhibits the type of client-focused, practical approach to litigation that Shapiro Lifschitz & Schram values, and makes him a great fit for our expanding litigation practice.”

Before joining Shapiro Lifschitz & Schram, Seador was a senior trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and served as lead counsel in affirmative and defensive civil litigation arising under the internal revenue laws in federal district courts across the country. During his tenure with the DOJ, he negotiated non-prosecution agreements for several Swiss banks, spearheaded obtaining an injunction against an enrolled agent accused of promoting a tax shelter that generated $515 million in bogus tax deductions, and successfully obtained injunctions against Georgia tax return preparers and their businesses whose fraudulent conduct caused $108 million in harm to the government. Seador began his legal career in “Big Law” practicing at two AmLaw 100 firms. During his approximately nine years with two powerhouse litigation firms, he managed all aspects of complex commercial trial and class action defense cases, with an emphasis on construction and antitrust law.

"I am excited to join Shapiro Lifschitz & Schram because of their robust litigation capabilities and the opportunity to work with some great litigators,” said Seador.

Seador received his law degree (summa cum laude) from Syracuse University College of Law, and his undergraduate degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky.

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?