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Former Kilpatrick Townsend partner will lead firm’s new Insurance Coverage Litigation practice

Barry Fleishman has joined Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram PC as a principal in the firm’s Trial Group. A veteran litigator with more than 30 years’ Big Law experience, Fleishman will lead the firm’s new Insurance Coverage Litigation practice, which will focus on complex policyholder insurance coverage issues. 

According to Steven Schram, managing principal and co-president of the firm, “I have known Barry for almost three decades, and we are thrilled to have him join the firm and enhance our client services with his unparalleled knowledge of complex insurance coverage issues. Barry understands that moving to take full advantage of existing coverage and aggressively obtain recoveries from insurers when a loss occurs is vital for every business. That is why he chose to practice at a topnotch boutique law firm, where conflicts are extremely minimal and he can provide deeper and better client service.”

Before joining the firm, Fleishman was a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP in Washington, D.C., where he most recently served on the firm’s Executive Committee. His policyholder-based insurance coverage practice focuses on representing clients with respect to a broad scope of insurance coverages including property damage and business interruption, general liability, director and officer liability, cyber liability, and fiduciary liability. Fleishman has represented clients in multi-million dollar coverage matters arising out of historic events such as the attacks on 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the fallout from Enron’s demise, as well as major national issues such as environmental contamination, mold, construction defects and resulting damage, officer and director wrongful acts, and cyber attacks.

“I’m excited to bring my practice to Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram, and believe the boutique and collaborative environment here will allow me to provide even better and more personal service to my clients,” said Fleishman.

Fleishman was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Insurance Law in 2017 and the seven years immediately before then. He has also been recognized for the past seven years as a Washington, D.C., “Super Lawyer” in the area of Insurance Coverage and a “Top 100 Lawyer” in Washington, D.C., from 2011–2016, as selected by Super Lawyers magazine. In 2011, Fleishman was recommended in the area of Insurance by Legal 500 US and recognized by Legal Media in its 2013 and 2014 Guide to the World’s Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers. He was listed in the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers in 2014 for Insurance and the International Who’s Who of Reinsurance and Insurance Lawyers for 2013, 2015 and 2016.

Fleishman is deeply involved in and fully committed to civil rights and liberties through both the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Anti-Defamation League (ADL). He is a collaborator for the ACLU and a Washington, D.C., regional and executive board member and National Commission member for the ADL. He is also the chair of the ADL’s Washington, D.C., Region Civil Rights Committee.  

Fleishman received his law degree from the New York University School of Law and graduated magna cum laude from New York University.

As a result of continued demand from owners and executives of power companies, Judah Lifschitz and Daniel A. Kapner will again present an EUCI continuing education course. The program entitled “EPC Contracts for Power & Energy Projects” is scheduled for March 1 – 2 in Chicago.

The course provides owner representatives, project development and construction executives, senior project managers, legal counsel, EPC contractors, project lenders, project insurers, and other project participants a critical understanding of EPC Contracts and their provisions, techniques, and principles.  Attendees will:

  • review the contents of an EPC Contract, including provisions relating to the EPC contractor’s obligations, standards of performance, price and payment, the owner’s obligations, mechanical completion, substantial completion, final completion, performance testing, performance guarantees, liability and damages, delay liquidated damages, performance liquidated damages, limitation of liability provisions, warranties, force majeure, delay, scope changes, indemnification, insurance, termination and default, confidential information, and dispute resolution;
  • discuss best practices for negotiating and drafting an EPC Contract for a power and energy project; and
  • anticipate problem areas and potential claims and techniques for avoiding them.

For more information and to register for this event, please click here.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.

Steven H. Schram, co-president and managing principal of Shapiro Lifschitz & Schram, P.C., has led a team of attorneys representing the Bernstein Companies, one of the oldest commercial real estate firms in Washington, D.C., in a deal valued at $600 million. Marriott International, Inc., the world’s largest hotelier, announced on July 26 that it had officially signed agreements with developers Boston Properties and the Bernstein Companies for a new company headquarters and flagship hotel to be built in Bethesda, Md., just north of the Bethesda Metro Station. The $600 million development is slated for completion in 2022 and will include a 700,000-square-foot, 22-story headquarters building and a 230-room Marriott Hotel.

“This transaction was probably the largest, most complex, and most challenging transaction ever handled by the firm,” said Schram. “I am proud of the firm’s participation in this deal, not only from the standpoint of our legal representation, but because of the long, special relationship our firm has with the Bernstein Companies, a well-respected, multi-generational company. Shapiro Lifschitz & Schram is honored to be a part of this project, which will leave a significant legacy for the Bernstein Companies and its principals in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.”

Marni Lefkowitz Ahram, a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Business groups, assisted Schram with the lead and was praised by all parties for her role in the successful completion of the transaction. Other firm attorneys representing the Bernstein Companies in this matter include Ronald S. Shapiro, Robert A. Foster, Barry J. Fleishman and Barbara Anne (B.A.) Spignardo, as well as Ashleigh Mcfadden, a paralegal with the firm.

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?