Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

“This firm clearly puts the client’s interest ahead of personal gain.”

Bruce Hoffman – Vice President, Gilbane Building Company and former Executive Director, Maryland Stadium Authority


This blog has been paying careful attention to new EPA rules, and the impact that the Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants (CPSNPP), the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), and the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) will have on construction in the power-generation industry.  The effect thus far has been two-fold:  greater spending on the construction of emissions control systems, and a lawsuit challenging the EPA’s regulations.

Demonstrating the increase in emissions control construction, ADA Environmental Solutions (ADA-ES) reported that revenue from its pollution control technology and services increased 36% for the first quarter of 2012, compared with the same period in 2011.  ADA-ES further estimates that it will realize over four million dollars in revenue for the remainder of 2012 as part of MATS compliance activities.  The EPA has estimated that, industry-wide, MATS compliance will spur $9.6 billion in construction over the next five years.

Taking another approach, a host of energy companies have petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review the EPA’s MATS rule.  The suit, which has consolidated over two-dozen individual petitions under the lead case, White Stallion Energy Center, LLC v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Case No. 12-1100, challenges the EPA’s decision making as contrary to the Clean Air Act, and as arbitrary and capricious.  Briefing remains ongoing; oral argument has not yet been scheduled.

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?