Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

“I really love these guys.”

Skip Kriss – Executive Vice President, The Richmond Corporation


Two new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules taking effect in 2012 are expected to spur construction as power plants comply with new EPA standards.  The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), and the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) address power plant emissions, with MATS comprising the first-ever national standards targeted to reduce mercury and other emissions from power plants.

EPA estimates that construction of required pollution-control equipment and related activities will create 2,230 job-years for power plants to comply with CSAPR.  Additionally, EPA estimates that MATS will spur creation of 46,000 job-years to comply with the stringent new mercury controls.  EPA expects that the power industry will spend $9.6 billion over the next five years in construction costs related to these two rules.

The University of Massachusetts has authored a study that is even more optimistic:  expecting nearly 1.5 million jobs to be created over the next five years as power plants build new air scrubbers and other machinery.  A Duke University study suggests that retrofitting existing plants will likely be more cost-effective than either new plant construction or plant retirement.

At least one permitted plant has postponed its construction postponed because of the added costs to meet MATS.  Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative has stated that their proposed 600 MW coal-fired plant in Rogers City, Michigan has been placed on hold because of concerns that they could not find vendors who could guarantee meeting the MATS targets for mercury.

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?