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Shapiro Lifschitz & Schram wins favorable settlement for client Foulger-Pratt in Silver Spring Transit Center litigation

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.

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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?