Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

“Most client challenges come with multiple dimensions and this firm is nimble enough to find multiple strategies.”

Edward P. Rudden – President and Owner, Accordia Consulting


Scope of Arbitration Clause Does Not Extend to Ensuing Action to Collect Award - Giron v. Dodds

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals (DC’s highest court) recently held that piercing the corporate veil, i.e., disregarding the corporate entity (“PCV”) to collect on an arbitration award is outside the scope of an arbitration clause.  In a Jan.

John Bergin Argues in Pennsylvania Appellate Court to Affirm Defense Verdict in $20M MLB Stadium Case

As discussed in SLS’s December 8th post, John Bergin represented two national general contractors/ construction managers who had formed a joint-venture to design and construct a Major League Baseball Stadium.  Plaintiff – the alleged assignee of a subcontractor on the project – had sued the joint venture for more than $20 million.  John secured a complete defense verdict for the joint venture after more than eight years of litigation, a six-week trial, and two post-trial legal memoranda. The Plaintiff appealed that verdict. 


Contracts covering construction disputes often require binding arbitration. Many of these contracts contain language allowing the arbitrator to decide the enforceability of the agreement to arbitrate (the delegation provision).  But some courts have been removing this decision from arbitrators and making the arbitration agreement’s enforceability a question for judicial review. 

John Bergin Defends Defense Verdict in $20 Million MLB Stadium Case on Appeal

SLS’s John Bergin obtained a defense verdict in a case involving the construction of a Major League Baseball Stadium after more than eight years of litigation, a six-week trial, and two rounds of post-trial briefs.  Plaintiff appealed that verdict and John recently filed a Brief explaining in detail why the Appellate Court should confirm it.  John represented two national general contractors and construction managers who had formed a joint-venture to design and construct the stadium.  Plaintiff – the alleged assignee of one of their subcontractors – sued the

Bob Foster in Construction Daily and ENR Mountain States magazines

Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram’s Robert A.

SLS Client Achieves Dismissal of Prompt Payment Act Claim Asserted by Subcontractor

In an issue of first impression for this jurisdiction, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia recently held that the Prompt Payment Act, 31 U.S.C. §§ 3901-3907 does not create a private right of action for subcontractors to sue prime contractors for interest, penalties and fees.

SMACKDOWN: Judge Sam Sparks' Kindergarten Party

Civility among attorneys can help make even highly contentious disputes roll through the legal system more smoothly. Retaining or returning to a modicum of civility is an important enough issue that several states, including South Carolina and Florida, have added civility clauses to their attorney admission oaths. Beyond making things easier and keeping blood pressure down, there is another good reason to be civil to your attorney adversaries in litigation—avoiding public shaming.

Must-Know Seminars

Must-Know Seminars™ are presented by our highly experienced attorneys on subjects of importance to the business community. Highly informative and enjoyable these 90 minute seminars are presented on location and teach you what you must know on the latest important topics. Since initiating our Must-Know Seminar™ series our attorneys have presented, to rave reviews, at client and trade association locations across the country including Boston, Mobile, San Francisco, Washington DC and various other locations.  Currently, we offer the following seminars:

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?