Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

“When we were looking for a firm, it was the personal relationships they create that gave them the deciding edge.”

Reid Liffmann – Partner, Greenebaum & Rose

Power & Energy

EPC Contracts for Power & Energy Projects, Course Update

Judah Lifschitz recently led another very successful EUCI continuing education course in Chicago, Illinois with assistance from Daniel A. Kapner. Earlier this year Judah and Daniel presented the course in Houston, Texas and a potential Washington, D.C. program is in the planning stage.

Successful Representation of Owner of Natural Gas-fired Power Plants in Negotiations to Settle Complex Power Construction Disputes

We represented a leading producer of electricity from natural gas and geothermal resources in two major disputes involving the construction of natural gas-fired power plants.

Litigation and Arbitration Against Bechtel Corporation

Successfully represented New Athens Generating Company, LLC, in a series of complex arbitrations against Bechtel Power Corporation, resulting in one of the largest liquidated damages awards in the history of the construction industry. Bechtel was the EPC contractor, responsible for the design, equipment procurement, and construction of a 1,080-megawatt power plant in Athens, New York. The facility is a combined-cycle plant using three Siemens 501G combustion-turbine generators.

Judah Lifschitz discusses EPC contracts and management or risk

“EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) projects involve many significant risks and, as a result, EPC contract negotiations are, in large measure, an exercise in risk allocation,” notes Judah LifschitzCo-President of Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram, in an article

Judah Lifschitz discusses EPC contracts in Construction Today blog

On March 20, 2013, a blog article on engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracts written by Judah LifschitzCo-President of Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram, was published on the website of

Judah Lifschitz on the state of the energy construction industry in 2013

In his article posted on February 28, 2013, at Energy & Mining InternationalJudah Lifschitz provided an overview of the energy construction indust


The Heartland Institute of Chicago, a think-tank and national authority on groundwater hydrology and nuclear energy, has issued a new report concluding that the Commonwealth of Virginia's vast and undeveloped uranium deposits can be mined safely and with minimal environmental impact.  This study provides support to plans currently in place to lift an over 25 year old moratorium on uranium mining in Virginia.


Last month, Dominion Virginia Power (NYSE: D) announced that its new 1,358 megawatt combined cycle, natural gas-fired power station in Brunswick County Virginia will have three state-of-the-art heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) provided by Alstom, a global leader in power generation technology. 


Earlier this year, we reported on the $9.6 billion in new construction likely to stem from industry compliance with the EPA’s new regulations governing power plant emissions.   Those regulations, the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) and the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), were estimated to create nearly 50,000 jobs over the next five years.   However, a decision by the United States Court of Appeal for the District of Columbia Circuit is likely to


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 (

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?