Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

“They are among the finest construction attorneys with whom I’ve ever worked.”

Evans Barba – President and CEO, Barba Consulting

Daniel A. Kapner

Daniel A. Kapner

Tel 202.689.1900, ext. 3015
Cell 202.412.7447
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Experience. Passion. Solutions.

Practice Areas:

  • Litigation & Trial Practice
  • Construction Law
  • Energy & Power

Bar Admissions:

  • Virginia (2017)
  • Maryland (2016)
  • District of Columbia (2010)
  • New York (2010)


  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 2009
  • MSc, London School of Economics and Political Science, with honors, 2004
  • B.A., University of Massachusetts, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, 2001

Professional Memberships:

  • ABA Construction Industry Forum
  • American Bar Association
  • Construction Users Roundtable (Friend of CURT)
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • The Rotary Club of Washington, DC


Dan is a member of the firm’s Trial Practice Group, working in the firm’s litigation and trial, construction law, and power and energy groups. Before joining Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram, he was an associate with White & Case LLP in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, where he advised commercial and sovereign clients in disputes relating to government contracts, construction, joint ventures, and insurance matters.

Dan also previously served as a special assistant attorney general in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. During his tenure in the AG’s office, he defended the District of Columbia, municipal agencies, and public employees in actions involving employment, wrongful death, medical malpractice, insurance, defamation, and whistleblower claims. Dan regularly appeared in court, presented oral arguments, and took and defended depositions.


Dan is happiest when he is helping his clients solve complex matters. The desire to fix problems is a fundamental part of Dan’s personality and he takes pride in being considered a trusted advisor to his clients, colleagues, family, and friends. The practice of law allows Dan to fully engage, stretch his mind, and help make people’s lives better.

Dan focuses on developing strong client relationships. He believes strongly that it is his professional responsibility and ethical duty to fight zealously on behalf of each client. He constantly asks himself, “Am I doing all I possibly can to serve my clients’ needs?”


Always focused on ensuring the most favorable solution for his clients, Dan is an excellent advocate. Here are some examples:

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  • Key team member in successful representation of a Southeast Asian country in a $500 million arbitration commenced by a European transport company relating to the engineering, procurement, and construction of an international airport terminal.
  • Key team member in successful representation of Latin American country in a $91.1 million arbitration involving the construction and operation of power transmission lines.
  • Key team member in successful representation of a Southeast Asian country in obtaining the dismissal of an application before the Singapore High Court to set-aside an award of the International Chamber of Commerce in favor of the Southeast Asian country.
  • Key team member in successful defense of an intergovernmental organization in antitrust dispute before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
  • Key team member in representation of thousands of foreign nationals in an arbitration brought against a Latin American country involving sovereign bonds.
  • Key team member in representation of a Central Asian country in arbitrations involving over $1 billion in claims arising out of mining project disputes.
  • Obtained defense verdict in a civil jury trial relating to the medical treatment of a former D.C. jail inmate.
  • Obtained dismissal of a wrongful death and medical malpractice case.
  • Obtained dismissal of a wrongful termination case brought by a former employee of a city council member.

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?