Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

"They take the time to learn and understand the details and subtleties involved in complex disputes and still quickly identify and focus on the fundamental issues."

Alan W. Slepian, Esq. – Formerly Assistant General Counsel of PG&E National Energy Group


experience \ik-spir-ē-ən(t)s\ n [ME, fr. MF, fr. L experiential act of trying, fr. experient-, experiens, prp. of experiri to try, fr. ex- + -periri (akin to periculum attempt) — more at FEAR] (14c) 1 a: seasoned practitioners who possess over 25+ years of actual experience, knowledge, judgment and intuition b: genuine practitioners who know the nuances and intricacies of particular areas of law, certain industries and precise legal points 2 a: creating a relational encounter for our clients that shows a dedication and commitment to their success b: clients are not a number, they are real people who are truly important to us and come first c: we work the way our clients need us to work for them

You might say we are a dying breed – lawyers who actually do the deals and try the cases. We do not hand your case down, we embrace it ourselves because we enjoy practicing law – it's that simple. We've taken our years of knowledge and experience gleaned from our big firm backgrounds and left to start our own ballgame, a fresh and creative boutique practice focused on precise areas of law. Why? We prefer personable, client-first relationships; we like our clients and our clients like us. We've learned that putting that relationship first translates into success. It is an understanding gained from experience. We're experienced (older) dogs, and we know a lot of tricks. And by the way, you can teach an old dog new tricks – just watch us!

Experience. Passion. Solutions.

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?