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Laura C. Fraher

Laura C. Fraher

Tel 202.689.1900, ext. 3044
Cell 516.398.7941
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Experience. Passion. Solutions.

Practice Areas:

  • Litigation and Trial Practice (including arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution)
  • Construction Law
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Power & Energy

Bar Admissions:

  • Maryland (2015)
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia (2011)
  • United States Supreme Court (2010)
  • District of Columbia (2008)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2008)
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of New York (2008)
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (2006)
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (2004)
  • New York (2002)


  • J.D., St. John’s University School of Law, magna cum laude, 2001
  • B.A., Political Science, SUNY College at Geneseo, 1998


Laura C. Fraher is an attorney in the trial and construction group at Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram, focusing on complex commercial and construction litigation.  Laura has extensive experience in civil litigation at both the trial court and appellate level.  She is a creative and effective advocate and has significant experience with all types of motions, briefs, pleadings and other essential documents.  Her experience includes managing extensive discovery and electronic discovery in cases of varying size.

Laura brings nearly a decade of big-firm experience to Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram.  Before joining the firm, she worked as a litigation associate for two large New York firms and served as a law clerk for The Honorable Joanna Seybert of the Eastern District of New York.  Laura graduated magna cum laude from St. John’s University School of Law where she was on the law review.

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Laura efficiently explores all possible solutions to achieve a client’s goals. She prides herself on leaving no stone unturned in the search for creative arguments and solutions, and does so with a keen appreciation for the importance of maximizing productivity and servicing the urgent needs of her clients in a timely fashion.

A big-picture person – she doesn’t get “lost in the weeds,” always keeping her eye on her clients’ ultimate goals. Competitive by nature, Laura played flanker on her college rugby team and has a few scars to prove it. She puts this competitive spirit to work for her clients on a daily basis.

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Known for her superior advocacy and writing skills, her ability to work with all types of people, and her intense work ethic, Laura has been a key team member in the successful defense of clients facing multi-billion dollar class-action lawsuits.  She has served as the lead associate in complex disputes across a range of industries, achieving favorable results in many high-stakes matters.

Laura was a senior member of the SLS trial team, which represented a utility owner in a multi-session mediation and arbitration of a significant dispute with an international engine manufacturer/EPC contractor relating to the construction of a new power plant in Northern California. The plant, which uses 10 reciprocating engines, with 163 MW total output, suffered delays and other problems in construction – issues that became the subject first of mediation and then arbitration. Laura worked with the project team and outside experts to develop mediation presentations and later to manage the discovery and factual and legal issue development in the arbitration. As a result of the tenacious efforts of the SLS team, the disputes were ultimately settled on very favorable terms during the arbitration process.

Laura was a senior member of the SLS trial team that represented the owner of an historic hotel in Washington, DC, in litigation with the architect in charge of a $50 million renovation. The claims involved negligence and overbilling. Laura developed effective mediation presentations, working with various experts, and later managed the discovery, including all aspects of electronic discovery. As a result of her dedicated and highly experienced efforts, the SLS trial team was able to achieve a favorable settlement during discovery.

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?