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Marni Lefkowitz Ahram

Marni Lefkowitz Ahram

Tel 202.689.1900, ext. 3035
Cell 202.299.6080
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Experience. Passion. Solutions.

Practice Areas:

  • Real Estate
  • Retail and Office Leasing
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Business and Commercial Transactions
  • Non-Profit Organizational and Fundraising Law

Bar Admissions:

  • Oklahoma (2009, inactive)
  • Maryland (2006)
  • District of Columbia (2005)
  • New York (2003, inactive)


  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 2002
  • M.B.A., Kellogg School of Management, 2002
  • B.A., Duke University, 1995

Professional Memberships:

  • Association of Corporate Counsel
  • CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women)


Marni Lefkowitz Ahram is a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Business groups. She focuses her practice primarily on real estate transactional work, retail and office leasing, and business and commercial transactions. Before joining Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram, she served as Counsel, Real Estate and Fundraising Transactions with The American National Red Cross.

Marni’s practice benefits from her breadth of experience, having worked both in-house and with law firms, as well as inside of a non-profit organization and a large financial institution. Her experience includes real estate and asset acquisitions and dispositions, leasing and financing transactions, negotiating development, management and service agreements, and structuring and interpreting mixed-use and condominium association covenants and easement agreements.

In addition, Marni has worked in the non-profit fundraising areas, including negotiating sponsorship, cause-marketing and licensing agreements.


Marni is the daughter of a real estate developer and a mortgage broker. She spent many a childhood weekend day visiting raw land with her father, learning about how it would be developed into a new community. She enjoys seeing the various phases of development take place and especially the final outcomes. 

After her undergraduate studies, Marni undertook the dual JD/MBA program at Northwestern University School of Law and the Kellogg School of Management. She was interested in risk allocation and finance, and had an intellectual curiosity regarding how law was used to structure business relationships. The dual-degree program allowed her to experience the team approach to solving business school cases and also the individual challenges of law school. 

She decided to combine her interests and work as a real estate and business attorney, which she has enjoyed doing for more than 11 years. 


Marni works diligently to create the optimal solutions for her clients from both a legal and business perspective. Representative projects include:

  • Drafted and negotiated leases that reflected the business needs and risk profiles of both landlords and tenants for general and medical office and retail uses. Represented tenants that included a national hobby and crafts retail anchor and a regional laboratory company in its $20 million, 70,000-square-foot build-to-suit facility.
  • Represented a large not-for-profit organization as lessor and lessee in office, biomedical facility, ad-hoc sheltering, and classroom uses. Prepared template agreements for use in purchase, sale, leasing, subleasing, licensing, build-out and renovation transactions. Advised on lease interpretation and implementation disputes, and assisted litigation counsel in developing strategies for resolving disputes related to real property.
  • On behalf of a not-for-profit organization, negotiated sponsorship and cause-marketing fundraising agreements with blue chip and small corporate partners, including bricks-and-mortar and electronic campaigns, resulting in millions of dollars raised for the organizational mission.
  • Assisted the purchasers of an investment multifamily property with due diligence, acquisition, financing and organizational matters.
  • Represented developer of a large lakeside resort, residential and entertainment development in financing, development and general corporate matters.
  • Represented the borrower in project financing and loan restructuring for $150 million proton-therapy cancer treatment centers.
  • Represented purchaser in $13 million acquisition of novelty ice cream business assets out of a Section 363 bankruptcy sale.
  • Negotiated a construction easement for a charter school in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

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?