Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

“This firm’s greatest strength is their intense detail.”

Mike Hubert – President, Glen Construction Company

Our Involvement

It is a core belief of Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram that as attorneys we have a fundamental obligation to help those in need and to give back to the community. We don’t simply share that belief, we actively carry it out. Whether it entails providing pro bono legal services to the elderly and charitable organizations or contributing financial support to worthy institutions and organizations, we put ourselves at the forefront of helping others because it matters to us. Just as we do when working on behalf of our clients, we utilize our experience to deliver solutions for those in need, because like our passion for the law, our passion for charitable service is part of the fabric of who we are.

Among our many firmwide pro bono and charitable initiatives, we were instrumental in the formation of Sulam, a program that provides children with disabilities the educational resources and therapeutic support necessary to enable them to be mainstreamed in school. We find our pro bono service as Sulam’s general counsel to be very rewarding.

As a proud sponsor of an ACE Mentor Program scholarship, we enjoy the opportunity to enlighten and increase the awareness of high school students to career opportunities in architecture, construction and engineering, and related areas of the design and construction industry. We are also proud to be a Guardian Level Sponsor of the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, which provides free or reduced fee representation in civil legal matters to low-income individuals and non-profits throughout Maryland.

On a personal level, our attorneys are active in the Anti-Defamation League of Bnai Brith, with the mission to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. In particular, Steve Schram has been an important leader in the Washington, DC office of the Anti-Defamation League, where he currently serves as its Regional Chair.

Throughout his career, Judd Lifschitz has occupied many leadership positions in charitable organizations, including service as President of the Yeshiva of Greater Washington, as a board member of United Jewish Appeal Federation and the Jewish Community Council, and as a National Vice President of the Young Israel movement.

Ron Shapiro is an advocate for and frequently provides pro bono services to those in need. It is not uncommon to find Ron renegotiating leases or purchase deals on behalf of those about to lose their homes or businesses that find themselves experiencing difficult times.

Others within the firm – both attorneys and staff – give generously and willingly of their time to various volunteer projects, such as working with PAL (People Love Animals), paying visits to seniors and hospitals, and spending time with at risk children. Collectively, we regularly support many charitable fundraising drives including, including:

  • Markmakers
  • Hebrew Home of Greater Washington
  • CREW North Virginia
  • Special Operations Warrior Fund
  • Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
  • American Heart Association
  • Most Valuable Kids, West Point Association of Graduates
  • Kidney Foundation, Children’s Hospital
  • Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center – Georgetown University Hospital
  • Trust for the National Mall
  • Autism Speaks

Helping others is an inherent passion of Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram. Why? Because we know from experience that getting involved is a solution that works. And a dedication to solutions that work – both in practice and in our personal lives – is what Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram is all about.

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?