Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

“They establish very strong relationships with opposing counsel and make a difficult transaction happen without bumps and bruises.”

Marty Saturn – Executive Vice President, Meisel Capital Partners

 

Judah Lifschitz

Practice Focus:

Litigation and Trial Practice, Construction Law, Government Contracts, Power & Energy

Professional Fact:

A second-generation lawyer, Judd dreamed of being a trial lawyer from childhood.

Fun Fact:

Judd's photo of Ryan Zimmerman's 9th inning home run against the NY Yankees was featured in Shutterbug Magazine in December 2007.

George D. Carry

Practice Focus:

Litigation and Trial Practice, Electronic Discovery and Data Management, Litigation Support Services, Construction Law, Complex Commercial Litigation, Government Contracts, Power & Energy

Professional Fact:

George is the primary developer of the effective PowerPoint presentations the firm uses at mediation, arbitration and trial.

Fun Fact:

George wrote his own U.S. Patent application the week after he sat for the Virginia Bar exam.

Robert A. Foster

Practice Focus:

Business/Commercial Transactions, Corporate/Limited Liability Company/Partnership and Joint Venture Law, Real Estate

Professional Fact:

Bob has lectured and published in the area of environmental law.

Fun Fact:

Like Barack Obama and Clarence Darrow, Bob is left-handed.

Steven H. Schram

Practice Focus:

Business/Commercial Transactions, Corporate/Limited Liability Company/Partnership and Joint Venture Law, Real Estate

Professional Fact:

Steve shares his vast experience with others by serving on the board of directors of several privately held corporations.

Fun Fact:

Steve has tried more diets than most people - among his latest, a cookie diet!

Reed P. Sexter

Practice Focus:

Real Estate, Retail and Office Leasing, Business/Commercial Transactions, Corporate/Limited Liability Company/Partnership and Joint Venture Law

Professional Fact:

Reed represents numerous medical and dental practices in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Fun Fact:

Reed got bit by the wrong mosquito on an elephant trek in Southern Nepal, which resulted in Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever. He flew back to the U.S. where he recuperated for two months.

Ronald S. Shapiro

Practice Focus:

Commercial Real Estate Acquisition and Disposition, Commercial Real Estate Development and Construction, Commercial Lending, Retail and Office Leasing, Troubled Loan Work-Outs, Limited Liability Company/Partnership and Joint Venture Law

Professional Fact:

Ron is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Fun Fact:

Through his social fraternity at University of Maryland, Ron quickly learned that politics was not his calling - he ran for a school office and lost by fewer than 5 votes.

Susan A. Hubert

Practice Focus:

Director of Administration

Professional Fact:

Susan has been active in the Washington, DC legal community since 1977.

Fun Fact:

Susan was born in Middlesex, England.

Ann M. Moody

Practice Focus:

As the firm's senior trial paralegal, Ann focuses on Construction Litigation and Civil Litigation.

Professional Fact:

Ann has been mentored by Judd Lifschitz over the past 20 years.

Fun Fact:
In Ann's previous life, she was a barn manager at a horse farm.

Laura C. Fraher

Practice Focus:

Litigation and Trial Practice, Construction Law, Complex Commercial Litigation, Power & Energy

Professional Fact:

Laura 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.

Fun Fact:

Laura is an avid fan of both the New York Mets and the New York Giants.

Kelley J. Halliburton

Practice Focus:

Litigation (including trial practice, appellate practice, arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution) relating to complex commercial litigation mattersConstruction LawGovernment Contracts

Professional Fact:

While still in law school, Kelley was on the editorial staff for the Federal Communications Law Journal (FCLJ), the official journal for the Federal Communications Bar Association.  The FCLJ regularly publishes articles and essays by commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and members of congress. 

Fun Fact:

Kelley is a “Cheesehead” an avid Green Bay Packers fan!

Daniel A. Kapner

Practice Focus:

Litigation & Trial Practice, Construction Law, Power & Energy

Professional Fact:

Dan previously worked as the Government of the State of Israel’s speechwriter at the United Nations.

Fun Fact:

Dan teaches yoga, a discipline he has practiced since he was 14 years old. He met his wife, Meredith, at a yoga class.

Barbara Anne (B.A.) Spignardo

Practice Focus:

Real Estate, Real Estate Finance, Commercial Transactions, Commercial Lending

Professional Fact:

B.A. has done a significant amount of real estate work in the hospitality industry. She loves to travel and encourage travel through the building of hotels.

Fun Fact:

B.A. was recruited by University of Richmond as an NCAA Division I field hockey player and played throughout undergraduate school.

Christopher W. Mahoney

Practice Focus:

Litigation and Trial Practice, including complex commercial litigation, real estate and environmental matters
Construction Law
Government Contracts
Power and Energy

Professional Fact:

Chris has practiced complex civil litigation for close to 30 years and before joining the Firm, he was a litigation partner for 13 years in the D.C. office of Duane Morris LLP.

Fun Fact:

Chris played offensive guard, linebacker and punter for his high school football team but in college, he hung up his cleats and limited his sporting activities to foosball.

Marni Lefkowitz Ahram

Practice Focus:

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

Professional Fact:

Marni worked in-house for the American National Red Cross, providing legal advice related to an extensive real estate portfolio and fundraising relationships. She also once helped a large public university acquire a historically protected property in Italy to house its study-abroad program.

Fun Fact:

Marni used to be a spinning instructor and still tries to fit in classes when not busy with her husband and two daughters.

Ashleigh Mcfadden

Practice Focus:

Real Estate, Real Estate Finance, Retail and Office Leasing, Business/Commercial Transactions, Commercial Lending

Professional Fact:

Ashleigh received her graduate certification in paralegal studies after serving in the U.S. Army and has worked as a commercial real estate paralegal for more than 15 years.

Fun Fact:

Ashleigh lived in both Korea and Germany while serving in the U.S. Army as a transportation officer. She worked with combat and combat support units, moving soldiers and supplies where and when needed, and even attended airborne parachute training – jumping out of a completely good plane!

Barry J. Fleishman

Practice Focus:

Insurance Coverage, Business, Litigation and Trial Practice

Professional Fact:

Barry is an avid civil rights activist, serving with both the American Civil Liberties Union and the Anti-Defamation League.

Fun Fact:

When Barry wants to relax and get away from the stress of practicing law, he can often be found playing poker in Las Vegas. 

Gregory S. Seador

Practice Focus:

Litigation and Trial Practice, Construction Law, Power and Energy

Professional Fact:

Greg started his career in BigLaw, working at two AmLaw 100 firms before moving to the U.S. Department of Justice, where he served as lead counsel in cases arising under the internal revenue laws in federal district courts across the country.

Fun Fact:

Greg’s interest in construction and construction litigation comes from his early childhood desire to figure out how things work. He was known to take items apart just to see how they worked and enjoyed figuring out how to put them back together. 

Tressa G. Muñoz

Practice Focus:

Construction Litigation, Power & Energy and Civil Litigation

Professional Fact:

Tressa has been working in the legal industry for over 25 years. Most of her experience has taken place in our nation’s capital, with a 6-year stint in Seattle, Washington, which she thoroughly enjoyed.

Fun Fact:

Tressa attending boarding school in Pennsylvania and was a competitive swimmer in high school and college. Her best stroke was butterfly and she also excelled in the individual medley, which includes all four swim strokes.

Our People

Our People

Years of practice in big firms have shaped our depth of knowledge in precise areas of law, but we’ve chosen a boutique environment for a reason: we like our clients and our clients like us, and we’ve learned that working the way they need us to translates into success for them and us. Our lawyers are not just any lawyers and they are not junior lawyers. We are a passionate, talented and collaborative team of highly experienced and genuine practitioners that represent clients across the U.S. and in a variety of foreign countries. We gain incredible satisfaction from the practice of law, and that drives us to work harder, longer and smarter than most in our field.

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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?