Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

“Clients are not a number, they are people.”

Marc Duber – Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, The Bernstein Companies

 

Judah Lifschitz

Practice Focus:

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

Professional Fact:

Judd is an accomplished trial attorney who has tried cases to verdict in virtually even type of adjudicative forum.

Fun Fact:

Judd and his wife Marilyn are the proud grandparents of 6 ... yes 6 ... grandchildren.

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 an excellent legal researcher and will find the underlying law or a legal precedent no matter how unique the argument is.

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 is a Martindale-Hubbell AV rated attorney.

Fun Fact:

Bob was a lifeguard, carhop, highway maintenance worker, swim instructor, farm laborer, and manager of a miniature golf course.  When those careers did not work out, he turned to the law.

Steven H. Schram

Practice Focus:

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

Professional Fact:

Steve began his career as an audit staff member with Ernst & Young, CPAs.

Fun Fact:

Steve communicates with his wife Maria via first class mail.  It is the only way that he is certain she will actually receive and review what he needs her to focus on.

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 is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Washington, DC Real Estate Group.

Fun Fact:

Reed is an accomplished mountain climber (snow and ice and technical rock climbing).

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 fierce and relentless negotiator when the situation requires.

Fun Fact:

Ron enjoys spending summers with his family in Martha's Vineyard.

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 scored the winning points that allowed her high school basketball team to bring home the regional trophy in 1977.

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:

Ann organizes groups to participate in and raises money for annual walks for charities.

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 played flanker on her college rugby team and thereafter with a women’s club.  She has a few scars to prove it.

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 enjoys reading history when taking the subway to work, even if it makes the daily commute seem a tad inconsequential by comparison.

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 trekked in the Nepalese Himalayas for a few weeks before attending graduate school at Northwestern.

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 loves to bake, but isn’t so keen on cooking. One of her favorite recipes is chocolate chunk sea salt cookies, which earn her rave reviews from family and friends.

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 earned his undergraduate degree in Police Administration and once considered a career at the FBI before deciding to attend law school. He chose to attend Syracuse University College of Law because students could appear in court, where they could help indigent people with their legal needs. 

Fun Fact:

Greg spent a lot of time in arcades during his childhood and now enjoys finding, restoring and reselling old pinball machines. He says there are a lot of them to be found in old warehouses. 

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?