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:

Judd is the author of District of Columbia Construction Law, a recent and comprehensive reference book.

Fun Fact:

When Judd "runs away" from the stress of practicing law he goes hiking, mountain climbing and even rappelling in the deserts of Israel.

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 stays on the cutting edge of both law and technology.

Fun Fact:

Every school George attended from middle school to law school had the same school colors - blue and orange.

Robert A. Foster

Practice Focus:

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

Professional Fact:

Bob has served as editor of the National Property Law Digest, National Financing Law Digest and Digest of Environmental Law of Real Property.

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 is a Martindale-Hubbell AV rated attorney.

Fun Fact:

Steve has sported a beard/mustache for 31 years. Once, he shaved his beard off and immediately grew it back when his then four-year old daughter, Lauren, became hysterical at the sight of him.Steve has sported a beard/mustache for 31 years. Once, he shaved his beard off and immediately grew it back when his then four-year old daughter, Lauren, became hysterical at the sight of him.

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:

Prior to Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram, Reed was associated with DLA Piper and Dickstein Shapiro, LLP.

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 Martindale-Hubbell AV rated attorney.

Fun Fact:

Ron is an avid University of Michigan football fan.

Susan A. Hubert

Practice Focus:

Director of Administration

Professional Fact:

Susan is actively involved in the National and Capital Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators.

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 is a past board member of the National Capital Area Paralegals Association.

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 a fan of musical theatre.  Her favorite musical is Rent, which she saw on Broadway more than ten times.

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. met her husband Todd in law school. They now have three children, Bella, Calla and Desmond.

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 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 practiced in large law firms for 30 years before bringing his expertise to SLS. At SLS he can provide deeper and better service to his clients and conflicts are extremely minimal. 

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’s grandfather used to enjoy tinkering and fixing old items like toasters and electronic devices. He taught Greg as a young child, and now Greg is a “Mr. Fix-It” and very handy around his house.

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?