Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

“Their practice is more like an art form – they approach it with absolute creativity!”

Edward P. Rudden – President and Owner, Accordia Consulting

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:

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

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 lectured and published in the area of environmental law.

Fun Fact:

Bob grew up in Illinois and is an Abraham Lincoln buff.

Steven H. Schram

Practice Focus:

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

Professional Fact:

Steve is Co-President of Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram and serves as the firm's managing principal.

Fun Fact:

Steve prepares a multi-page detailed itinerary for every family trip.  It includes details such as "relaxing at the pool," "afternoon naps," etc.

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 has traveled around the world and once spent three months on a solo backpacking trip through Indonesia, Vietnam, Nepal and Northern India.

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:

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

Fun Fact:

Susan's favorite author is Stephen King.

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:

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 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. and her family enjoy adventurous vacations such as hiking in Alaska’s Denali National Park and skiing Copper Mountain in Colorado.

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:

As a teenager, Chris was the manager of his small town cinema, collecting tickets, running the film projectors, working the concessions stand, changing the marquee and viewing more grade B movies than anyone should be forced to view.

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 Shipe

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!

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?