Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

“I have confidence that my guys are at least as good as the opposing counsel – always!”

Skip Kriss – Executive Vice President, The Richmond Corporation

 

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

Fun Fact:

Before college, George grew up living in Cambridge, MA, Dallas, TX, Alexandria, VA, Chicago, IL, South Bend, IN and San Antonio, TX in homes within 5 miles of a college or university.

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:

Bob is fascinated with cars and subscribes to four car magazines.  He usually trades a car in for a new one when it's time for the second oil change.

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 was an accomplished saxophone player in high school. Steve's wife, who has never heard Steve play a melody on the saxophone, claims that saxophone players are the sexiest men alive.

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:

Following law school, Reed clerked for the Honorable Paul Mannes, former Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Maryland.

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 served as the previous editor of the National Property Law Digest and the Digest of Environmental Law of Real Property.

Fun Fact:

Ron played some high school basketball and graduated with more career personal fouls than points.

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'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 has extensive experience in civil litigation at both the trial court and appellate level.

Fun Fact:

Laura comes from a large family; she has five sisters and three brothers as well as four nieces and four nephews (so far).

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 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 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?