Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

“Their client relationship skills are truly what sets them apart from other firms.”

John Driggs – Owner, The Driggs Company, LLC

Judah Lifschitz

Practice Focus:

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

Professional Fact:

A staunch believer in mediation, Judd has successfully resolved many complex multi-million dollar disputes through mediation.

Fun Fact:

When not cross examining the opposition, Judd can be found training, boxing and playing basketball in the gym.

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 is an excellent water skier.

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:

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

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 fierce and relentless negotiator when the situation requires.

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

Fun Fact:

Susan was the MVP of her high school basketball team.

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:

What started as a hobby of collecting brooches and designing pillows, turned into a small business for Ann.

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. 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:

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 secure a historically protected property in Italy to house its study-abroad program.

Fun Fact:

Marni hitchhiked alone through Morocco as a college student. 

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:

While serving in the U.S. Army, she enjoyed traveling throughout Europe, taking trips to Italy, Lichtenstein, Holland, Belgium and France.

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?