Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

“Every time I work with them, they always give me the right advice – even though it’s not always profitable for the firm.”

Bruce Hoffman – Vice President, Gilbane Building Company and former Executive Director, Maryland Stadium Authority

Our Story

Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram planted its roots more than 30 years ago, when three young attorneys named Ron Shapiro, Judd Lifschitz and Steve Schram met and began a relationship that has spanned decades. Meeting at the renowned Washington, DC law firm of Danzansky, Dickey, Tydings, Quint and Gordon and continuing with that firm's successor, Ron, Judd and Steve honed their legal skills while making their way up the Big Firm ladder, all the while becoming a powerful legal team and cultivating the closest of personal friendships. By the time Ron and Judd decided in March of 1991 to set out on their own, they had developed into highly accomplished and recognized practitioners, well-armed to use their ample experience to offer winning solutions for clients in their own boutique shop, where their passion for law could truly shine.

First opening their doors as Shapiro and Lifschitz (the "Schram" component was still honing his skills as the CFO, COO and General Counsel of a mid-sized retailer), Ron and Judd handpicked a talented and experienced group of attorneys and para professionals to join them. With their Big Firm experience and training behind them, and fueled by their passion to serve clients with solutions that made a genuine difference, they set out to build a boutique law firm where success would be judged by the quality of the work – not by the size of the firm. In 1992, the trio of friends was reunited when Steve rejoined Ron and Judd and the firm became Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram. Under Steve's added managerial leadership, the firm continued to grow its already strong regional and national reputation.

As the firm's practice and reputation grew, it moved from its original modest offices at 1500 K Street NW to the historic Evening Star Building on Pennsylvania Avenue. In 2001, the firm purchased a historic townhouse and after a year of significant renovation, moved into its current offices at 1742 N Street NW. Befitting the creative but practical personalities of its partners, the firm enjoys being quietly nestled into a side street close to Dupont Circle in a four-story brownstone built in the late 1800s. With its spiral staircase, tall ceilings and French windows, the firm has created a working environment that is – like its attorneys - unique, fun and very productive.

While many law firms count their success by their number of lawyers, Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram continues to shun that mindset for the tenet that led to its formation: that success should be measured by the quality of their work and the strength of their client relationships. That is why all manner of clients - regional and national, private and public, large and small - have entrusted this small boutique law firm time and again to represent them in their most critical commercial litigation, trials, and transactions. With a friendship that continues to grow deeper, and armed with far more experience for client solutions, Ron, Judd and Steve, along with the balance of the firm's attorneys and staff, share a passion for law that will never run dry.

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?