Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

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Evans Barba – President and CEO, Barba Consulting


Protective Measures for Lenders Financing Deals Secured by Condominium Properties

In a September 11, 2015 Law 360 article, Shapiro Lifschitz and Schram’s B.A. Spignardo cautions that mortgage lenders should be cautious when financing deals that are secured by condominium properties. Citing Chase Plaza Condominiums Association Inc. v. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA (decided Aug.

Real Estate Forum Magazine Discusses Urbanization with B.A. Spignardo

B.A. Spignardo, a real estate attorney at Shapiro Lifschitz & Schram, was recently quoted in the September 2015 issue of Real Estate Forum’s article, Urbanization’s Impact. Discussing the lack of retail businesses to support the growing urban development trend across the U.S., she explains, “There have to be commercial and lifestyle components development to keep those that moved into the city staying in the city.

Top Ten Best Practices for Negotiating EPC Contracts

Judah Lifschitz and Daniel A. Kapner recently published an article entitled, Ten Best Practices for Negotiating EPC Contracts, in the October 2015 issue of Construction Executive magazine.

Washington Post Quotes Judah Lifschitz Regarding Silver Spring Transit Center Lawsuit

Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram (“SLS”) partner Judah Lifschitz was quoted in the Washington Post regarding the recently filed lawsuit by Montgomery County, Maryland and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority against Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc., Foulger-Pratt Contracting, LLC, and the Robert B. Balter Company concerning the construction of the Silver Spring Transit Center. SLS represents Foulger-Pratt in the lawsuit.

Judah Lifschitz Will Moderate Panel at the D.C. State of Office Program

Judah Lifschitz will moderate a panel entitled “New Developments – The Hottest Projects” at the D.C. State of Office Program scheduled on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. The program will be held at 440 First Street, NW, in a premier location, just blocks from Capital Hill. It runs from 7:30am to 10:15am and Judah’s program begins at 8:45am.

Judah Lifschitz comments on The Wharf Lawsuit

Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram partner Judah Lifschitz* was quoted in the August 14, 2015 edition of the BisNow newsletter regarding a recent lawsuit filed in D.C. federal court against the developer of The Wharf, a $2B renewal project on D.C.’s Southwest Waterfront.

EPC Contracts for Power & Energy Projects, Course Update

Judah Lifschitz recently led another very successful EUCI continuing education course in Chicago, Illinois with assistance from Daniel A. Kapner. Earlier this year Judah and Daniel presented the course in Houston, Texas and a potential Washington, D.C. program is in the planning stage.

Judah Lifschitz To Lead EUCI Course On “EPC Contracts For Power & Energy Projects”

Judah Lifschitz will be leading and Daniel A. Kapner will assist in presenting a EUCI continuing education course on EPC Contracts for Power & Energy Projects on July 29th and 30th in Chicago, Illinois. This will be the second EUCI continuing education course on EPC Contracts for Power & Energy Projects that Mr. Lifschitz has presented.

Making Charity and Service a Part of Law Firm Culture

As lawyers, we have not only a professional duty to perform pro bono work and serve our communities, but also an ethical duty.  Practicing law is a privilege, and as lawyers we are fortunate to have the tools necessary for getting things done in an increasingly complex world.  At Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram, it is our belief that law firms should encourage a culture of service, pro bono work, and charitable giving.

Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram to Receive Sulam Founder’s Award

Washington, D.C. - Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram (SLS) is pleased to announce that it has received the 2015 Founder’s Award from Sulam, an educational institution in Rockville, Md. for students with learning differences. The award was presented at a gala dinner held on June 2 at the Bethesda North Marriott & Conference Center.

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?