Daniel A. Kapner

As a member of the firm’s Trial Practice, Construction Law, and Power & Energy Construction groups, Daniel A. Kapner (“Dan”) routinely advises local, regional, and national clients in various sectors of the construction industry on contract and commercial disputes, mechanics lien claims, construction defect claims, design errors and omissions, real estate and property disputes, and contract drafting. The desire to fix problems is a fundamental part of Dan’s personality and he takes pride in being considered a trusted advisor to his clients, colleagues, family, and friends. The practice of law allows Dan to fully engage, stretch his mind, and help make people’s lives better.

Dan has provided legal counsel in a variety of large and complex projects, including large-scale commercial and residential development projects, power plants, an international airport terminal, mining projects, condominiums, and hotels.

Prior to joining Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram, Dan was an associate at an AmLaw 15 firm where he represented clients in disputes relating to engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) projects, joint ventures, government contracts, and insurance matters. Dan also served as Special Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. Prior to law school, Dan worked in multiple positions for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel. And in fact, in 2005-2006, Dan served as Israel's speechwriter at the United Nations.

Named a “Rising Star” in the field of construction litigation by SuperLawyers magazine, Dan takes his service to community seriously as well. Deeply committed to performing pro bono services and on the Board of Directors as Secretary of Sulam, Dan also contributes to public service through his membership in the Rotary Club of Washington, DC.

  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2009
  • MSc, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2004, with honors
  • University of Massachusetts, B.A., 2001, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Virginia
  • Tips and tactics for negotiating and drafting EPC contracts for power and energy projects, Energy & Mining International, July 8, 2018
  • What Next? Key Steps Following a Structural Collapse or Other Crisis Caused by Defective Work, Construction Executive Magazine, May 23, 2018
  • The Aftermath; Hurricanes shouldn't be the end for your projects, Construction Today Magazine, Dec\ember 2017
  • “Three Onerous Contract Provisions to Avoid,” Construction Executive magazine, October 2016
  • “Key Considerations When Choosing Arbitration, Litigation or Mediation in Construction Contracts,” Construction Executive Risk Management, January 2016
  • “Telling the Owner’s Story: The Art of Winning a Delay Claim,” The Voice magazine – CURT, November 2015
  • “Ten Best Practices for Negotiating EPC Contracts,” Construction Executive magazine, Sept. 2015
  • “Fired Up and Ready to Go,” The Voice magazine – CURT, November 2014
  • “Navigating a Contractor’s Deteriorating Financial Condition: An Owner’s Perspective,” Construction Executive Risk Management, September 2014
  • “Avoiding Double Recovery,” Construction Today, April 2014
  • “Q&A About the 2015 Amendments to the AAA Construction Rules,” Under Construction, newsletter of the ABA Forum on Construction Law, Vol. 17 No. 3, January 2015
  • ABA Construction Industry Forum
  • American Bar Association
  • Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc., Metro Washington Chapter
  • Construction Users Roundtable (Friend of CURT)
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Construction Law Section
    • Washington, D.C. "Super Lawyer", Super Lawyers Magazine