Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram Grows Construction Law and Trial Practice

John Bergin Brings Substantial Commercial Litigation and Construction Practice Experience to Boutique Washington, D.C. Firm

WASHINGTON, DC – May 22 2011 – Enhancing its already thriving and highly regarded Construction Law and Trial practices and adding experienced and dynamic leadership, Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram, P.C. announces John T. Bergin has joined the firm as Vice President and Senior Counsel.

Bergin, who also focuses his practice in government contracts and complex commercial litigation, comes from a top-tier global law firm and brings a tremendous level of experience and passion to the firm. He has navigated more than 50 jury and bench trials to verdict both in federal and state courts. In addition to representing clients in a wide range of complex commercial litigation matters, Bergin also represents clients on private and public construction projects. This includes Major League Baseball and National Football League stadiums, power plants, schools, hospitals and other types of projects both in the United States and abroad. Most recently, he obtained a complete defense verdict after a six-week trial on more than $20 million of claims against a national construction-management firm resulting from the construction of a professional sports stadium.

“John brings an expertise in construction law and trial practice that will strengthen and grow our practice in so many ways,” said Judah Lifschitz, co-president of Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram. “As we mark our twentieth anniversary, we look forward to John becoming an integral member of our team. He adds great promise and leadership potential for our future.”

Previously, Bergin practiced in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP where he was a partner in the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Construction Practice Groups. “Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram is a perfect fit for my skill set and career goals,” Bergin said. “I’m looking forward to collaborating with these talented attorneys and being a part of the firm’s leadership initiatives.”

Bergin received his Bachelor of Arts degree from The Catholic University of America and his Juris Doctor from the American University Washington College of Law. He is admitted to the District of Columbia Bar, the Maryland Bar, and the Virginia Bar.

Celebrating its twentieth anniversary, Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram is a boutique Washington, D.C.-based law firm renowned for its repeated success in “must-win” cases. In addition to its commercial litigation practice, the firm’s main areas of focus are business/commercial transactions, construction, and real estate law. The firm’s attorneys use their collective experience and passion for the law to deliver customized and successful solutions for their national roster of clients. For more information, visit

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