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LauraFraher

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"I efficiently explore all possible solutions to achieve my clients' goals and leave no stone unturned in the search for creative arguments and solutions."

Overview

Biography

With over two decades of commercial litigation experience, Laura focuses her practice on complex commercial and construction litigation, including power and energy construction matters. Laura is a creative and compelling advocate who strategically guides clients toward effective solutions at all stages of the dispute process, including litigating in state and federal courts, in arbitrations, and at the appellate level. 

In addition to her litigation practice, Laura has extensive transactional experience drafting, negotiating, and providing strategic advice to clients regarding construction contracts for large-scale projects, including commercial, residential, and EPC contracts for power plant and industrial facility projects.

Bar Associations

  • Maryland State Bar Association, Construction Law Section and Litigation Law Section
  • District of Columbia LGBTQ+ Bar Association

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Barclay Damon’s Women’s Forum
  • Construction Lawyer’s Society of America, Fellow
Experience

Representative Experience

  • Successfully represented a major general contractor in achieving a favorable resolution in a fiercely contested and highly publicized case involving the Silver Spring Transit Center project in Montgomery County, Maryland. After four weeks of a jury trial, the county dropped its multimillion-dollar claims and agreed to pay our client $3 million on the client's affirmative claims. The case involved highly technical issues regarding concrete construction, schedule analysis, and damages.

Prior Experience

  • Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram, Attorney
  • Cahill Gordon & Reindel, Associate
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Honorable Joanna Seybert, Law Clerk
  • Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Associate

Selected Community Activities

  • SMYAL, Board Member and Major Donor Committee Co-Chair
  • Team DC, Former Vice President and Board Member

Selected Honors

  • Selected to Super Lawyers, Washington DC: Construction Litigation, 2017–2024

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We're Growing in DC!

We’re excited to announce Barclay Damon’s combination with Washington DC–based Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram. SLS’s 10 lawyers, three paralegals, and four administrative staff will join Barclay Damon while maintaining their current office in DC’s central business district. Our clients will benefit from SLS’s corporate, real estate, finance, and construction litigation experience and national energy-industry profile, and their clients from our full range of services.

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