M&T Bank Presents CEOs You Should Know

M&T Bank Presents CEOs You Should Know

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Sam Spiritos, Managing Shareholder, Shulman Rogers

Sam Spiritos’ clients recognize him as a sophisticated transactional attorney, trusted business advisor and an effective negotiator who truly understands their business needs. Over the course of his thirty-plus year career of successful deal-making, Sam has developed not only a masterful legal ability, but also strong relationships with many key players in the real estate industry and markets throughout the country, including regionally in DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia. He draws upon this experience (which includes training at a “big law” firm), along with his business focused education credentials, to provide efficient legal services and strategic guidance that enables his clients to succeed and grow.

“We call him when we need a high degree of sophistication, knowledge of and relationships within the greater D.C. real estate market.He’s one of the most connected people in the field, and his willingness to make introductions to other players along with his skills, have always benefited me.He takes my business so seriously, one might think it was his own.”

– Steve Cumbie, NVCommercial, Inc.

A nationally-recognized authority on hospitality-related issues, Sam chairs the firm’s Hospitality Practice, focusing on deal structuring, purchase and sale contracts, franchise agreements, management agreements, financings (representing creditors and owners), joint ventures, construction and development. Clients include international hotel owners and operators, boutique hotel groups, casino and gaming operators and private clubs who benefit from Sam’s unique skill set, his strong business sense and the 360° perspective he brings to every transaction.

Sam has proudly served as Managing Shareholder of Shulman Rogers since 2013 and has deftly navigated the firm through many changes, including the unprecedented and unforeseeable challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. He appreciates that his leadership position has afforded him the opportunity to develop relationships with business leaders and elected officials, and that he can extend those relationships to make valuable connections for his clients.

In addition to being Managing Shareholder, Sam actively advises clients in commercial real estate transactions involving all asset classes. In this role, he serves many of the preeminent players in some of the largest and most complex acquisition and development projects nationwide and in the DC Metropolitan area. In the financing arena, Sam represents lenders and borrowers in commercial loan transactions, particularly acquisitions and development financings, construction and permanent loans, mezzanine and bridge loans, retail, office and hotel development and financings.

Clients consistently express their appreciation to Sam for his pragmatic and on-point legal advice, business sense and for the meaningful connections to deals, investors, lenders and other opportunities that he generates for them.

“I trust and value his judgment as a lawyer and a business advisor. He’s also the best at thinking ahead in terms of who I need to meet.”

– Charles Gravely, Zuckerman Gravely

“Sam is always looking to introduce us to development or acquisition opportunities, and we have capitalized on Sam’s relationships.”

– Cameron Pratt, Foulger-Pratt Companies

Recognized for his thought leadership, Sam is frequently invited to speak at industry events including the ALIS Hotel Conference (Negotiating Hotel Acquisition Agreements) and The Lodging Conference (COVID related CMBS Workouts and Negotiating Franchise Agreements).

Shulman Rogers is a full service law firm with its principal office located in Potomac, Maryland and branch offices in Tysons Corner and Arlington, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Today there are nearly 90 attorneys, 29 legal assistants and more than 70 other staff and support personnel organized into six general operating departments - Business and Financial Services; Real Estate; Commercial Litigation; Technology, Media and Telecommunications; Trusts and Estates; and Medical Malpractice/Personal Injury. Within each department of Shulman Rogers are multiple practice groups concentrating on specific legal areas.

The Business and Financial Services Department routinely provides its clients with advice pertaining to employment, securities, mergers and acquisitions, tax, intellectual property, business planning, commercial transactions, government contracting and many other areas of corporate and commercial law. The Real Estate Department has extensive experience in a broad range of real estate transactions, with a strong emphasis on leasing, landlord-tenant, commercial development, hospitality, acquisition and sales and related matters. The Commercial Litigation Department has experience in general and complex corporate and real estate-related litigation. The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Department represents public safety entities, frequency coordination committees, private system users and large & small SMR licensees, providing complete application preparation services with an experienced staff. The Trusts and Estates Department carefully tailors services to meet the individual needs and circumstances of each client. The Firm also has an extensive Medical Malpractice/Personal Injury Department to handle personal litigation matters.

Shulman Rogers has garnered a reputation for providing quality representation, business insight and client value. In addition to legal services, the partners provide their clients with sound strategic planning and good business advice, focusing energy on how to make a business opportunity work as opposed to dwelling on the reasons why it won’t. The Firm also supports its clients by creating opportunities, through its vast client base, for financing procurement, joint venture possibilities and client-to-client business referrals.

Experience, breadth of knowledge and commitment to excellence enables the Firm to provide high quality legal services at a reasonable fee.As a result, the Firm is an attractive alternative to larger, higher-priced law firms and to smaller, less diverse firms in the Washington area. You can learn more about Shulman Rogers by visiting our website at ShulmanRogers.com.


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