Washington, DC, January 19, 2018 – James F. Lee, Jr., Esq. and Jonathan C. Shoemaker, Esq. have formed a new law firm. Opening February 1, Lee/Shoemaker PLLC is dedicated to Master Planning for Design Professionals in all aspects of their business. Their new law firm’s headquarters will be located at 1400 Eye Street, Suite 200, Washington, DC.


Over the past 40+ years, Jim has developed a reputation among design professionals and lawyers alike as a tenacious and successful advocate in the courtroom. With dozens of trials and arbitrations under his belt, Jim brings his experience from the courtroom to the boardroom when counseling his clients on corporate transactional matters.

While he continues to provide strategic and tactical input on litigation matters, Jim currently focuses his practice on the business-side of operating a design firm, including corporate formation and governance, insurance and risk management related issues, and successful transition planning. Jim’s passion is for helping design firms transition corporate ownership and leadership from one generation to the next, and he is called upon by design firms of all types and sizes to assist with their transitional needs. And when design firms encounter strategic planning decisions (or worse, shareholder disputes), Jim helps his clients navigate those challenges as well. [read more]



Jonathan believes that the best solution to most problems is often the simplest: what does the contract say? Jonathan begins every new engagement seeking to understand how the parties on a construction project elected to allocate risk and responsibility before the project, and then works with his client to develop a plan for bringing the issue to resolution as expeditiously as possible consistent with the client’s goals.

Jonathan’s experience includes noteworthy appellate work on behalf of design professionals and the design professional industry. In the seminal case on the Economic Loss Rule in Maryland, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc. v. Rummel Klepper & Kahl LLP, Jonathan drafted an amicus brief on behalf of several industry leaders, including ACEC, AIA, ASCE, and NSPE. In a recent case in DC involving statute of limitations and indemnity issues, Jonathan successfully argued on behalf before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in Hensel Phelps Construction Co. v. Cooper Carry, Inc. on behalf of the architect involved in a dispute with a design-build contractor on a high-profile hotel project. [read more]