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Howard M. Shapiro

Partner

Chair, Litigation/Controversy Department

Shapiro, Howard

Howard Shapiro is the chair of the Litigation/Controversy Department and a member of the Securities Department.

Mr. Shapiro, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, has 20 years of courtroom experience as a trial lawyer in civil and criminal matters, and has been repeatedly recognized as one of Washington’s leading lawyers. In 2002, 2009 and 2011 he was named by Washingtonian magazine as one of the top lawyers in the District of Columbia; in 2004, he was voted the “Leading Lawyer in Litigation” in a poll of the DC legal community conducted by the Legal Times; and he is consistently selected by Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America as a leading lawyer in the areas of business litigation and white collar criminal defense. In 2008, Mr. Shapiro was also listed in the Expert Guide to the World's Leading White Collar Crime Lawyers.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Shapiro served as the General Counsel of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1993 to 1997. In 1997, Mr. Shapiro was awarded the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal by the Director of Central Intelligence. He was previously a much-decorated Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he tried numerous cases ranging from bank fraud and political corruption to organized crime and narcotics. During his tenure as an AUSA, Mr. Shapiro was specially assigned by the Justice Department to investigate and prosecute the notorious mail bombing assassinations of former United States Circuit Judge Robert Vance and former civil rights attorney Robert Robinson.

Practice

Mr. Shapiro’s practice is focused largely on white collar criminal defense, complex commercial litigation and securities enforcement matters. He recently led the trial team that won a $52 million jury verdict for our client, Loral Space & Communications Holdings Corporation, in its contract dispute with Cablevision Systems Corporation and its subsidiaries. The dispute related to a joint venture the two companies formed in 1996 to launch a direct broadcast satellite service.

Mr. Shapiro previously led the trial team in IGEN International, Inc. v. Roche Diagnostics GmbH that secured a jury verdict for IGEN which allowed it to terminate its licensing agreement with Roche, IGEN’s key business objective, and awarded $505 million in damages. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit sustained the termination right, after which Roche purchased IGEN in a $1.2 billion deal. The $505 million jury verdict, which the Fourth Circuit reduced, ranked fourth in the National Law Journal’s top verdicts of 2002.

Mr. Shapiro represents numerous companies and individuals in connection with criminal investigations undertaken by the United States Department of Justice and United States Attorney’s Offices throughout the country. Mr. Shapiro has also conducted numerous sensitive internal investigations for major banking and corporate clients in the United States, England and Asia.

Publications & News

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August 15, 2013

Best Lawyers in America® 2014 Recognizes Nearly 100 WilmerHale Partners, Naming Eight “Lawyer of the Year”

Nearly 100 WilmerHale lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry. The 2014 list also highlights eight WilmerHale partners who have been named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers.

June 17, 2013

WilmerHale Earns Top Rankings in LMG Life Sciences Guide

The 2013 edition of LMG Life Sciences has been released, and it includes the recognition of nine WilmerHale practice areas and 17 attorneys.

May 24, 2013

Chambers USA 2013 Final Results Announced

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business today announced its final rankings for the 2013 edition, in which 93 WilmerHale lawyers and 44 firm practice areas have been recognized as leading in their field.

December 4, 2012

Second Circuit Invalidates Misbranding Conspiracy Conviction on First Amendment Grounds

June 7, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Final Results Announced

March 30, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Preliminary Results Announced

December 8, 2011

Washingtonian Magazine Names Eighteen WilmerHale Attorneys to "Best Lawyers" List

November 21, 2011

WilmerHale Recognized in 2012 Editions of Benchmark Litigation and Benchmark Appellate

March 15, 2011

Chambers USA 2011 Preliminary Results Announced

August 12, 2010

90 WilmerHale Lawyers Named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2011

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as a DC leader in the Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations field in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of bet-the-company litigation, real estate law, and criminal defense: white collar
  • Named a "Life Sciences Star" in the 2012 and 2013 editions of LMG Life Sciences for government enforcement/investigation

Practices

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Education

JD, Yale Law School, 1985, Articles and Book Review Editor, Yale Law Journal

BA, magna cum laude, Williams College, 1982

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

New York

Clerkships

The Hon. Pierre N. Leval, US District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1985 - 1987