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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 25 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; he is consistently selected by Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America as a leading lawyer in the areas of business litigation and white collar criminal defense; and he is 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, Latin America and Asia.

Publications & News

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September 16, 2016

WilmerHale Named Industry's Most Impressive Investigations Practice by GIR

WilmerHale has been named the Most Impressive Investigations Practice of the Year by Global Investigations Review for its cross-border work in both high-profile internal and government-led investigations.

September 14, 2016

LMG Life Sciences Recognizes WilmerHale in Multiple Categories on 2016 Award Shortlist

In its annual recognition of the top law firms, lawyers and in-house counsel in the life sciences industry, LMG Life Sciences named WilmerHale to its 2016 award shortlist.

September 9, 2016

WilmerHale's FCPA Practice Lands GIR “Elite” Ranking

Global Investigations Review Just Anti-Corruption recently gave WilmerHale's Washington DC office an “elite” ranking for its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) practice, putting it among the top firms in the nation's capital.

August 15, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2017 Best Lawyers in America®, Six Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 101 WilmerHale lawyers and names six partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 23rd edition.

June 22, 2016

The Legal 500 United States 2016 Recognizes 111 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 30 Practice Areas

The guide's rankings are based on a series of criteria, including client feedback, interviews with private practice lawyers, and its own research.

May 27, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2016 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2016 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 47 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 82 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

December 7, 2015

Supreme Court To Address Permissibility and Scope of Implied Certification Liability Under the False Claims Act

On Friday, December 4, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case raising the questions of whether implied certification liability is permissible under the False Claims Act and, if so, under what circumstances.

September 14, 2015

LMG Life Sciences Release 2015 Rankings, Again Names WilmerHale a "Life Cycle Firm"

In its latest edition, LMG Life Sciences recognizes eight WilmerHale practice areas and 16 attorneys, and for the fourth consecutive year names WilmerHale a "Life Cycle Firm."

September 10, 2015

DOJ Outlines New Policy Regarding White Collar Cases Against Individuals

The Department of Justice has released a new policy intended to further the Department’s effort to hold individuals accountable for corporate wrongdoing. 

May 19, 2015

WilmerHale Practices, Lawyers Ranked Among Nation’s Best by Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2015 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 46 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale attorneys as leaders in their respective fields.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as a DC leader in the Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations field in the 2010-2016 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2011-2017 editions of Best Lawyers in America in the areas of bet-the-company litigation, real estate law, and criminal defense: white collar
  • Named to LMG Life Sciences' shortlist for 2016 Government Investigations Attorney of the Year
  • Selected by clients and peers as being among the world's leading investigations lawyers in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions of Global Investigations Review's Who's Who Legal: Investigations, and was also recognized in the 2015 edition of Who's Who Legal: Business Crime Defence
  • Consistently recommended by The Legal 500 United States for his white-collar criminal defense and commercial litigation practices
  • Listed in each edition of the Expert Guide to the World's Leading White Collar Crime Lawyers since 2008
  • Named a "Life Sciences Star" in the 2012-2015 editions of LMG Life Sciences  for government enforcement/investigations
  • Recognized as one of Washington DC's "Top 100" lawyers in the 2014 edition of Super Lawyers, and recognized for his criminal defense/white collar and general litigation practices in the 2008-2016 editions

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

Government Experience

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