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Local Litigation Star

Practice area:

Intellectual property
White collar crime

Saul Shapiro is Chair of the Firm’s Litigation department, a group of more than 125 lawyers. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, as well as intellectual property disputes. He has won the dismissal of numerous cases on pre-trial motions. He has also been lead counsel in seven trials, and he has been victorious in all four of the jury trials he has taken to verdict. Mr. Shapiro is an experienced appellate lawyer, and has conducted numerous internal investigations and defended clients in many regulatory investigations. 

Mr. Shapiro also is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Media and Entertainment Practice Team, regularly representing entities ranging from major media and information services conglomerates to cable operators to internet companies in a broad range of disputes, as well as critical internal investigations. 

Mr. Shapiro is consistently recognized as a leading practitioner in his field. Chambers USA has said Mr. Shapiro is “a highly regarded player,” and is “known for handling high-stakes litigation, both commercial and media and entertainment focused.” Chambers quotes a client who comments that: “If we have litigation, he would be my first choice. He’s a brilliant lawyer, extremely good to work with, pragmatic and has a great personality. Whenever issues come up day to day, I call Saul.” The Legal 500 quotes a client who calls Mr. Shapiro “a key media advertising lawyer.” Mr. Shapiro has received Martindale- Hubbell’s highest “AV” rating, has been named by Super Lawyers in the area of general litigation, and is named among The Best Lawyers in America®. 

Mr. Shapiro is a 1986 graduate of Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. After law school, he clerked for the Hon. Robert L. Carter in the Southern District of New York, before joining Patterson Belknap. 

Updated Sep 2021