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Howard M. Shapiro

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

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.

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Locations

1875 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-663-6606
Firm Phone: 202-663-6000

Practice Areas

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation (White-Collar Criminal Defense)
  • Commercial Litigation (Accounting, Breach of Contract, Business Disputes, Civil Litigation, Complex Litigation, Fraud, SEC Enforcement, Securities, White-Collar Criminal Defense)
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar (Federal, Government Investigations, Internal Investigations, SEC Enforcement, Securities Fraud)

Education

  • Williams College (BA) (1982)
  • Yale Law School (J.D.) (1985)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, United States
  • New York, United States

Clerkships

  • United States District Court