Jonathan Shapiro - Littler Mendelson P.C.

Jonathan Shapiro

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 207-774-6001

Jonathan Shapiro has extensive experience in employment, labor and employee benefits law and litigation. He represents employers before state and federal courts across the country in complex wage-and hour class and collective actions and cases that involve discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination and other employment matters.

Jonathan has defended executives in white-collar criminal investigations and litigation. In addition, he counsels employers on various issues concerning employment law compliance and managing a workforce, including:

  • Wage and hour compliance and exemption classification
  • Payroll practices and personnel policies and practices
  • Hiring and termination of employees
  • Audits and investigations
  • Employment agreements and severance packages for executives

Additional Information

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
McGill UniversityBA 1984Duke University School of LawJ.D. 1987
American Bar AssociationMaine State Bar AssociationMassachusetts Bar AssociationNew York State Bar Association

Client Comments

"Jonathan Shapiro is a superb business partner. As an HR professional, it is so important to have a trusted resource to help navigate the complex laws associated with employment. Jonathan has always given wonderful advice, helped me understand the options available, and protected the company when we are going down the wrong path. He is patient, responsive (available 24/7), with the highest level of integrity. I have worked in HR for over 25 years and Jonathan is the best employment attorney I have ever had the privilege of working with."

-Pam Bilash
onTargetjobs, Inc.

"He is one of the most responsive and knowledgeable attorneys we deal with in any area of practice, and he demonstrates great common and business sense in his advice. He is a model for the effective lawyer."

"Jonathan Shapiro is top notch -- professional, knowledgeable, and reasonable."

"I have managed large businesses for two Fortune 200 companies over the past 23 years and Jonathan Shapiro is by far the best employment lawyer I've ever seen."

"Jonathan Shapiro is one of the most knowledgeable and responsive attorneys with whom I have ever had the privilege of working. He demonstrates his mastery of labor and employment law on a daily basis. However, in addition to providing clear and concise answers to legal questions, he also provides creative and practical solutions to complex business challenges. Jonathan is more than just a legal resource to our business; he is a trusted partner and advisor."

"Jonathan Shapiro is our primary resource at Fisher & Phillips. Our entire HR management team has found him to be an extremely accomplished and knowledgeable resource for all employment matters. He is responsive, thorough, and has a very approachable and pleasant personality. I would recommend Jonathan to other colleagues without hesitation."

-Susan D'Agostino
Senior VP, Operations & Administration
Harris Connect LLC

"Jonathan Shapiro is responsive, thorough, consistent, and a very good listener."

-Steve VanThournout
EMC Publishing

"Jonathan Shapiro did a great job working for us. He helped us with a complicated and emotional matter. He was able to represent our corporation effectively and ethically despite the fact that our own management was divided over strategy. Our counterparty intentionally created a chaotic situation. Mr. Shapiro was able to provide clear and concise analysis of the situation and zealously advocated for the interests of our company. Mr. Shapiro earned our respect and gratitude."

-Buckley McAllister
VP and General Counsel
McAllister Towing & Transportation Co.Inc.

"Having worked with a variety of law firms through the years, my experience with Jonathan Shapiro has been outstanding. He is just a wealth of information and can break down complex issues into understandable components, which certainly makes the decision-making process easier."

-Tom Whipple
Chief Financial Officer
Marketron Broadcast Solutions

"We use Jonathan Shapiro on all types of human resources matters. Jon is very knowledgeable of all aspects of employment law. He provides excellent guidance and coaching to us when we have situations in which we have little experience. He can succinctly describe the company's defensive objectives and strategy and explain how plaintiffs and judges will view our positions. Above all, Jon is available; he doesn't pass us off to subordinates. Bottom line: We always think to call Jon whenever we have a sticky employment issue."

-James Afdahl
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
EMC Publishing

"Jonathan is very easy to deal with. His fees seem to be very reasonable, and he is very open and honest in offering advice."

-Stephen Bradshaw
Wilks Broadcasting

"I have my own HR outsourcing company and work with Mr. Shapiro in his role as employment counsel to one of my largest clients. I have always been impressed with how Mr. Shapiro and other members of his firm respond promptly and efficiently to all requests. I have a great deal of confidence in his knowledge and experience in the area of employment law. Mr. Shapiro combines his legal knowledge with a practical understanding of how to make things work on the business level. He is extremely efficient with how he spends his time on client matters. He is a pleasure to work with."

-Susan Kreeger
RealHR Solutions

"Our Company is a small publicly traded medical device manufacturer, which operates primarily in the U.S. and Canada. On an ongoing basis we deal with several law firms for our particular needs. Mr. Shapiro's support for our Company has ranged from employment issues to supplier contract negotiations. At all times, Mr. Shapiro has proven to be extremely knowledgeable, and efficient to work with. John is always mindful of the most cost-effective manner to deal with an issue. I wish I could say the same for the other firms we work with."

-Leonard Simak
President and CEO
Footmaxx Holdings Inc.

Office Location

One Monument Square, Suite 600
Portland, ME 04101
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law - Management of the Portland-ME Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Labor and Employment of the Portland-ME Metro Area
Jonathan Shapiro has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Jonathan Shapiro has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment

Other Information

Gender: Male