Michael Shapiro

Michael Shapiro

Michael Shapiro

Member, Diversity Committee; Co-chair, Internal Investigations and White-Collar Defense

2 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005
212-238-8676, Fax: 212-732-3232
mshapiro@clm.comDownload Vcard

Practice Description

Mr. Shapiro has been trying cases and arguing appeals since 1973. His current practice is divided between white-collar criminal defense, internal corporate investigations and complex civil litigation. Over the course of his career, he has handled virtually every kind of criminal case imaginable from antitrust to zoning fraud. He has also defended individuals and businesses in matters all over the country and around the world including Bermuda, Hong Kong, Moscow, Miami, Los Angeles, Detroit and Macon, Georgia. Included in America’s Best Lawyers, a perennial SuperLawyer and a member of the by-invitation-only New York Council of Defense Lawyers, he is recognized by his peers for his skilled advocacy. 
Mr. Shapiro believes that clients are served and cases are won by scrupulous attention to detail, incessant preparation, thorough cross examination and the resources of a law firm that is second to none. Mr. Shapiro understands that when an individual’s or business’s legal life is at stake the highest level of skill, creativity and knowledge must be employed to achieve success.


  • 1974 New York
  • 1975 U.S. District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • 1980 U.S. Supreme Court
  • 1986 U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • 1989 U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • 2006 U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • 2006 U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • 2009 U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit


  • New York State Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Life Member)
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • New York City Criminal Bar Association
  • New York County Lawyers Association
  • Westchester Bar Association
  • New York Council of Defense Lawyers


  • 1976-1983 Opera Studio
  • 1985-1998 Meseritzer Federal Credit Union
  • 2008-Present New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Government Experience

  • 1973-1975, Assistant District Attorney, Queens County, NY
  • 1975-1977, Special Assistant Attorney General, New York State Special Prosecutor for Nursing Homes, Health and Social Services
  • 1977-1985, Special Assistant Attorney General, Chief Appellate Counsel, New York State Special Prosecutor for Corruption

Media Experience

  • 1994-1995 Legal Analyst, In Depth with Chris Matthews


  • ITAP Faculty Member, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, (2000-Present)
  • Yearly Invitee, Harvard Law School, (Spring Semester)


  • B.A., 1970 City College of the City University of New York (cum laude)
  • J.D., 1973 New York University School of Law

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