Mr. Shapiro’s practice focuses on a broad range of constitutional, criminal, appellate, and complex commercial litigation matters, often involving high-stakes challenges to the policies and legal determinations of government actors. Mr. Shapiro is regularly engaged in front of New York’s trial courts, federal and state courts of appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Shapiro has represented companies in the real estate, transportation, advertising, and tourism industries, among others, in bringing constitutional and other exceeding-the-scope-of-authority cases against the City and State of New York and other government entities, and has on numerous occasions obtained emergency relief blocking the imminent implementation of statutes, rules, and official policies. He has also represented clients in a wide range of commercial disputes and criminal proceedings involving—among other things—fraud, breach of contract, intellectual property, class action, forgery, and attempted armed robbery claims.
Mr. Shapiro has participated in the preparation of numerous
certiorari and merits stage briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court, including as principal architect and author of a number of
amicus briefs relied on by the Court in the constitutional, criminal, and separation of powers contexts. His clients have included Members of Congress, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Immigrant Defense Project.
For his successes in a number of high-profile pro bono cases, Mr. Shapiro was named one of
The Jewish Week’s “36 under 36” up-and-coming leaders in the Jewish community in 2014. He was also twice nominated for the Frank Wheat Award, given to Gibson Dunn lawyers who demonstrate leadership and obtain significant results for their pro bono clients, and he sits on the Board of Governors of the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists.
Mr. Shapiro earned his Juris Doctor in 2008 from Columbia Law School, where he was a senior editor of the
Columbia Law Review, a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and a semifinalist in the Harlan Fiske Stone Honors Moot Court competition. After law school, he served as a research assistant to Judge Debra Livingston of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and to Professor Harold Edgar. Mr. Shapiro also received a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies from Yale University, where he was a member of the
Journal of Law and the Humanities. In 2001, he graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Mr. Shapiro is admitted to practice in the State of New York, before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Mr. Shapiro frequently publishes articles and speaks on constitutional and other legal topics, including brief writing, legal ethics, and Talmudic law and legal theory.
Author, “Is Jerusalem in Israel? Ask the Supreme Court,” Wall Street Journal, Nov. 2, 2014.
Author, “Burt v. Titlow and the Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Record,” JURIST, January 20, 2014.
Author, “In Defense of Parental Consent for ‘Metzitzah B’Peh,’” Jewish Press, Oct. 16, 2013.
Author, “Don’t Fight Circumcision Law,” Tablet Magazine, September 21, 2012.
Author, “Should the Lower Courts Save Taxpayer Standing?,” The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process, 10 J. APP. PRAC. & PROCESS 273, 2009.
“Herpes in newborns raise concerns about oral suction circumcisions city officials hope to regulate practice,” New York Daily News, August 3, 2014
“Balancing Religious Liberties and Child Safety: Akiva Shapiro,” The Jewish Week, June 6, 2014.
“Swatch Group and Stuhrling Settle ‘Men in Black’ Watch Lawsuit,” Gevril Group Blog, June 17, 2013.
“Judge Rules Circumcision Consent Law is Legal,” The Jewish Daily Forward, January 10, 2013.
“Lawn Cross Becomes First Amendment Flash Point,” Huffington Post, August 5, 2011.