Akiva Shapiro is an associate in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s New York office, where he is a member of the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group, as well as its Appellate and Constitutional Law Practice Group. Mr. Shapiro’s practice focuses on a broad range of appellate, constitutional, criminal, 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 the U.S. Supreme Court, federal and state courts of appeal, and New York’s trial courts.
Some representative matters in which Mr. Shapiro has been involved include: Obtaining a temporary restraining order and summary judgment ruling to prevent the implementation of a state law affecting the New York City taxi industry on the grounds that it was improperly passed without City Council approval; persuading a New York appellate court to grant an emergency stay, and issue a precedent-setting ruling on the merits, preventing the NYPD from continuing to target the ticket-sales practices of an entertainment venue; defeating, on behalf of national medical organizations, a request to enjoin a parental consent law in connection with a circumcision procedure known to increase the risk of infectious disease transmission; and a wide range of commercial disputes involving—among other things—fraud, breach of contract, intellectual property, and class action 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 immigration, and separation of powers contexts. He has submitted amicus briefs on behalf of Members of Congress, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Immigrant Defense Project, and others, and he is currently leading the trial team in a suit to protect the religious land use and First Amendment rights of a New Jersey synagogue. For his work on those cases, among others, Mr. Shapiro was twice nominated for the Frank Wheat Award, given to lawyers in the Firm who demonstrate leadership and obtain significant results for their pro bono clients.
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 Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities and the recipient of a Yale University Fellowship. In 2001, Mr. Shapiro 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, and he sits on the Board of Governors of the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists.
Mr. Shapiro regularly speaks on constitutional and legal ethics topics, and he has published “Should the Lower Courts Save Taxpayer Standing?” in The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process, 10 J. APP. PRAC. & PROCESS 273 (2009).