Ian R. Shapiro

Ian Shapiro is a partner in the Litigation department at Cooley LLP and resident in the New York office. He is the New York office's hiring partner and supervises the office's pro bono practice.

Mr. Shapiro represents individuals and companies in complicated and hard fought commercial disputes in state and federal courts throughout the country. He has represented clients in a broad range of disputes involving securities fraud, internet privacy, foreign exchange trading, leveraged buy outs, professional malpractice, insurance coverage, the First Amendment, misappropriation of trade secrets, real estate transactions, breaches of non-competes, trademark licensing, shareholder allegations against corporate officers and directors, breach of fiduciary duty, and common law fraud. He has particular experience representing his clients as plaintiffs when they have been wronged.

Mr. Shapiro's significant representations include:

Ongoing representation of the officers and directors of the Palm Restaurant Group in defense of shareholder allegations of breach of fiduciary duty arising from trademark licensing.
Ongoing representation of European bank in pursuing claims against two Fortune 500 U.S. banks for aiding and abetting a rogue foreign exchange trading scheme.
Representation of The Travelers Companies in pursuing claims against competitor for misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, and employee raiding.
Representation of global chemical company in defense of breach of contract claims arising under a $1 billion merger agreement.
Representation of the creditors of a national retailer in pursuing $1.2 billion claim against privaty equity owners and commercial lenders for precipitating the retailer's bankruptcy.
Representation of national law firm in defense of insurance coverage dispute over professional malpractice claims.
Representation of biotech company in defense of trade secret and tortious interference claims.
Representation of technology companies in enforcing and defending against non-compete and trade secret claims.
Representation of marketing agency in pursuing insurance coverage claim
Representation of real estate developer in pursuing claim to enforce real estate contract
Representation of technology company in pursuing claim to enjoin State of Utah from implementing legislation sponsored by the client's competitors to drive client out of business.

Mr. Shapiro also represents clients in criminal and regulatory investigations.

Before law school, Mr. Shapiro spent several years in New York City government, for the New York City's Mayor's office, the New York City Council, and as the chief-of-staff of one of New York's City's agencies. He was also one of Mayor Bloomberg's appointees to the Panel for Educational Policy, the successor to New York City's Board of Education, and currently serves as a director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the anti-gun group formed by Mayor Bloomberg. Drawing on this experience, he advises clients who are in disputes with New York City or New York State.

Mr. Shapiro received his B.A. from Yale College and his JD from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He clerked for the Honorable Michael B. Mukasey, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Mr. Shapiro is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and is a member of the New York State Bar.

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Areas of Practice 1) Commercial Litigation, 2) Corporate Restructuring & Bankruptcy, 3) Securities Litigation, 4) Pro Bono, 5) White Collar & Regulatory Defense and 6) Intellectual Property Litigation
Law School Harvard Law School, J.D., 2000
Admitted Year 1997
Education Yale University, B.A., 1992
Bar Member / Association New York State Bar Association
Most recent firm Cooley LLP
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