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Mr. Shapiro has represented top executives of public companies.

David W. Shapiro


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Tel (415) 500 6644


State University of New York at Buffalo
J.D., 1979

Prior Experience

Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP
Cole & Deitz
U.S. Attorney’s Office, N.D. California
U.S. Attorney’s Office, Arizona
U.S. Attorney’s Office, E.D. New York

Bar Admissions

California, New York and Arizona bars

U.S. District courts for the Northern, Eastern and Central District of California, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, District of Arizona, District of Colorado, and the District of New Hampshire

Court of Appeals for the First, Second, and Ninth Circuits


Northern CA Super Lawyer in 2004 and 2006-2016

Law Dragon 500 in 2012 and 2013

American Bar Association

National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

Mr. Shapiro has been asked to speak at numerous judicial, attorney, and corporate conferences on a variety of topics, including securities fraud, joint defense agreements, the death penalty, and terrorism.

The former United States Attorney in San Francisco, David Shapiro served for 16 years as a federal prosecutor in several offices – the Eastern District of New York, the District of Arizona, and finally, between 1995 and 2002, the Northern District of California.

When Mr. Shapiro left government service in August 2002, he joined Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, leading the San Francisco-area office as administrative partner for 8 years.

Areas of Practice

Over the past 10 years, Mr. Shapiro has handled complex civil and criminal litigation, including securities class actions (plaintiff and defense), environmental cases, First Amendment law, and investigations and corporate governance reviews. He conducts internal investigations for corporate clients involving allegations regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, breaches of fiduciary duty, and computer and other potential crimes.

Mr. Shapiro represented American Express, Tyco International, Qwest Communications, Copper River Management, and Siemens Healthcare, among other large corporations. He has represented top executives of public companies in grand jury investigations in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. He has also represented The San Francisco Chronicle in response to federal government subpoenas to journalists, and a journalist arrested while covering a story in Tucson, Arizona.  He regularly represents hedge funds and short-biased analysts in responding to government requests for information, filing whistleblower complaints, and litigating subpoenas.

As a white-collar criminal defense attorney, Mr. Shapiro has also successfully convinced the government not to indict clients, such as a vice-chairman of a Fortune 100 company for alleged FCPA violations in Europe, a CFO of a large public company for alleged accounting fraud, and a Fortune 500 company for alleged FCPA violations in China.

Trial Experience

While a federal prosecutor, Mr. Shapiro tried accounting fraud, political corruption, tax evasion, RICO, and narcotics cases. For example, United States v. Jain and Allen (executives of Media Vision Technology, Inc. for financial accounting fraud); United States v. Gray (federal excise tax fraud); United States v. Pitera (one of the first federal death penalty cases in the country after the re-introduction of the federal death penalty in 1988)

Over the past few years, Mr. Shapiro has tried:

  • Hoffman v. American Express, No. 2001-022881, California Superior Court, Alameda County) (14-week trial consumer class action; judgment for client American Express);
  • In Re Qwest Communications International, Inc. Securities – District of Colorado, 06-CV-17880-REB-PAC (MDL Docket No. 1788 ) (1-week injunction hearing; judgment for client Qwest);
  • Rincon EV Realty LLC v. CP III Rincon Towers, Inc., CGC 10-496887 (San Francisco Superior Court) (4-week trial commercial real estate dispute);
  • United States v. Stinn (07-CR-113-EDNY) (8-week week criminal accounting fraud jury trial against a CEO of a public company in EDNY);
  • Koenig v. Blanco, Case No. 26-23804 (Napa County Superior Court) (jury verdict for client and an award of 100% of client’s attorney fees).


Government Service

United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of California
     United States Attorney    2000-2002 
     Chief, Criminal Division    1998-2000 
     Assistant United States Attorney    1995-1998

United States Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona
     Assistant United States Attorney    1992-1995 

United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York
     Chief, Narcotics Section    1989-1991 
     Assistant United States Attorney    1986-1992 


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