Jon Shapiro is a partner in the firm’s Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice. His practice is focused on securities litigation, government enforcement actions and commercial litigation. Mr. Shapiro has expertise in a wide range of securities matters, including class actions, securities fraud and M&A litigation. He has litigated class actions, challenges to corporate transactions and governance, and other matters regarding allegations of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, including jury and bench trials. Mr. Shapiro regularly defends and conducts internal and regulatory investigations on behalf of clients facing actions by the SEC, DOJ, FINRA and other entities.
Mr. Shapiro’s clients include public and financial services companies, officers and directors, and investment bankers. His representative experience includes multiple jury and bench trial wins and:
- Defended technology, life sciences and financial services companies against more than four dozen investor class and derivative actions alleging federal securities fraud, improper accounting, director and officer malfeasance and insider trading*
- Litigated wide array of business practices and consumer class actions (including those challenging product disclosure, advertising and labeling) and commercial and contractual disputes*
- Represented issuers and registrants in many parallel SEC, FINRA and United States Attorney investigations in California, New York, Washington, Massachusetts, Arizona, Colorado, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, and Washington, D.C.*
- Conducted independent investigations for boards of directors of public issuers and private funds and sponsors, including financial regulatory, accounting, and corrupt practices investigations in Asia, Europe and Latin America*
- Represented investment advisers, insurers, and broker dealers in class actions and regulatory proceedings involving the marketing, distribution and performance of mutual funds, annuities, and traditional and variable insurance*
- Defended securities class actions alleging biased research and market manipulation by investment bankers*
- Defended non-disclosure, fiduciary duty and mismanagement claims brought directly and derivatively by minority investors in close corporations, partnership and limited liability companies*
- Defended officers and directors of publicity traded bank in control contest and against disclosure claims based on filings with federal banking regulators and the SEC*
Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Shapiro served as the California Litigation Department chair for Baker Botts LLP. Mr. Shapiro began his legal career at WilmerHale LLP after completing a legal clerkship for Honorable Joseph A. Diclerico, Jr., Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire following law school.
Mr. Shapiro is a member of the American Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association.
Boston College Law School
U.S. District Court of New Hampshire, Honorable Joseph A. DiClerico
Recognition & Awards
Mr. Shapiro has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America Best Lawyers for his work in Criminal Defense: White-Collar 2022-2023.
Mr. Shapiro has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA: Litigation: Securities – California (2010-2021), whose sources describe him as “well versed in SEC reporting requirements, grasps issues quickly and adopts a pragmatic and commercial approach throughout.”
Mr. Shapiro’s publications include:
- Quoted, “‘Our rules have to evolve’: The crypto industry is trapped in regulatory purgatory,” Fortune, September 19,2022
- Quoted, “Execs’ Failure to Flag Risk Led to Billions in Losses,” Agenda, August 9, 2021
- Commentator, “Giuliani faces tough test in Dominion's $1.3B defamation suit - legal experts,” Reuters, January 25, 2021
- Quoted, “Savvy or silly? Dominion's demand for $1.3 billion from ex-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell,” Westlaw Today, January 13, 2021
- Featured, “2020 California Trailblazers,” The Recorder, October 2020
- Quoted, “The Coming Wave Of COVID-19 Class Actions,” Law360, April 21, 2020
- Q&A, “Cannabis Comes Out of the Shadows in Legal Disputes,” GlobeSt, January 2, 2020
- Author, “Chris Christie Is Wrong—You Can Shorten a Government Investigation,” Bloomberg Law, May 10, 2019