Dan Shapira, a co-founder of the firm, is both a highly accomplished litigator and a renowned corporate counselor. With more than five decades of experience ranging from successfully prosecuting criminals to acting as principle outside counsel for one of the nation’s largest private companies, Dan also frequently serves as a mediator of complex disputes.
Recently, in Wildfire Productions, L.P. v. Team Lemieux LLC, et al., Dan spearheaded litigation and negotiated a successful resolution on behalf of a limited partner related to the sale of its partnership interests in a professional sports team.
Dan’s numerous and varied accomplishments include:
- Acting as first chair trial lawyer in complex commercial litigation, bankruptcy cases, ERISA cases, and in arbitration cases, in both non-jury and jury trials.
- Serving as a mediator in complex civil matters, family disputes and law partnership break-ups.
- Negotiating large mergers and acquisitions and accompanying agreements on behalf of a multibillion-dollar private company.
- Negotiating labor contracts with Teamsters, the construction industry, retail clerks and meat cutters.
- Negotiating withdrawal liability from national pension funds and handling related litigation.
- Representing a group of corporate and individual defendants in the Phar-Mor Securities Litigation, which was comprised of 40 consolidated suits and claims for hundreds of millions of dollars.
- Representing both plaintiffs and defendants in significant personal injury litigation.
- Conducting internal investigations of potential wrongdoing in large corporations.
- Successfully defending individuals and companies charged with white-collar offenses.
Dan served as a Deputy Attorney General and head of the Pennsylvania Crime Commission from 1972 to 1974. Subsequently, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania from 1974 to 1979 and was appointed the Chief of the White-Collar Crime Division. During his tenure in the United States Attorney’s Office, he was recipient of the Department of Justice Outstanding Performance and Special Achievement Awards and received commendations from the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a result of his successful prosecution of several sensitive, high-profile corruption cases.
Dan has also served as an instructor at Point Park and the National School of Trial Advocacy.
Dan has significant experience as a director of several technology companies, including as chairman of the board of directors of a robotics company.
- Corporate Litigation
- Labor Law
- White Collar Criminal Defense
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
- Reed Smith LLP, Pittsburgh
- University of Michigan, J.D., cum laude, 1969
- Oberlin College, B.A. in History with high honors, 1966