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Litigator Jay Shapiro Joins White and Williams

Firm Continues Expansion in New York

May 2011

Jay Shapiro joined White and Williams in New York City as a partner in the Commercial Litigation Department. He was formerly with the New York office of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

Shapiro has more than thirty years experience as a litigator and represents clients in connection with fraud related litigation and investigations, including corporate internal investigations, criminal and regulatory enforcement and insurance fraud. Additionally, he represents clients in resolving their trademark and copyright matters.

"Jay brings a unique set of skills and experiences to the firm, and we are thrilled that he chose to come to White and Williams," said Patti Santelle, Chair of the firm's Commercial Litigation Department. "He is an excellent lawyer and his client base and capabilities will be a compliment to our existing practices."

"I am very pleased to have joined White and Williams," said Shapiro. "We already have identified several potential opportunities for me to help existing clients, as well as opportunities for the firm to serve the clients with whom I have a relationship."

Shapiro began his legal career as a prosecutor in the Bronx County District Attorney's Office (1980-1988) and later joined the King's County District Attorney's Office (1990-2002) where he became the Deputy District Attorney in charge of the Rackets Division before going into private practice. He has tried more than 35 cases in state and federal court. He has been recognized for his anti-counterfeiting efforts by the Recording Industry Association of America, the Motion Picture Association of America and the New York City Police Department, and has spoken on trademark counterfeiting issues to the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition and federal agencies.

Shapiro is one of nearly a dozen lawyers to join the firm in New York over the past year. Firm Managing Partner Guy Cellucci commented, "Jay's practice is a positive addition to our growing presence and practice capabilities in New York. We have built a strong platform for growth in the region, and we are pleased that lawyers in the City understand that."

Shapiro was the First Recipient of the New York State Insurance Department's Bureau of Fraud Investigation Director's Award. He has written and co-authored numerous publications. A frequent lecturer, Shapiro was an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School (1989 to 2004) and served as a Faculty Member of the New York Prosecutors Training Institute, the New York City Police Department's Criminal Investigators' Course and the New York City Fire Marshal's Training Program. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Criminal Justice Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Shapiro is admitted to practice in New York, the U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. He received his A.B. from Middlebury College and earned his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. 

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