Litigation & Trial Experience

On the litigation side, Attorney Shapiro has extensive experience in federal and state courts in Connecticut and New York, and before arbitration and mediation panels.  He has tried numerous cases to verdict.  His litigation practice focuses on commercial and complex matters including trade secrets, copyright, trademarks, securities, partnership and shareholder disputes, noncompetition, tax, employment, business torts, insurance coverage, securities, contract and property disputes.  Attorney Shapiro also regularly serves as “local counsel” for non-Connecticut-based firms that are admitted to practice pro hac vice.  Representative matters include:

  • Obtained judgments of dismissal on behalf of Stephen King accused of copyright infringement in Acker v. King,46 F.Supp.3d 168 (D. Conn. 2014)appeal dismissed, 14-3908 (2d Cir. Feb. 26, 2015) and 2019 WL 1558623;
  • Obtained judgment on behalf of taxpayer challenging tax assessments issued against him by Department of Revenue Services in Sobel v. Nicholson, 2017 WL 1240119 (under appeal);
  • Obtained judgment on behalf of insured in case brought by insurer seeking a declaratory judgment that it had no duty to defend its insured in Seneca Insurance Company v. Q Sono et al., 2018 WL 2760356;
  • Obtained judgment on behalf of in-store couponing business in claim that it breached the terms of a $3.9 million promissory note by continuing to engage in couponing business which was the subject of a sale, Alerion Investment Partners I, LP v. Valassis Communications, Inc., 2013 WL 5969059.

On the corporate side, Attorney Shapiro regularly represents and advises clients in the purchase and sale of businesses, contract negotiations, corporate governance, intellectual property matters, employment matters, risk management and blockchain technologies. As outside general counsel for numerous companies, Attorney Shapiro is available to provide day-to-day input on the many legal issues businesses encounter on a daily basis.

Attorney Shapiro is admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York, as well as before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of Connecticut. He was honored by the Fairfield County Business Journal at the 2011 40-Under-40 Awards Dinner, and was named as a “New Leader in the Law” by the Connecticut Law Tribune in 2012.

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