Andy Schapiro is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer whose practice includes class actions, intellectual property, securities and white-collar criminal litigation, product liability, punitive damages, and Supreme Court and appellate litigation. He has first-chaired 14 federal jury trials, and has argued appeals in the US Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Fifth, and Tenth Circuits, as well as various state courts.
Andy's recent trial victory on behalf of a New York Stock Exchange specialist broker accused of securities fraud garnered favorable coverage in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times. He also co-authored the brief that persuaded the Second Circuit to throw out investment banker Frank Quattrone's obstruction of justice conviction. Andy has significant experience briefing cases in the United States Supreme Court, including having served as co-counsel for Philip Morris in its recent Supreme Court victory in Philip Morris v. Williams, a case establishing new limits on punitive damages.
His clients include U-Haul International, Google Inc., Altria Group, Inc., the Las Vegas Sands Corp., Schwarz Pharma, Inc., and Pepsi Bottling Group. Andy is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he served as articles co-chair of the Harvard Law Review, and was the recipient of the Sears Prize. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and for Justice Harry Blackmun on the US Supreme Court.
Serving as lead counsel for Google and YouTube in landmark copyright litigation concerning alleged liability for the presence of infringing material on YouTube (Viacom et al. v. YouTube, Inc. and Google Inc. (S.D.N.Y., pending)).
Served as co-counsel for the New York Board of Trade in a Supreme Court case involving the limits of standing to sue under the Commodities Exchange Act; co-author of merits brief (Klein & Co. Futures, Inc. v. Board of Trade of the City of New York (US Supreme Court, 2007)).
Serving as lead counsel for a casino magnate in a dispute concerning a multi-billion dollar development in Asia; argued (and briefed) successful First Circuit appeal; handling related litigation in federal district court (Adelson v. Hananel (1st Cir. 2008)).
Served as co-counsel on appeal for a businessman convicted of wire fraud and tax fraud in connection with sales of industrial chemicals; client's conviction overturned (US v. Shellef (2d Cir. 2007)).
Served as co-counsel for Philip Morris USA in a landmark Supreme Court case establishing new limits on punitive damages; co-authored successful certiorari petition and merits briefs (Philip Morris USA v. Williams (US Supreme Court, 2007)).
Served as lead counsel at the trial for a NYSE Specialist Broker accused of securities fraud; client acquitted on all counts (US v. Scavone (S.D.N.Y. 2006)).
Co-authored the appellate brief for a well known investment banker who had been convicted of obstruction of justice; client's conviction overturned (US v. Quattrone (2d Cir. 2006)).
Serving as lead counsel for Pepsi Bottling Group in a contract and antitrust case; briefed and argued the Tenth Circuit appeal; handling ongoing litigation in the trial court (Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Pittsburg, Inc. v. Bottling Group, LLC (10th Cir. 2005)).
Served as co-counsel for Philip Morris in a successful appeal from a multi-billion consumer-fraud class action verdict (Price v. Philip Morris, Inc. (IL S. Ct. 2005)).
Briefed and argued successful Fifth Circuit Appeal for an attorney convicted of fraud, resulting in vacatur of sentence and release of client (US v. Conley (5th Cir. 2003)).
Co-authored US Chamber of Commerce's influential amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark punitive-damages case (State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Campbell (US Supreme Court, 2003)).
Represented the American Bar Association as amicus curiae in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark case banning execution of people with mental retardation (Atkins v. Virginia (US Supreme Court 2002)).
Served as co-counsel for respondent in a case involving use of public lands and statutory interpretation; co-authored certiorari petition and merits briefs (Public Lands Council v. Babbitt (US Supreme Court, 2000)).
Represented businessman charged with attempting to extort millions of dollars from a large financial institution; lead counsel at trial; client acquitted on all counts (US v. Greer (S.D.N.Y. 1997)).
Represented businessman charged with violating federal bribery statutes in connection with school construction contracts; lead counsel at trial; client acquitted on all counts (US v. Lech (S.D.N.Y. 1995)).
Investigations and grand jury proceedings: Currently representing numerous individuals and entities in investigations being conducted by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York Attorney General's office and other regulatory or prosecutorial bodies.
Harvard Law School, JD, magna cum laude, 1990; Co-Chair, Articles Office, Harvard Law Review; Sears Prize (1989), Oxford University, MA, 1987; (Marshall Scholar), Yale University, BA, magna cum laude, 1985; Phi Beta Kappa.