James A. Shapiro

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Chicago, IL

Law Office of James A. Shapiro
 | 53 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 1515
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312-782-4615
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (60%),
  • Criminal Defense (40%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • French,
  • German,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

As the founding partner of James A. Shapiro Law, James A. Shapiro has decades of experience in criminal law. As a retired Cook County judge and former state criminal defense attorney for nearly two decades, he represents clients throughout the Chicago metropolitan area who are facing state or federal misdemeanor and felony charges.

Mr. Shapiro received his bachelor's degree in history and philosophy from Trinity College in 1981. He went on to attend the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1985. While in law school he was a member of the William & Mary Moot Court, earning best oralist and first place team member. Upon graduation, he was named to the Order of the Barristers.

After graduating from law school, Mr. Shapiro was an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois. In 2003, he became an adjunct professor at The John Marshall Law School. In 2007, he was appointed as a judge for the Circuit Court of Cook County, where he was rated "Highly Qualified" by The Chicago Bar Association, its highest rating. In 2012, he went into private practice and in 2016 formed his own firm. He has been an adjunct professor of intensive trial advocacy at Loyola University School of Law.

Mr. Shapiro is admitted to practice before all Illinois state courts as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. Highly regarded by his fellow attorneys, he holds a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense: White Collar (60%)

Criminal Defense (40%): Felony, Misdemeanor

Focus Areas

Felony, Misdemeanor


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Super Lawyers: 2018

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About James Shapiro

Admitted: 1985, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://jamesshapirolaw.com/about-us-attorney-il/

Honors and Awards:

  • Moot Court Honor Society, Order of the Barrister, William and Mary, 1985
  • Designated “2007 Illinois Super Lawyer”

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1988
  • Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois including Trial Bar, 1985
  • Chair-Qualified Arbitrator, Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program, 1997-2007
  • Hearing Board Officer, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission; 1996–2007 (Chair, 1998-2007)
  • Special Assistant Attorney General, 2000-2001.
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Illinois (Civil and Criminal Divisions), 1989-1995.
  • West Suburban Bar Association
  • Chicago-Lincoln Inn of Court
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
  • Chicago Council of Lawyers
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Jewish Judges Association
  • Illinois Judges Association
  • Alliance of Illinois Judges, Director, 2011-2012
  • Decalogue Society of Lawyers, President, 2007-08

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Amicus Polonaie (Friends of Poland), 2013
  • Amicus Polonaie, Polish National Alliance, 2013

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Co-Author: Sentencing Illegal Aliens Convicted of Illegal Reentry after Deportation: A Proposal for Simplified and Principled Sentencing, 8 Fed. Sent. Rptr. 264
  • Co-Author: Federal Sentences for Aliens Convicted of Illegal Reentry Following Deportation: Who Needs the Aggravation? 9 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 451
  • Author: Choice of Law Under the Federal Tort Claims Act: Richards and Renvoi Revisited, 70 N.C. L. Rev. 641
  • Author: Comity of Errors: When Federal Sentencing Guidelines Ignore State Law Decriminalizing Sentences,41 Akron L. Rev. 231
  • Lecturer and Debater, American Criminal Justice System and American Death Penalty, German-American Institutes at Heidelberg, Freiburg, Stuttgart, Munich, Nuremberg, and Tübingen, Summer 1999 and Fall 2000
  • Author: Criminal Law Practitioners Beware, IICLE ch. 19 (App. 2010)
  • Co-Author:  Plea and Sentencing, IICLE ch. 9 (2010)
  • Featured Speaker, American Constitution Society, “Judges as Politicians: How Much Should Judicial Candidates or Nominees Reveal?” February, 2006
  • Guest Lecturer, Federal Plea Negotiations, Negotiations Seminar, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1993-2003
  • Order of the Barrister, Best Oralist and Member, First Place Team, William and Mary Federal Courts Moot Court Tournament
  • Adjunct Professor, Loyola University School of Law, 1995-1998
  • Coach, National Champion Moot Court Team, 2010
  • Adjunct Professor, Federal Courts, John Marshall Law School; 2003-2009

Educational Background:

  • Trinity College, A.B., 1981
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Office Location for James A. Shapiro

53 W. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 1515
Chicago, IL 60604

Phone: 312-782-4615


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Last Updated: 7/10/2018

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