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Richard E. Shapiro



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Employment and Education Attorney Richard E. Shapiro_

Nearly 45 years of legal experience

Richard E. Shapiro has practiced law for approximately 45 years, the last 33 of which have been in New Jersey. Richard served as Director, Division of Public Interest Advocacy, New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate for more than eight years. The Division represented individuals in a wide range of matters, including labor and employment, education, housing and environmental cases.  Prior to starting his own practice, Richard was Of Counsel to a small law firm specializing in complex civil and criminal litigation.

Richard has argued cases before the United States Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the First, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits. He has also tried cases in several federal district courts and before federal administrative law judges.

In New Jersey, Richard has had substantial litigation experience. He has argued 18 times before the New Jersey Supreme Court, he has argued numerous appeals before the Appellate Division, and he has tried a range of cases at the trial level. In addition, Richard has appeared in a substantial number of cases before the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law.

Richard has also taught Constitutional Law as an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall Law School and at Rutgers Law School (Newark).

Practice areas

§  Education law

§  Special education

§  Employment law


  • University of Wisconsin, J.D., cum laude
  • University of Michigan, M.A.
  • Dickinson College, B.A.

Admitted to practice

  • New Jersey, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1983
  • Louisiana, 1980
  • California, 1977
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1976
  • Massachusetts, 1973
  • District of Columbia, 1972


  • New Jersey State Bar Association
    • Individual Rights Committee, 1990–2010
    • Member, Employment Law Section, 1995–2010
  • New Jersey Employment Lawyers’ Association
  • New Jersey Special Education Practitioners

Biographical highlights

  • Member, New Jersey Supreme Court, Committee on Model Civil Jury Charges, 1987–2002
  • Senior Trial Attorney, U.S. Office of Thrift Supervision, 1992–1997
  • Adjunct Professor, Constitutional Law and Public Interest Litigation, Seton Hall Law School, 1992–1993, 1995–1996
  • Adjunct Professor, Rutgers Law School, Newark, 1993–1994
  • Director, Division of Public Interest Advocacy, N.J. Dept of Public Advocate, 1982–1991
  • Public Interest and Criminal Law Practice, 1972–1982
  • Instructor, Boston College Law School, 1971–1972
  • Law Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 1970–1971
  • Editor-In-Chief, Wisconsin Law Review, and Order of the Coif

Languages (translator/interpreter available)

  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • French
  • Italian