Alexandra Shapiro is a partner at Shapiro Arato. She principally represents individuals and institutions in appeals, criminal and regulatory matters, and complex civil litigation. She also conducts internal investigations and advises on compliance matters.
Alexandra is an experienced trial lawyer and appellate advocate. She has tried many cases and argued numerous appeals in federal and state appellate courts, including a major insider trading case in the Supreme Court of the United States. She has experience in a broad range of substantive areas, including securities law, public corruption, tax fraud, criminal law, intellectual property, and the defense of lawyers and law firms.
Over the past decade Alexandra has won a series of appellate reversals of criminal convictions in significant white collar prosecutions. These victories include three Second Circuit rulings granting judgments of acquittal to clients who had been convicted of insider trading or tax shelter fraud in the Southern District of New York, as well as several decisions granting new trials for other clients convicted of public corruption, tax-related crimes, insider trading, accounting fraud, and obstruction of justice.
Alexandra has conducted internal investigations on behalf of corporations, corporate boards, and Audit Committees and has assisted clients in developing and implementing regulatory compliance programs. She served as President of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers, a not-for-profit professional association of about 250 experienced lawyers whose principal area of practice is the defense of criminal cases, particularly in the federal courts in New York.
Prior to co-founding Shapiro Arato LLP in 2009, Alexandra was a partner of Latham & Watkins LLP for nine years, and before that, an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where she also served as Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney. In addition, she served as an attorney-adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice.