Nearly 40 years of legal experience
Richard E. Shapiro has practiced law for approximately 40 years, the last 27 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).
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
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
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