Practice Areas
  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1979
  • University of Toronto, M.A., 1975, M.Phil, 1976
  • Harvard College, A.B., cum laude, 1972
Bar & Court Admissions
  • State of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois (including Trial Bar)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Robert E. Shapiro

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T. 312.984.3118
F. 312.984.3150

Rob is a trial lawyer and litigator who advises clients on commercial disputes in state and federal trial and appellate courts, ADR forums and administrative and governmental proceedings.

In his more than 35 years as a litigator, Rob has handled commercial cases of all kinds throughout the country, and abroad, including major breach of contract and fraud disputes, securities and antitrust matters, class actions, governmental disputes, real estate lawsuits, intellectual property disputes and more. He advises major corporations on the handling and resolution of large-scale threatened and pending controversies. Rob served for several years as principal outside counsel and lead trial lawyer for the Illinois Gaming Board, advising the Board on a range of regulatory issues, and as a Special Assistant Attorney General, trying major administrative matters. Rob also has assisted the special counsel for a major international labor union seeking to rid itself of organized crime. He has handled criminal appeals, first amendment cases, employment disputes, art law cases, celebrity disputes, bankruptcy matters and prisoner rights litigation as well.

Rob writes frequently on the law. For the last 27 years, he has been an Associate Editor of Litigation, the journal of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association. He has written a quarterly column entitled “Advance Sheet” for that publication since 2000. He is a regular contributor to the Southtown News, a local newspaper, and has appeared on local TV as a commentator on a range of foreign policy, political and legal issues.

Rob also is an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Saint Xavier University, teaching courses on ancient and modern philosophy, the American founding and Shakespeare. In 2008, Rob taught at The University of Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski in Warsaw, Poland. In May and August of 2014, and October 2015, he taught classes at Masaryk University in Brno, in the Czech Republic. In July 2015, he taught alternative dispute resolution at Ozyegin University in Istanbul, Turkey and did a major presentation on lawyering for ELSA, the European Law Students Association. Rob also has been a Visiting Professor at De Paul University and a seminar leader at the Newberry Library, an independent research library in Chicago.

Rob hosts a Sunday radio show on classical music on the SXU student-run radio station, WXAV 88.3 FM (streaming at He has also done color commentary on that station's broadcast of the games of the Windy City Thunderbolts, a Frontier League Class A baseball team.

Professional Activities and Honors

  • Order of the Coif
  • Law Clerk to Honorable Walter J. Cummings, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member, Merit Selection Panel for U.S. Magistrates, N.D. Ill., 1996-1997
  • Selected, Leading Lawyers Network (2004-2014)
  • Selected, Illinois Super Lawyers (2015)