Scott E. Shapiro is a successful business litigator and trial attorney. He is admitted to practice law in all California State and Federal Courts. Mr. Shapiro has represented the prevailing parties in several seven figure actions, jury trials, class actions, and appeals, including in actions defended by highly regarded and successful Los Angeles litigation firms.
Mr. Shapiro graduated from the University of California, at Riverside, earning a B.A. degree in Liberal Studies, with a dual emphasis on Administrative Studies and American History. Mr. Shapiro speaks and reads Spanish fluently, as he was raised in Puerto Rico and thereafter continued Spanish studies in High School and College. Mr. Shapiro’s bilingual skills are particularly useful in Los Angeles.
Mr. Shapiro attended Southwestern University School of Law, in Los Angeles, California, where he earned his Juris Doctorate degree. During law school, Mr. Shapiro participated in externships with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, obtaining a conviction in a jury trial on behalf of the DA’s office prior to graduating law school, and also clerked in Department 66 of the Los Angeles Superior Court, Writs of Attachment and Possession Department.
For several years, Mr. Shapiro worked for Aaronson & Aaronson in Encino, California, handling contract, fraud, construction, and intellectual property actions. In 1999, Mr. Shapiro established his own practice, focusing on complex business litigation, trial work, and class actions.
While continuing to handle select litigation matters for his own practice, Mr. Shapiro also worked for three years as General Counsel for a successful factoring and trade finance company, and regularly handled factoring (purchase and financing of accounts receivable) transactions and other trade finance transactions (purchase order financing, letters of credit, etc.).
Mr. Shapiro’s clients have prevailed in hundreds of collection lawsuits and lending disputes. Mr. Shapiro is highly experienced in the use of provisional remedies, such as applications for Writs of Attachments andWrits of Possession, and regularly uses such tools to ensure his clients will actually benefit from a successful prosecution of their claims (halting the transfer of assets while litigation is pending, or obtaining possession of the same in summary fashion). Mr. Shapiro has successfully handled several class actions while working with attorney Barry M. Appell, including seven figure wage and hour actions. Mr. Shapiro has now joined with Mr. Appell, as a founding partner of Appell Shapiro, LLP.