Michael Shapiro joined Scandaglia Ryan in 2011. Prior to joining the firm, he practiced at SmithAmundsen LLC, as a member of the Commercial Litigation and Aerospace Practice Groups, and at Foley & Lardner, as a member of the Commercial Litigation and Appellate Practice Groups. He also served as a law clerk for The Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois during the 2008-2009 term.

Mr. Shapiro has experience representing clients in commercial litigation, complex tort defense, declaratory actions and civil rights defense matters.

Cases in Point

  • Secured a $23 million judgment against a law firm on malpractice, contract and fiduciary duty claims.
  • Successful declaratory judgment action regarding insurance coverage for a six-fatality airplane crash.
  • Secured a reversal of order of removal by the Board of Immigration Appeals.
  • Won a reversal of an operations discontinuation fine imposed by an administrative agency based on a statutory construction argument.
  • Secured a statutory pre-judgment attachment of a bank account and won summary judgment on a $20 million breach of contract action, resulting in an FBI investigation and a criminal conviction.
  • Successfully defended against a motion for a temporary restraining order seeking to enjoin a $40 million stock sale.

Selected Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • "Temporary Restraining Orders and Preliminary Injunctions," Chapter 9, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Business & Commercial Litigation 2012 edition, Contributor.

Admissions, Affiliations and Honors

  • Trial Bar: Northern District of Illinois
  • Federal Bars: Seventh Circuit, Northern District of Illinois and Central District of Illinois
  • State Bars: Illinois
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing, Attorney of the Day Program (2005-2006)


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
    • Juris Doctor, high honors, 2003
    • Order of the Coif
    • Editor-in-Chief, Chicago-Kent Law Review
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Bachelor of Science, Finance, 2000
Michael S. Shapiro
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