Ed Shapiro has been Chair of the firm's Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice group since 2007. Trained as a trial attorney and as a mediator, his practice focuses on the efficient prevention, management and resolution of disputes for businesses, organizations and individuals. Ed’s primary objective is to help clients identify their goals, and then to collaborate with them on business and personal solutions to meet those goals.
As an experienced litigator, Ed represents clients in state and federal court, before administrative agencies, and in mediation and arbitration. He has represented clients in disputes involving, among other areas, the Americans with Disabilities Act, breach of fiduciary duty, general employment matters, including contracts, discrimination claims, breach of contract, partnerships, fraud, consumer fraud, restrictive covenants (including non-competition and non-solicitation matters), unfair competition, trade secrets, professional licensing, business dissolution, shareholder disputes, probate and trusts, real estate, product liability defense, the Uniform Commercial Code, ERISA, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act. Ed has also represented physicians and physician practice groups before various administrative agencies, including the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation, as well as in contract, non-compete and hospital privilege matters.
Ed is also a certified mediator who helps litigants resolve their disputes by designing the most efficient and effective dispute resolution process for each particular case. His patience, persistence, and deep understanding of negotiation principles allows him to help litigants get deals done so that they can re-focus their energies on their businesses and their personal lives.
Ed is admitted to practice in Illinois and Massachusetts and before the Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
A member of the adjunct faculty at Northwestern University School of Law, Ed teaches in the Program on Negotiation and Mediation. He serves as Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Center for Conflict Resolution Board of Directors, where he is a former member of the Peer Review Committee, volunteer mediator, and trainer. In addition, Ed is a past Board member for the Association for Conflict Resolution, and former Co-Chair of its Programming and Professional Development Committee.
A member of the Federal Trial Bar, Ed is a past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association's ADR Section and previously served as outside counsel to the Illinois Institute of Collaborative Law. He speaks regularly on the topic of alternative dispute resolution and effective settlement strategies.
Ed has been recognized by the Leading Lawyers Network as a top Illinois lawyer in the area of commercial litigation (2008-2016). He has also been designated an Illinois Super Lawyer (2012-2017), an honor given to the top 5% of attorneys in the state.
Ed is a Vice-President and member of the Board of Directors of Temple Jeremiah in Northfield, IL. He previously served on the Board of the United Way of the North Shore (Glencoe Chapter).