Edward D. Shapiro

Edward D. Shapiro



Ed 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, breaches of fiduciary duty, general employment matters, 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 speaks regularly on the topic of alternative dispute resolution and effective settlement strategies. A member of the adjunct faculty at Northwestern University School of Law, he teaches in the Program on Negotiation and Mediation. Ed serves as legal counsel for Temple Jeremiah. He also served for many years as a member of the Center for Conflict Resolution Board of Directors, where he is a former member of the Peer Review Committee, volunteer mediator, and trainer. He is also a past Board member for the Association for Conflict Resolution and former Co-Chair of its Programming and Professional Development Committee. 



Boston University School of Law
J.D., 1991, with honors
State University of New York at Binghamton
B.A., 1984, Economics, with honors

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois

Professional Organizations

  • Chicago Bar Association, ADR Section
  • Illinois Institute of Collaborative Law, former Outside Counsel
  • Center for Conflict Resolution Board of Directors, former member and Secretary of the Executive Committee
  • Center for Conflict Resolution, former member of the Peer Review Committee, volunteer mediator and trainer
  • Association for Conflict Resolution, past Board member and former Co-Chair of the Programming and Professional Development Committee


Ed currently serves as legal counsel and is a member of the Executive Committee of Temple Jeremiah in Northfield, IL, where he served for many years as a member of its Board of Directors. He previously served on the Board of the United Way of the North Shore (Glencoe Chapter).

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  • Leading Lawyers Network, Commercial Litigation, 2008-2018
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2012-2018
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