Evan Shapiro is a seasoned litigator with decades of experience representing a wide variety of clients in federal and state courts. His practice has focused primarily on complex commercial litigation. Evan routinely handles disputes concerning contracts, intellectual property, and business torts. His clients have included Peloton, Tesla, Amazon Studios, Philips Semiconductors, Morgan Stanley, Warner Bros. Music, ICM Partners, and Andrew Lloyd Webber Productions.
Evan has recently obtained two significant victories for clients. In 2018 Evan was part of the trial team that achieved a jury verdict for $2.1 million accompanied by a finding of misconduct in a breach of contract case concerning financial trading software. In 2017 Evan obtained an impressive settlement in a highly-publicized New York federal court action on behalf of clients seeking $5 million in damages after defeating a motion to dismiss novel RICO claims.
In addition to litigation representation, Evan provides transactional, entertainment, and privacy counsel to small businesses and film and television producers and directors. Evan currently serves as on-demand General Counsel to ImAAAgery, a French software developer creating ground-breaking apps in the beauty and health space.
Prior to joining Mancini Shenk LLP, Evan was an Attorney for approximately two years with L.A. litigation powerhouse Hueston Hennigan LLP. He also held a senior litigation position at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, at its Palo Alto office serving clients in the high-tech sector. Evan began his legal career with a clerkship for Manhattan federal district judge Whitman Knapp, followed by a three-year engagement at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York City.
Evan has demonstrated a powerful commitment to pro bono work, providing litigation counsel to numerous LGBTQ organizations and working on ground-breaking First Amendment litigation in conjunction with the Center for Constitutional Rights, Georgetown University Law Center, and Georgetown Law Prof. David Cole (presently National Legal Director for the ACLU). At Sullivan & Cromwell, Evan obtained withholding of removal for a transgender woman living with AIDS/HIV. At Paul Weiss, Evan contributed to legal briefs filed in two First Amendment cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, Lebron v. Nat’l RR Passenger Corp. (Amtrak) (1995) and Finley v. Nat’l Endowment for the Arts (1998). He also served as co-counsel to Lambda Legal Defense Fund in two constitutional challenges to local ordinances blocking the enactment of anti-discrimination measures.
Evan attended Wesleyan University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 1990. Evan earned his J.D. with cum laude distinction from Georgetown University Law Center in 1993.
Under his full legal name, Jamie Evan Shapiro, Evan is a member in good standing of the State Bars of California and New York, admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of California and all of California’s lower state courts, the New York Court of Appeals and all of New York’s lower state courts, the United States District Courts for the Central and Northern Districts of California, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court.