Bazelon Less Feldman PC Michael A. Shapiro

Practice Areas

Bar/Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 2001)
  • Indiana University (B.A., Highest Distinction, 1998)

Languages

  • Russian
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Michael A. Shapiro

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Michael A. Shapiro joined Bazelon Less & Feldman in 2001.  Mr. Shapiro’s practice areas include commercial litigation, class action defense, construction and surety law, eminent domain and takings law, and creditors' rights. 

 Mr. Shapiro has successfully represented clients (both plaintiffs and defendants) in state and federal trial and appellate courts, bankruptcy courts, and out-of-court arbitrations.  

 Mr. Shapiro’s representative engagements include:

  • Represented an automobile club in a federal class action for breach of contract and unjust enrichment where plaintiff claimed that members who paid dues late were deprived of a full year’s worth of membership privileges.  The District Court dismissed the action for lack of standing and the Third Circuit affirmed the dismissal on appeal.  Kaymak v. AAA Mid-Atlantic Inc., 2012 WL 3887040 (E.D.Pa. 2012), aff’d., 2013 WL 2933939 (3d Cir. 2013).
  • Defended a homeowners’ insurance class action alleging breach of contract due to withholding of depreciation pending completion of repairs. (Court of Common Pleas, Bucks County).
  • Defended a class action under Pennsylvania workers’ compensation statute alleging that the insurer failed to pay required amount of interest on workers’ compensation claims. (Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County). 
  • Obtained appellate reversal of the District Court’s dismissal of a federal takings claim asserted by a condemnee that successfully challenged condemnation of its property in state court.  In a precedent-setting decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that the taking of property title by a redevelopment agency during the condemnation proceedings was a per se taking entitled to just compensation under the U.S. Constitution.  Successfully defended a petition for a writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court.  R&J Holding Co. v. The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Montgomery, 670 F.3d 420 (3d Cir. 2011), cert. denied, 132 S.Ct. 2792 (2012).
  • Defended a subsidiary of a major telecommunications company against breach-of-contract and conversion claims asserted by a terminated janitorial contractor.  After removing the case to federal court, obtained dismissal of a conversion claim and moved for summary judgment on the contract claims.  The parties settled the case at the mediation.  (U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania). 
  • Defended a major regional bank against breach-of-contract and tort claims asserted by the estate of the customer.  The case resulted in a favorable settlement for the bank. (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania).
  • Represented a Philadelphia restaurant owner in defending and resolving over 30 mechanic’s liens filed against the restaurant property. (Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County).
  • Obtained dismissal of all claims against a performance bond surety in a multiparty construction litigation.   La Liberte, LLC v. Keating Bldg. Corp., 2007 WL 4323687 (E.D.Pa. Dec. 11, 2007).
  • Represented a claimant in the Securities Investor Protection Act liquidation proceedings for Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.
  • Represented creditors in bankruptcy proceedings in various jurisdictions and defended preference and other avoidance actions.

Mr. Shapiro received his B.A. in Economics, highest distinction, from Indiana University in 1998. Mr. Shapiro received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2001. While in law school, Mr. Shapiro worked as an intern for the Honorable David F. Hamilton of the United Stated District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and as an advocate at the Guild Food Stamp Clinic in Philadelphia.

Mr. Shapiro is a member of the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and American Bar Associations.