Judge James Shapiro

Chicago Legal Experience Spanning Four Decades

Judge James Shapiro is a longtime presence in the Chicago legal community who is the first ever judge in the Complex Litigation section (formerly called Expedited Trials) in the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Domestic Relations Division. His experience in law extends back to the mid-1980s, when he served as an associate with Hinshaw, Culbertson, Moelmann, Hoban & Fuller. In this position, he defended tort cases related to auto and products liability, employment discrimination, and the Structural Work Act (a law related to construction litigation that was repealed in 1995). He took and defended hundreds of depositions, handled several appeals, and tried his first case to a jury in 1988.

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