Deborah A. Shapiro, LLC

Deborah has been practicing employment law for more than 26 years. Before founding her firm in 2004, she practiced at boutique and large law firms in New York and earned her MBA. Deborah has conducted investigations, arbitrated disputes, and mediated conflict in a wide range of industries. She has worked with multinational and domestic enterprises, publicly traded and privately held firms, public sector entities, nonprofit organizations, and unionized workforces.

Deborah focuses her practice on workplace investigations. Her approach is informed by her experience in employment law and alternative dispute resolution.

Deborah understands the nuances of employment law and the realities of the modern workplace. Prior to focusing on investigations, she advised clients on nearly all facets of the employment relationship. She also litigated in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies.

Deborah has addressed a multitude of issues, such as discrimination, harassment, misconduct, retaliation, bullying, assault, traditional labor matters, independent contractor classifications, employment agreements, separation agreements, wage and hour disputes, reductions in force, and others. She also has more than two decades of experience training executives, managers, and non-supervisory staff on employment law topics.

Deborah’s years of counseling and litigation experience, and her years of experience as a mediator, arbitrator, and trainer, are evident in the investigations she conducts and supervises. She is adept at gathering relevant information from reluctant sources. She is skilled in finding the root of the conflict and the perception gaps in the employment relationship. Above all, she is focused on ensuring that investigations are fair, objective, thorough, and informed

Deborah has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law since 2007. Every spring, she teaches a semester-long course on negotiations to second and third-year law students. She also taught full year practicum courses in negotiation and mediation each year from 2008 through 2017.

Deborah has nearly two decades of experience deciding cases as an arbitrator and hearing officer. She currently serves as an arbitrator for the: 

  • American Arbitration Association
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (Finra)
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Joint Committee on Fee Disputes and Conciliation.

Deborah previously arbitrated for the National Association of Securities Dealers, the New York Stock Exchange, and the Civil Court of the City of New York. For many years, she served as a hearing officer for the Office of Labor Relations of the City of New York and for various municipalities in disputes involving the New York State Civil Service Law and General Municipal Law.

Deborah has been mediating employment disputes for over 18 years. She currently mediates by private engagement and for the:

  • American Arbitration Association
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

She previously mediated for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 2015, she was appointed to the Mediator Advisory Committee for the Southern District of New York and served an extended term.

• Cornell Law School (J.D.) (Bureau of National Affairs Award)
• University of Oxford, Said Business School, Balliol College (M.B.A.) (Dean’s List)
• Brandeis University (B.A., summa cum laude) (Phi Beta Kappa) (American Studies Award)

• State of New York
• United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
• United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
• United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Deborah has been selected, each year since 2017, by Super Lawyers for excellence in the area of employment and labor law. She also has received awards and recognition for her academic work. She has been active in industry and alumni organizations and invited to lecture in higher education, at industry conferences, and on panels.

Deborah A. Shapiro, LLC

Deborah has been practicing employment law for more than 26 years. Before founding her firm in 2004, she practiced at boutique and large law firms in New York and earned her MBA. Deborah has conducted investigations, arbitrated disputes, and mediated conflicts in a wide range of industries. She has worked with multinational and domestic enterprises, publicly traded and privately held firms, public sector entities, nonprofit organizations, and unionized workforces.

Workplace Investigations and Employment Law Expertise

Deborah focuses her practice on workplace investigations. Her approach is informed by her experience in employment law and alternative dispute resolution.

Deborah understands the nuances of employment law and the realities of the modern workplace. Prior to focusing on investigations, she advised clients on nearly all facets of the employment relationship. She also litigated in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies.

Deborah has addressed a multitude of issues, such as discrimination, harassment, misconduct, retaliation, bullying, assault, traditional labor matters, independent contractor classifications, employment agreements, separation agreements, wage and hour disputes, reductions in force, and others. She also has more than two decades of experience training executives, managers, and non-supervisory staff on employment law topics.

Deborah’s years of counseling and litigation experience, and her years of experience as a mediator, arbitrator, and trainer, are evident in the investigations she conducts and supervises. She is adept at gathering relevant information from reluctant sources. She is skilled in finding the root of the conflict and the perception gaps in the employment relationship. Above all, she is focused on ensuring that investigations are fair, objective, thorough, and informed.

Law School Professor

Deborah has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law since 2007. Every spring, she teaches a semester-long course on negotiations to second and third-year law students. She also taught full year practicum courses in negotiation and mediation each year from 2008 through 2017.

Arbitrator

Deborah has nearly two decades of experience deciding cases as an arbitrator and hearing officer. She currently serves as an arbitrator for the:

  • American Arbitration Association
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (Finra)
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Joint Committee on Fee Disputes and Conciliation.

Deborah previously arbitrated for the National Association of Securities Dealers, the New York Stock Exchange, and the Civil Court of the City of New York. For many years, she served as a hearing officer for the Office of Labor Relations of the City of New York and for various municipalities in disputes involving the New York State Civil Service Law and General Municipal Law.

Mediator

Deborah has been mediating employment disputes for over 18 years. She currently mediates by private engagement and for the:

  • American Arbitration Association
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Deborah previously mediated for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 2015, she was appointed to the Mediator Advisory Committee for the Southern District of New York and served an extended term.

Education

• Cornell Law School (J.D.) (Bureau of National Affairs Award)
• University of Oxford, Said Business School, Balliol College (M.B.A.) (Dean’s List)
• Brandeis University (B.A., summa cum laude) (Phi Beta Kappa) (American Studies Award)

Bar Admissions

• State of New York
• United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
• United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
• United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Recognition and Associations

Deborah has been selected, each year since 2017, by Super Lawyers for excellence in the area of employment and labor law. She also has received awards and recognition for her academic work. She has been active in industry and alumni organizations and invited to lecture in higher education, at industry conferences, and on panels

 

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