Jeffrey B. Shapiro

Jeffrey B. Shapiro

Partner

Contact Info

Phone: (305) 428-4501
Fax: (305) 374-4744

Primary Office

Miami
Southeast Financial Center
200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Suite 3600
Miami, FL 33131

Jeffrey B. Shapiro

Partner

Jeff Shapiro handles sophisticated litigation nationwide for companies facing allegations of defective products and other crises that threaten their business, often in the context of multi-district litigation and class actions. During his 40 years as a trial lawyer, manufacturers of medical devices and drugs and makers of televisions, agricultural equipment, and chemical ingredients, among other clients, have relied on Jeff to represent them in trials and arbitrations involving product liability, deceptive trade practices and business claims.

The depth of his experience as a trial lawyer is reflected in his involvement both regionally and nationally in multi-district litigation and global settlement strategies. Jeff has also spoken and written on topics such as the best method to approach “repetitive” litigation involving the same product, both in the context of multiple-state lawsuits and class actions, CAFA 2005, spoliation of evidence and federal preemption.

Experience

Products liability

Over the years, Jeff’s defense of products liability claims has included representations of manufacturers and distributors in a multitude of lawsuits across the country, in both state and federal court.

Select defense representations include:

A chemical manufacturer in multi-party litigation alleging wrongful death and injury to scores of children who had ingested a medication which included an ingredient furnished by the foreign-based client and its wholly-owned subsidiary. Ultimately, after years of discovery and appeals (both in state and federal court), both the parent and subsidiary were dismissed.
A TV maker accused of deceptive trade practices in the marketing of its product. Summary judgment granted.
Medical device and drug manufacturers in multiple cases involving claims such as defective design and inadequate warnings. As an example, in a federal lawsuit involving a pain pump, Jeff and his team obtained summary judgment (a Daubert-based motion was the springboard) in district court and the ruling was affirmed by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Class action

Jeff has served as lead and local counsel in a number of class action matters over the last 25 years for national and international clients.

Select defense representations include:

A retailer in a class action case in federal court alleging Truth in Lending Act violations. The class consisted of 585,000 members. Resolved by settlement with limited remedies and damages afforded to the class members.
A biologics maker involved in MDL and attempted state-wide class certification over a 10-year period. MDL resulted in settlement of approximately 6,000 claims. The attempt at class certification, in which Jeff was lead counsel, was denied.
A plastic pipe manufacturer in an attempted class certification alleging thousands of feet of plastic pipe were incompatible and therefore defective as part of a fire safety system. Class certification was abandoned.
Fires and chemical accidents

There have been a variety of matters where Jeff and his team have successfully defended a variety of clients in matters involving fire and chemicals.

Select defense representations include:

A construction/engineering firm faced allegations that a flame arrestor that was part of a wastewater treatment plant allegedly malfunctioned, resulting in three deaths (burns) and one surviving burn victim. Over a three-year period, the client was able to whittle away the claims to the point where settlement was obtained well within policy limits.
An ingredient manufacturer facing allegations that the incorporation of its product into a fuel gel contributed to severe burn injuries suffered by multiple users across the country. Serving as local counsel, Jeff led the team in these matters, including a mock jury trial where he acted as lead defense counsel (three of the four mock juries awarded a defense verdict, and the fourth apportioned 10 percent of fault to the client). The entirety of the cases was ultimately resolved within policy limits.

Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Named to the Super Lawyers list by Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2018

Named a 2016 Power Leader in Law by the South Florida Business Journal

Memberships and Affiliations

Defense Research Institute

Claims & Litigation Management Alliance

American Bar Association

Florida Bar Association

Dade County Bar Association

Education

LL.M., New York University, 1979

J.D., St. John's University, 1976

B.A., Queens College of the City of New York, 1973, cum laude

Bar Admissions

Florida
New York

Firm Management Positions

Miami Office Managing Partner

Executive Committee Member

Chair, Product Liability

Vice Chair, Litigation

Jeff Shapiro handles sophisticated litigation nationwide for companies facing allegations of defective products and other crises that threaten their business, often in the context of multi-district litigation and class actions. During his 40 years as a trial lawyer, manufacturers of medical devices and drugs and makers of televisions, agricultural equipment, and chemical ingredients, among other clients, have relied on Jeff to represent them in trials and arbitrations involving product liability, deceptive trade practices and business claims.

The depth of his experience as a trial lawyer is reflected in his involvement both regionally and nationally in multi-district litigation and global settlement strategies. Jeff has also spoken and written on topics such as the best method to approach “repetitive” litigation involving the same product, both in the context of multiple-state lawsuits and class actions, CAFA 2005, spoliation of evidence and federal preemption.

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