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Philadelphia, PA 19107
Class Action Defense
Construction and Surety Law
Eminent Domain and Takings Law
Michael A. Shapiro
Michael A. Shapiro joined Bazelon Less & Feldman as an associate 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 gained substantial experience representing parties in state and federal court proceedings, at both the trial and appellate levels.
Some of his recent engagements include:
Together with Mr. Bazelon, obtained reversal of the District Court’s dismissal of federal takings claims asserted by a commercial property owner which successfully challenged condemnation of its property in state court. In a precedent-setting decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that the taking of title during the five years of the condemnation proceedings was a “per se taking,” for which the condemnee was entitled to just compensation under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. R & J Florig Holding Company v. The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Montgomery, 2011 WL 6117857 (3d Cir. December 9, 2011).
Represented a claimant in the Securities Investor Protection Act liquidation proceedings for Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.
Defended a major regional bank against breach of contract and tort claims asserted by the estate of the bank’s former client. Following extensive discovery, the case resulted in a favorable settlement for the bank.
Represented an owner in defending and resolving over 30 mechanic’s liens filed against the property.
Obtained dismissal of all claims against a performance bond surety in a multiparty construction litigation.
Represented a property owner and a lessee in the inverse condemnation proceedings against a county redevelopment authority.
Represented creditors in bankruptcy proceedings in various jurisdictions and defended preference and other avoidance actions asserted by bankruptcy trustees.
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 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.
Mr. Shapiro is a member of the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and American Bar Associations.