About Michael Shapiro


Michael S. Shapiro is a shareholder at Tomlinson & Shapiro.  Immediately prior to founding Tomlinson & Shapiro, he was a partner at a prestigious Chicago firm concentrating his practice in business and appellate litigation.  Mr. Shapiro also served as a law clerk for Judge Matthew F. Kennelly, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  He began his career at a large national law firm, representing clients in complex commercial litigation.

At Tomlinson & Shapiro, Mr. Shapiro represents clients in complex litigation matters, including the following areas:

Mr. Shapiro also counsels clients in non-litigation matters including contract review and drafting, business entity formation, and general business legal advice.

Some of Mr. Shapiro’s representative engagements include the following:

  • Won reversal of a judgment exceeding $10 million in a False Claims Act case brought by the federal government. Shapiro was lead counsel in the appeal, arguing that the standard for causation of damages used by the government was contrary to the requirements of the False Claims Act.  The appellate court agreed, vacating the judgment against his client and reversing decades of precedent.  United States v. Luce, 873 F.3d 999 (7th Cir. 2017).
  • Won over $17 million for clients following a federal jury trial on claims for tortious interference with contract, civil conspiracy, and unjust enrichment arising out of a security interest. The verdict was affirmed on appeal.  Sirazi v. General Mediterranean Holding, SA, 826 F.3d 920 (7th Cir. 2016).
  • Successfully obtained sentence of probation on behalf of an individual who pleaded guilty to tax charges related to $100 million in an undeclared Swiss bank account. The sentence was affirmed following an appeal by the federal government.  United States v. Warner, 792 F.3d 847 (7th Cir. 2015).
  • Conducted a corporate internal investigation resulting in a judgment against an accounting manager who stole over $800,000. The case also resulted in a criminal investigation and conviction.
  • Secured a statutory pre-judgment attachment of a bank account and won summary judgment on a $20 million breach of contract action on behalf a bank defrauded by a commercial borrower. The case also resulted in a criminal investigation and conviction.
  • Successful declaratory judgment action regarding insurance coverage for a six-fatality airplane crash.
  • Secured a reversal of order of removal by the Board of Immigration Appeals on behalf of HIV-positive individual facing deportation to Nigeria. Bosede v. Mukasey, 512 F.3d 946 (7th Cir. 2008).
  • Won reversal of an operations discontinuation fine imposed by an administrative agency based on a statutory construction argument.
  • Successfully defended against a motion for a temporary restraining order seeking to enjoin a $40 million stock sale.

Admissions and Affiliations

  • State of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (trial bar)
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
    Juris Doctor, high honors, 2003
    Order of the Coif
    Editor-in-Chief, Chicago-Kent Law Review
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Bachelor of Science, Finance, 2000

Mr. Shapiro is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association, where he is a member of the Judicial Evaluation Committee and an instructor for trial skills CLE programs.

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Michael Shapiro
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