Monday, November 23, 2009
ILN-terviews: Jeff Shapiro, Arnstein & Lehr LLP
For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Jeff Shapiro of Arnstein & Lehr in Miami, Florida.
In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Multifaceted, with court litigation and arbitration involving diverse areas encompassing commercial disputes, IP and product liability with a focus on medical device and drugs.
Who would be your typical client?
Largely institutional, ranging in size from local companies to Fortune 100.
What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
The pursuit of excellence, responsiveness, with a mindset to think outside of the box in conjunction with the control of litigation expenses.
What has been your most challenging case? Why?
Impossible to pick one.
What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
There have been many, but if I had to choose one, it would have been a product liability case that was tried, and after my cross examination of the opposing expert was completed, the other side essentially "gave up." Why? Because it happens too rarely.
What do you do when you're not practicing law?
Family time and sports.
What would surprise people most about you?
That I'm not nearly as "conservative" as I sometimes seem, including a long history of playing the drums in a rock 'n roll band.
What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
The ongoing interaction with friends and colleagues from the ILN is what sets it apart.
What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
Educator, sports coach.
If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
Meryl Streep, she can play any role. If not her, Clark Gable.
How would you like to be remembered?
Loving husband and father.