Gordon M. Shapiro
Gordon M. Shapiro uses his more than thirty-eight years of experience as lead counsel in jury trials, bench trials, and arbitration actions for our financial institution, pipeline, business, and real estate clients. Gordon has been recognized by The National Law Journal as the lead counsel handling a case called a “top defense win” nationally and is honored to have been recognized by his peers in The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation for the past thirteen years and in the Banking & Finance, Securities, and Environmental Litigation areas for the past seven years.
Gordon has significant experience representing banks in high–profile cases, including high dollar disputes and class actions. Gordon’s depth of experience stretches back to the 1980s, when he coordinated the firm’s bank litigation practice during a time of great turmoil in Texas banking. Gordon and the firm successfully handled hundreds of cases for acquirers of assets from failed banks, or as a result of asset transfers, against defaulting borrowers and guarantors who alleged a wide variety of lender liability–type defenses. Today, Gordon represents national, regional, and local financial institutions in class action defense, lender liability, defensive actions, operations, credit card litigation, letter of credit, contract disputes, and in the prosecution of collection matters.
Gordon is co–chair of the firm’s Special Investigations practice. He has been a lead special independent investigator multiple times on Sarbanes-Oxley investigations involving corporate and accounting issues, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, revenue recognition, inventory and expense accounting, booking of reserves, revenue “management,” internal controls, “tone at the top” issues, and deferred revenue. Gordon has worked closely with chief legal officers and audit committees to scope and complete the investigations. A hallmark of his special investigations is close and regular communication with the client, client’s counsel, and their outside accounting firm. Gordon has produced voluminous detailed reports or summary presentations of findings, as required by the circumstances.
B.A., with honors, University of Texas at Austin
J.D., SMU Dedman School of Law
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Federal Claims
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas