Barry R. Shapiro is Of Counsel to Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. located in Garden City, Long Island, N.Y., and practices in the firms Corporate Law Group. Mr. Shapiro joined the firm in January 2003. His broadly-based practice focuses on representing businesses from birth, through growth, to maturity, and to ultimate disposition. Clients range from start-up ventures to mid-size and multi-national concerns, and include manufacturers, distributors, service providers, professionals, corporate executives, not-for-profit organizations and lending institutions. Mr. Shapiro concentrates in particular on mergers and acquisitions, employee relations and day-to-day business counseling. Mr. Shapiro is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level in professional excellence.
Called one of the “best known names in corporate practice” by Long Island Business News, and one of Long Island’s most influential individuals, Mr. Shapiro has been published in Newsday, Crain’s New York Business, and Long Island Business News. He has written for the newsletter of the General Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association. Mr. Shapiro has lectured at the Pace University School of Law and the Nassau Academy of Law.
In addition to his legal activity, Mr. Shapiro is deeply involved in community affairs. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Public Television Station Thirteen/WNET New York. In June 2006, he delivered the commencement address to the graduating class of the Henry Viscardi High School in Albertson, New York. The school allows students with significant physical disabilities and medical impairments to achieve high standards of academic rigor in a barrier free environment.
In addition, Mr. Shapiro was the 2003 Chair of “Celebrity Sports Night,” an event that raised over $1.1 million for Abilities! (formerly the National Center for Disability Services) on Long Island, where he has been counsel for over twenty five years. Among his numerous achievements, he was the 1998 recipient of Dowling College’s Tribute Award for community service. In 1996, he was presented with the Excellence in Cultural Support Award by Public Television WLIW21 and was the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s Man of the Year in 1995. He received the distinguished Long Islander in Law Award from the Epilepsy Foundation in 1994.
From 1988 until 2003, Mr. Shapiro headed the corporate practice group at Uniondale-based Rivkin Radler LLP. He was the Partner-in-Charge of the Corporate Practice Group at Farrell Fritz, P.C. from 1983 until 1988. From 1974 until 1983, he served as Vice President and General Counsel of Avis, Inc. Mr. Shapiro held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Sunsource International, Inc. in 1997.