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David Philip Shapiro

About David Shapiro

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David P. Shapiro has dedicated his career to defending those accused of crimes. 


A native of New York City, Mr. Shapiro graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies in 2003 and thereafter attended Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana where he earned his Juris Doctor in 2006. David served as President of the Tulane Criminal Law Society and excelled as a student-attorney in the nationally renowned Tulane Criminal Law Clinic. In connection with his service at the Tulane Criminal Law Clinic, he advocated on behalf of inmates and criminal defendants, including prisoners whose rights had been impinged due to the collapse of the New Orleans criminal justice system in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, garnering recognition in several international news documentaries in the process.  David also worked for Tulane's Project for Older Prisoners (POPS) and is one of only a few student-attorneys to have successfully argued before the Louisiana State Board of Parole.


Mr. Shapiro was admitted to California Bar in 2007 and joined the well-known criminal defense firm of  Steigerwalt & Associates soon thereafter; David worked for Kerry Steigerwalt until April 2010, handling a wide variety over 425 criminal cases.  David is a regular guest on the nationally broadcasted “Rick Amato Radio Show,” providing legal insight into current local and national stories involving criminal law. 


 David cares about his clients, and strives to make a positive difference in their lives.



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