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Craig Matthew Shapiro

Consumer protection Attorney at Durham, NC

5.0   12 reviews

About Craig

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  1. Consumer protection
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    Representation of consumer in individual and class action cases

    17 years

Craig Shapiro is originally from Northbrook, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. After attending Northern Illinois University, he obtained his juris doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law. While there he obtained a Certificate in Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, was awarded the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Trial Advocacy, and was a certified mediator for the Center for Conflict Resolution. After clerking during law school for Rand Bragg, a member of Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates's consumer protection department, Mr. Shapiro joined the firm full time. After six years at Horwitz, Mr. Shapiro left to join Keogh Law, a boutique class action firm in Chicago advancing the rights of consumers. After deciding to relocate to Raleigh, Mr. Shapiro joined the Law Offices of John T. Orcutt as the head of its consumer rights department.

He has spent his career litigating cases involving unlawful debt collection practices and credit reporting, usurious lending, and wrongful mortgage practices. He has been appointed class counsel in numerous class actions certified in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, and North Carolina, and is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois ("inactive" status), the State of North Carolina, United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Seventh Circuits, and United States District Courts for the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of Illinois, Northern District of Indiana, the Western District of Michigan, and the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina.

Licensed for 17 years
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 2015
Updated 10/03/2022
State IL
Status Voluntarily Inactive
Acquired 2005
Updated 10/11/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Law Offices of John T. Orcutt
1738 Hillandale Rd Ste D
Durham, NC, 27705
Law Offices of John T. Orcutt
6616 Six Forks Rd
Suite 203
Raleigh, NC, 27615
Law Offices of John T. Orcutt
2711 Breezewood Ave.
Fayetteville, NC, 28303
Law Offices of John T. Orcutt
2215 Nash St. NW
Wilson, NC, 27896
Law Offices of John T. Orcutt
600 Green Valley Road
Suite 210
Greensboro, NC, 27408
Law Offices of John T. Orcutt
2 N. Front Street
5th Floor
Wilmington, NC, 28401
Law Offices of John T. Orcutt
143 Highway 70
Garner, NC, 27529
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Posted by Sharon | July 19, 2022
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I would highly recommend Mr. Shapiro let me tell you why!!!!
I would like to say I would recommend Mr. Craig Shapiro anyday. It has been a pleasure working with him. I would highly recommend him to everyone I know. I had trouble after filing my bankruptcy with a company sending bills and just not giving up. The pressure and stress was more than I could bare. I contacted Mr. Shapiro who went above and beyond for my family and took a case against them. We received more than we could ever imagine. I've dealt with other lawyers that have truly dropped the ball in other cases. Mr. Shapiro Is a pibull and will fight for what's fair for you. He is also very kind and caring. He was always checking in and seeing how we are and asking about my special needs grandchildren which meant the world to me. He is a very genuine person. So if you need a lawyer that cares and gets the job done may I please suggest Mr.Shapiro...trust me I've been let down by other lawyers. Mr. Shapiro never once dropped the ball he was always ahead of the game. If you like someone who will keep you informed and communicates step by step he is the Lawyer for you. I've had lawyers switch up 3xs on me and I had no idea who was handling my case. Please keep Mr. Shapiro in mind I promise you he is a hard worker and a good person you wont be sorry. Thanks for reading!
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Posted by Debbie | January 10, 2022
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Craig Shapiro represented us with a creditor . He was always very prompt and always kept us informed of his progress at all times. He was always very professional yet he was also very concerned about our well being. Mr. Shapiro never acted like he was too busy no matter how many times we called him. A Very knowledgeable attorney that I would highly recommend to anyone!
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Posted by Pamela | May 12, 2020
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Excellent Attorney
I was very fortunate to find in Attorney Craig Shapiro the perfect combination of competence, professionalism and commitment. I always felt that he genuinely had my best interest in mind. Moreover, Attorney Craig listened to me and was so patient to answer my thousand and one questions! This quality in a lawyer was really important to me. I'm absolutely pleased with his services, and truly grateful for the favorable outcome of my case, a result of his tenacity. I highly recommend Attorney Craig!
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Posted by Angela | November 9, 2018
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Excellent Attorney
Mr. Shapiro went ABOVE and BEYOND all my expectations. He went to bat for me against a creditor who crossed the line and never stopped until he won the settlement!! Prompt, professional and always on top of things. Would absolutely use him again for any case I have!! Highly recommend Mr. Shapiro.
Posted by Shannon | August 7, 2018
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So thorough ....
Mr Shapiro was informative from the very beginning in explaining how a suit would work. There was never any pressure put on me, as he handled everything professionally and in a timely manner. I was kept informed, and if I had any questions or concerns, they were always answered within the day and in a very respectful and kind manner. He remained consistent in that manner until the successful outcome was reached! If you could hand pick an attorney for yourself, Mr Shapiro would meet all your needs. I highly recommend hiring him to represent your interest!
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Posted by Allen | December 23, 2017
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CRAIG SHAPIRO
Let me tell you. I'm old man from the mountains and to me and mans word means everything. These days it is hard to trust someone. This guy right here..Mr. Shapiro.. he is one of those guys you can trust. We had a special circumstance that came up during our bankruptcy. The law firm got us in touch with Mr. Shapiro, we talked, figured out what was needed to be done and off he went running with it. Kept us informed and up too date with everything, couldn't have asked for a better guy, professional and as a friend, could call or email anytime and he always made time for my wife and I. Seriously, can not say enough about how much this guy helped us. You need him on your side. Thanks, Allen
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Posted by Gary and Norma | November 28, 2017
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Craig Shapiro review
Craig contacted us after we had filed and been accepted for a Chapter 13 bankruptcy to let us know that he had discovered that one of the companies that we listed in the Bankruptcy had not met a filing requirement and that he was willing to pursue making a claim/filing a lawsuit on our behalf. He was very clear on the steps that needed to be taken and the information that he would need from us. He always asked if we had any questions during every call before ending the call. He was very prompt in answering our phone calls to him. He was very personable and took whatever time was necessary to be sure we understood exactly what was taking place. In the end he was able to secure a $2000 settlement for us. We will use that settlement to establish an emergency fund so we can continue to make our payments in a timely manner and have the security of a separate fund should we run into an unexpected expenses (car repairs, medical bills, etc.) He was awesome all the way through the process and we are most grateful he took the time to review our case and find the untimely response which benefited us with the added security of an emergency fund going forward. Thanks so much Craig!! Gary and Norma
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Posted by Jennifer Helms | October 12, 2017
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Knight in Shining Armor
Attorney Shapiro was amazing! He was our knight in shining armor. After dealing with some hard times he brought his knowledge of the laws, his understanding of our concerns and his caring for our feelings to assist in our battle. He worked hard and long to ensure the truth was brought forth and we were happy with the results. We would definitely recommend Attorney Shapiro to anyone who is in need of real Hero!!
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Posted by Greg | May 11, 2017
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Suit Case
Craig was awesome. He guided me thru all aspects of what was needed and made it a smooth process. Thanks for everything.
Posted by Angela | February 2, 2017
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Wonderful Attorney!
We hired Craig Shapiro to handle our case when it got beyond what we could handle on our own. He handled our case professionally, with kindness and patience, and kept us informed through every step of the process. Our case was settled to our satisfaction and we owe it all to Craig! Would highly recommend him!
Posted by Kimberly | November 30, 2016
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Craig Shapiro
When an attorney we were talking to had stopped working at the company, Craig immediately contacted me and let me know he would be taking over. He always maintained constant contact giving us thorough updates on our settlement. I highly recommend using Craig Shapiro and his staff!
Posted by Amber | July 19, 2016
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Craig Shapiro and team
I was working with Craig Shapiro paralegal and when she was no longer with the company, he reached out to me about a settlement that I was waiting on AND was willing to give me his contact information so that I can deal with him directly on the other 2 settlements that I'm waiting for instead of passing me on to someone else. It is hard to find good professional people in today's society and I highly recommend Craig and his team.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of John T. Orcutt
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Keogh Law, Ltd
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates,Ltd.
  • 2005 - 2011

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Bachelor's
  • 2000

Legal Cases

  • Bivens v. NewRez LLC and CitiMortgage, Inc. (In re Bivens), 625 B.R. 843, 2021 WL 1159878 (Bankr.M.D.N.C., Mar. 25, 2021)
  • The Court denied CitiMortgage's motion to dismiss, finding the Plaintiff had stated claims under 11 U.S.C 524, 11 U.S.C 362, and Bankruptcy Rule 3002.1
  • Bivens v. NewRez LLC and CitiMortgage, Inc. (In re Bivens), 2021 WL 863343 (Bankr.M.D.N.C., Mar. 2, 2021)
  • Court denied CitiMortgage's motion, holding that the Bankruptcy Court had jurisdiction over the Plaintiff's claims under Bankruptcy Code and Bankruptcy Rules
  • Carnegie v. Nationstar Mortgage LLC (In re Carnegie), 621 B.R. 392, 2020 WL 5887541 (Bankr.M.D.N.C. 2020)
  • The Court denied in part and granted in part the defendant's motion to dismiss.
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Associations

  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Treasurer, Board of Directors
  • 2020 - Present
  • National Associates of Consumer Advocates
  • Board of Directors
  • 2018 - Present
  • 16th Judicial District Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Member, Ethics Committee
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • 10th Judicial District Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Excellence for the Future Award in Trial Advocacy
  • CALI
  • 2003

Publications

  • The Art of Advocacy: Briefs, Motions and Writing Strategies of America's Best Lawyers (A portion of my brief was included in this legal writing book as an example of persuasive writing.)
  • Brief in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment from Hicks v. Client Services
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • 42nd Annual Middle District Bankruptcy Seminar
  • Taggart, Fulton, and Gravel – What does it mean to violate the automatic stay and discharge injunction?
  • 2022
  • Oregon State Bar - Northwest Bankruptcy Institute (Telephone Seminar)
  • The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Consumer Bankruptcy Practice
  • 2020
  • Durham Bar Association 2020 CLE Program
  • FDCPA Basics That Every Attorney Should Know
  • 2020
  • Member's Only Puerto Rico Workshop - National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Bankruptcy Litigation: Identifying Bankruptcy Litigation Causes of Action
  • 2019
  • Member's Only Puerto Rico Workshop - National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Bankruptcy Litigation: Setting Up Your Practice to Identify Litigation Opportunities
  • 2019
  • Fair Debt Collection Training Conference - National Consumer Law Center
  • Representing Consumers With FDCPA Claims: Getting Started
  • 2019
  • Consumer Rights Litigation Conference - National Consumer Law Center
  • The ABCs of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
  • 2019
  • 40th Annual Middle District Bankruptcy Seminar
  • Good Faith Defense to Discharge Injunction Violations
  • 2019
  • Fair Debt Collection Training Conference - National Consumer Law Center
  • Representing Consumers With FDCPA Claims: Getting Started
  • 2018
  • Durham County Bar Association 2018 CLE Program
  • Cracking the Code: What Attorneys Need to Know About Credit Scores and Credit Reports (presented with materials provided by Suzanne Begnoche)
  • 2018
  • National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees Academy for Consumer Bankruptcy Education (Webinar)
  • Spokeo and Its Impact on Standing: What’s Next?
  • 2017
  • Max Gardner’s Consumer Defense Academy, featuring the Bankruptcy Boot Camp
  • The FDCPA and Bankruptcy Claims Arising Under the FDCPA
  • 2017
  • Fair Debt Collection Training Conference - National Consumer Law Center
  • FDCP Fundamentals: The Care and Feeding of Your FDCP Case (Client Intake, Retainers, Recording Calls, Client Logs, Investigation)
  • 2017
  • Annual Convention - National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • FDCPA Extreme! (6-hour FDCPA intensive)
  • 2017
  • National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees Academy for Consumer Bankruptcy Education (Webinar)
  • Making Money with "Consumer Rights" Claims in Chapter 13
  • 2016
  • Fair Debt Collection Training Conference - National Consumer Law Center
  • FDCP Fundamentals: The Care and Feeding of Your FDCP Case (Client Intake, Retainers, Recording Calls, Client Logs, Investigation)
  • 2016
  • 39th Annual Bankruptcy Institute - North Carolina Bar Association
  • Spokeo and Its Impact on Standing: What’s Next?
  • 2016
  • Fair Debt Collection Training Conference - National Consumer Law Center
  • Crawford and other Claims Based on Debt Collection Activity in Bankruptcy Court – Individual and Class Action Cases
  • 2015
  • Consumer Rights Litigation Conference - National Consumer Law Center
  • How to Successfully Manage a New Consumer Law Practice and Some Rookie Mistakes to Dodge
  • 2014
  • Fair Debt Collection Training Conference - National Consumer Law Center
  • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act: Coverage, Violations, & Remedies
  • 2013
  • Fair Debt Collection Training Conference - National Consumer Law Center
  • FDCPA Practice & Litigation: Errors to Avoid in an FDCPA Practice
  • 2012
  • Consumer Rights Litigation Conference - National Consumer Law Center
  • Rookie Errors to Avoid in FDCPA Practice & Litigation
  • 2012
  • Consumer Rights Litigation Conference - National Consumer Law Center
  • Errors to Avoid in FDCPA Practice & Litigation
  • 2011
  • Consumer Rights Litigation Conference - National Consumer Law Center
  • Statute of Limitations and the Choice of Law Rules
  • 2011
  • Fair Debt Collection Training Conference - National Consumer Law Center
  • TCPA, Rule 68, Class, and Other Law Related to an FDCPA Practice
  • 2010
  • Fair Debt Collection Training Conference - National Consumer Law Center
  • Meeting the Ethical Requirements for Class Action Notices and Administration
  • 2009
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Consumer protection Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"If you are being bullied and harassed by your creditors, there is no better attorney to have on your side than Craig Shapiro. Craig is a knowledgeable, dilligent, and aggressive protector of consumer rights. Over the past 4 years, I have witnessed him go toe to toe with the biggest banks in the country. He is thoroughly versed in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and the North Carolina Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act (UDTPA). You have rights you probably don't even know about. Craig knows. If you're being stepped on, beat down, and want to fight back, give Craig a call."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Durham Consumer protection Lawyer Craig Matthew Shapiro
Craig Matthew Shapiro
Consumer protection Attorney
Durham, NC
Licensed for 17 years
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