Key Experience

  • Former Senior Advisor for International Economic Affairs and Senior Counselor to the Director of the National Economic Council at the White House.
  • Former Associate General Counsel in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
  • Former trial attorney, U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Chair of the regulatory practice steering committee and past leader of the international trade practice.


Hal Shapiro brings more than 25 years of experience at the center of government to help clients shape policy and comply with international trade treaties and other agreements. Through leadership roles at the National Economic Council and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, he gained valuable insights on different ways to affect treaty negotiation.

Representative Work

  • Leading large teams on complex international arbitration and litigation in the International Court of Justice, the International Civil Aviation Organization and other fora.
  • Represented United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) in gaining congressional approval for the U.S.-U.A.E. Agreement to Peaceful Civilian Nuclear Energy Cooperation. The agreement, which enabled the U.A.E. to receive nuclear training, materials and equipment from the United States, is known as the nonproliferation gold standard for nuclear cooperation agreements.
  • Providing advocacy and policy advice to a multibillion-dollar corporation with operations and assets in the United States and China on interfacing with governments around the world.
  • Used a novel application of U.S. trade laws to convince the government of Argentina to pay moneys owed to a U.S. company for its work building a water treatment plant in Argentina. The investor/state claim resulted in a significant recovery for our client.
  • Representing a U.S. investor in negotiations for the right to drill for oil in the Republic of Georgia.


Public Service and Affiliations