Jonathan A. Shapiro

Department Chair - Litigation (Palo Alto & San Francisco) Partner

[email protected]

San Francisco

P: +1.415.291.6204 F: +1.415.291.6304
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Jonathan Shapiro offers expertise in a range of securities matters, including class actions, securities fraud and concerns arising from M&A. One source considers him "a true trial lawyer," adding: "He is as smart, polished and persuasive as they come."

Chambers USA 2019

Jonathan's practice is focused on the defense of business and securities litigation and government enforcement actions. He has litigated class actions, challenges to corporate transactions and governance, and other matters regarding allegations of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, including jury and bench trials.

Jonathan's clients include public and financial services companies, officers and directors, and investment bankers. He also serves as counsel defending and conducting internal investigations to those subject to enforcement action under the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, FINRA, and other government agencies and self-regulatory organizations.

Jonathan served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Joseph A. DiClerico, Jr., Chief Judge, for the United States District Court – District of New Hampshire from 1994 to 1996.

Related Experience

  • Defended technology, life sciences and financial services companies against more than four dozen investor class and derivative actions alleging federal securities fraud, improper accounting, director and officer malfeasance and insider trading
  • Litigated wide array of consumer and business practices class actions (including those challenging product disclosure, advertising and labeling) and commercial and contractual disputes
  • Represented issuers and registrants in many parallel SEC, FINRA and United States Attorney investigations in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Washington, and Washington D.C.
  • Conducted independent investigations for boards of directors of NYSE, AMEX and NASDAQ issuers, including financial regulatory, accounting, and corrupt practices investigations in Asia, Europe and Latin America
  • Represented investment advisers, insurers, and broker dealers in class actions and regulatory proceedings involving the marketing, distribution and performance of mutual funds, annuities, and traditional and variable insurance
  • Defended securities class actions alleging biased research and market manipulation by investment bankers
  • Defended non-disclosure, fiduciary duty and mismanagement claims brought directly and derivatively by minority investors in close corporations, partnership and limited liability companies
  • Defended officers and directors of publicity traded bank in control contest and against disclosure claims based on filings with federal banking regulators and the SEC

Awards & Community

Ranked by Chambers USA, 2010-2019


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Raiders Client Event September 10, 2018

Jonathan Shapiro has confirmed client Brett Weisel to attend the game.
Includes 4 tickets in the Club Level.

Baker Botts' Sponsored Dialogue with the FBI

On May 19th, Baker Botts Partners Yan Zhang, Jonathan Shapiro and Kaylee Yang will be moderating an interactive discussion on trade secrets, industrial espionage and export controls.

Baker Botts California MCLE Event

With the January MCLE compliance deadline rapidly approaching, please join Baker Botts for a day of hard-to-get MCLE credits on various issues including elimination of bias, competence/substance abuse, and legal ethics.