Barry R. Shapiro

Attorney in Garden City, NY
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.

Martindale-Hubbell Rating
AV Preeminent

MSEK Attorneys Featured in Long Island Pulse's2013 Top Legal Eagles

March 1, 2013
Practice Area:Local Government, Land Use Law & Environmental Compliance
Media Source:Long Island Pulse Magazine

Barry R. Shapiro honored by WNET THIRTEEN as Pioneer of THIRTEEN

July 16, 2012
Practice Area:Corporate Law, Corporate Finance

In-House Counsels are More Than Just Attorneys

April 6, 2007
Practice Area:Corporate Law
Media Source:Long Island Business News

Ones to WatchLong Island General Counsels

April 6, 2007
Practice Area:Corporate Law
Media Source:Long Island Business News

Barry Shapiro Addresses Long Island Arts Alliance Executive Forum

January 19, 2007
Practice Area:Corporate Law

Sex, a CFO, and a Corporate Ethical Dilemma

July 5, 2006
Practice Area:Corporate Law
Media Source:Compliance Week

Barry r. Shapiro Addresses Henry Viscardi GraduatesAs They Move Out Into the World to Challenge Preconceived Notions of What'sPossible or Not - Overcoming Physical Disabilities and Medical Impairments

June 22, 2006
Practice Area:Corporate Law

Barry R. Shapiro and Erica B. Garay Relocate Practice Group to MSEK

January 3, 2003
Practice Area:Corporate Law, Diversity

Kevin Schlosser, Barry Shapiro and James Garbus Present CLE to ACC-GNY Corporate CounselsDate:June 8, 2011 - 5:00 PM

Barry Shapiro Speaks at National Business Institute SeminarDate:September 26, 2007 - 9:00 AM
Location:Wingate Inn - 821 Stewart Avenue, Garden City NY 11530
Venue:Wingate by Wyndham Garden City Long Island

A Merger Roadmap for Not-For-Profits

April 28, 2005
Practice Area:Alternative Dispute Resolution, Corporate Law, Corporate Finance
Publication Source:Long Island Business News
Publication Type:Attorney Articles
Written By:Barry Shapiro

The WLIW21/WNET Merger: One Year Later

February 1, 2004
Practice Area:Alternative Dispute Resolution, Corporate Law, Corporate Finance
Publication Type:Attorney Articles
Written By:Barry Shapiro

Avoiding Disaster When Purchasing Software

Seven Things You Must Do

December 1, 2003
Practice Area:Alternative Dispute Resolution, Corporate Law, Corporate Finance
Publication Source:Business Long Island
Publication Type:Attorney Articles
Written By:Barry Shapiro

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Areas of Law

  • Corporate Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate Finance


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Of Counsel

Admission Details

Admitted in 1973, New York
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Law School Attended

Columbia University School of Law
Class of 1972

University Attended

Hofstra University
Class of 1968
magna cum laude

Birth Information

Born in 1947
Brooklyn, New York, April 10, 1947

Associations & Memberships

American Bar AssociationNew York State Bar AssociationNassau County Bar AssociationWNET Thirteen Board MemberShakespeare & Co. Board MemberMa... More

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(516) 741-6565


(516) 741-6706


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Barry R. Shapiro
Of Counsel
 990 Stewart Avenue, Suite 300,
Garden City, NY 11530


Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. (Garden City, New York)

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