Steven H. Shapiro

Partner & Corporate Practice Chair

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Toll Free: 1-844-285-4263 ext. 761

Direct : 847-208-2326

Office : Chicago

A former public company General Counsel, Steve Shapiro returned to private practice to provide his clients with the same level of responsiveness, sound judgment and billing flexibility that he required as a General Counsel.

A highly accomplished transactional lawyer, effective negotiator and seasoned business adviser, Mr. Shapiro focuses his practice in three areas:

Technology and IT Contracting
Mr. Shapiro has extensive experience in technology contracting and related transactions, both on the provider side, as a General Counsel of a technology vendor, and on the procurement side, representing numerous purchasers of technology and technology consulting. He quickly sizes up the risks to and benefits for a company, using his practicality and real-world business knowledge. He then leverages his market knowledge, creativity and negotiating skills to complete contracts that work best for his client’s particular situation and business needs.

Mergers & Acquisitions
Named as an Illinois Super Lawyer for M&A for the last 6 years by Super Lawyer magazine, Mr. Shapiro completes M&A, banking, venture capital and securities issuances successfully, efficiently and collegially. He has represented publicly traded companies, start-ups, banks, investment banks, venture capitalists and private equity funds in several types of sophisticated deals in a range of industries.

Financing and Securities Transactions
Mr. Shapiro also handles financing and securities transactions and has extensive experience counseling both public and private companies and Boards of Directors on corporate governance and other issues. He has worked on public and private securities offerings, venture capital financings and every type of lending transactions from small loans to multi-million dollar syndicated loans, asset-based loans, working capital.

Representative Experience

  • Sale of $30 million internet company
  • Rewrote and negotiated SaaS agreement for a superregional bank’s largest software vendor
  • Negotiated all software licensing and consulting agreements for one of the U.S. largest mall operators
  • Numerous secured lending financings, ranging in size up to $100 million
  • $25 million rights offering for technology consulting company
  • Created forms for a star-up data analytics platform
  • Advised Special Committee of Board for financial institution in a series of convertible preferred stock financings
  • Most trusted adviser on technology contracts for national consumer finance company

Selected Presentations, Publications & Features
Mr. Shapiro has written several articles, made numerous presentations and has spoken nationally on a wide range of topics, including the following:

  • Featured in Corporate Secretary Magazine, “Who’s Judging the Corporate Governance Awards”
  • Podcast Interview, “Hiring Outside Counsel,” on
  • Featured in lead article in May 2016 NIRI Update, “Cybersecurity 101 for the IRO”
  • Speaker, NIRI Chicago Chapter, “Safety in Numbers: Cybersecurity 101 for the IRO” 2016
  • Panelist, PLI’s Pocket MBA, “Insights from the Audit Committee”
  • Speaker, The Law Project, “Board Roles and Responsibilities”
  • Moderator, “Records Management and Privacy Issues”
  • Speaker, Cybersecurity Threats and Legal Obligations”
  • Speaker and Founder “Cybersecurity Preparedness for 2016”
  • Speaker, “Cybersecurity for the General Counsel”
  • Quoted in “How Can More Lawyers Become Tech Company CEOs” on
  • Created and Founded “Doing Deals” Seminar for PLI, 1995-Present

Awards & Recognitions

  • Illinois Super Lawyer (a Thomson Reuters service) as published in Super Lawyers magazine (2014-2018)
  • “Top Attorneys in Illinois” as published in Chicago Magazine
  • Corporate Governance Professional of the Year, Corporate Secretary magazine (November 2010)
  • Member of team nominated for Chairman’s Award, FMC Corporation (2001)

Interesting Facts
Steve loves to spend time with his family. He is a Masters swimmer and a former marathoner and triathlete. He loves music, has started learning about classical music and opera and is a fan of classic rock, particularly the Beatles and The Boss (Bruce Springsteen). A voracious reader, Steve has read every Stephen King book.

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