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John T. Shapiro

Partner

P: (312) 360-6389 (direct)
F: (312) 360-6520

John is a Partner in the Litigation Practice Group.

John focuses his practice on solving clients' complex business disputes, counseling clients on litigation, employment and business issues, and providing general corporate advice and nonprofit corporation management. His litigation experience includes handling numerous cases involving a wide array of disputes and proceedings in federal and state courts, in arbitration and mediation and before administrative agencies, many on an emergency basis. Among other subjects, John’s litigation matters have involved international and domestic supply chains, breach of contract, fraud, torts, corporate governance, non-compete and non-disclosure agreements, theft of trade secrets, ownership and protection of intellectual property, wages and hour discrimination and other employment-related laws.

From 1991 through 1993, John served as a Law Clerk to the Hon. David S. Doty, United States District Court Judge for the District of Minnesota. From 1985 through 1988, he served as a Congressional Investigator and Professional Staff Member on the Subcommittees on Investigations and Human Resources for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Post Office and the Civil Service. There, he focused his efforts on uncovering and resolving violations of the Ethics in Government Act.

Industry Bio

John Shapiro is a member of the Food Industry Team and provides ongoing business and legal counseling to a variety of food clients.  Among other areas, John focuses on food safety, regulatory compliance and supply chain management and litigation.

In addition, he serves as General Counsel of Inspiration Corporation, a Chicago-based non-profit that assists people affected by poverty and that operates.  Among other programs and services, Inspiration Corporation offers Inspiration Kitchens, a 13-week culinary and restaurant skills training program, conducted in two for-public restaurants, designed to provide participants with the tools they need to secure and retain jobs in the food service industry.

Representative Matters

  • Defended a foreign vodka manufacturing company in a trademark infringement claim resulting in settlement permitting clients to continue use of accused name. 

Practice Areas

Industry Team Membership

Education

  • J.D.,University of Minnesota Law School,cum laude
    Articles Editor, Law Review
  • B.A.,Carleton College

State Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Minnesota 

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Tracing Food:  What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You”, ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Midyear Meeting (February 2014).
  • Presenter, “If You Are Ready For FSMA, You Are (Mostly) Ready For Europe,”  Enterprise Ireland Conference (November 2013).
  • Presenter, “Risks, Recalls and Relief, Oh My!  Food Safety and Mitigation Strategies in the Land of FSMA,” ASQ Food, Drug & Cosmetic Division Webinar (November 2013).
  • Presenter, “Preparation Is Key For Reducing Risk Under FSMA,” Food Processing Magazine Webinar (October 2013).
  • Presenter,  “Preparation Is Key For Reducing Risk Under FSMA,” The Food Regulatory Compliance Summit (October 2013).
  • Presenter, “The Global Supply Chain Food Safety Challenge:  Preparation For Exporting Food To The U.S. In The Food Safety Modernization Act Era,”  Proexport Colombia International Trade Conference (September 2013).
  • Keynote Speaker, “Preparation for a Successful FSMA Implementation,” Mettler Toledo Food Safety Exchange (June 2013).
  • Co-presenter, “Anatomy of a Settlement:  What to Include when Documenting a Business Divorce,” Institute for Supply Management International Conference (May 2013).
  • Presenter, “Advance Preparation for a Successful FSMA Implementation," PMCA Production Conference (April 2013).
  • Keynote Speaker, “An Update on the Food Safety Modernization Act & How FSMA Will Affect Your Operations,” Mettler Toledo Food Safety Exchange (June 2012).
  • Co-presenter, “Do Act of God Leave Your Supplier Relationships Frustrated,” Marsh & McLennan Companies’ Food & Beverage Risk Management Forum (October 2011).
  • Co-presenter, “Transnational Contracts: Drafting Tips and Strategies,” Institute for Supply Management International Conference (May 2011).
  • Co-presenter, “Hidden Issues in Garden Variety Legal Documents: What you Don’t Know Can Hurt You,” Institute for Supply Management International Conference (May 2009).
  • Co-presenter, “The Legal Structure Of An International Supply Chain,” Institute for Supply Management International Conference (May 2009).
  • Co-presenter, “Avoiding Disputes When Winding Down A Supply Relationship,” Institute for Supply Management International Conference (May 2008).
  • Co-presenter, “Electronic Information and Supply Chain Document Retention Policies:  Practical and Strategic Considerations,” Institute for Supply Management International Conference (May 2008).
  • Presenter, “Catastrophic Supply Chain Disruption,” National Association of Purchasing Managers, Central Area (March 2007).

Recent Publications

  • Author, "Jensen Farms’ Fall Underscores Need For Supply Relation Oversight In Era of FSMA," Food Safety Magazine (November 2013).
  • Author, "Are You Ready To Address Whistleblower Complaints?  Preparation Is Key," Food Safety Magazine (October 2013).
  • Author, "Ready Or Not, FDA Must Promulgate Rule On Intentional Adulteration of Food," Food Safety Magazine (September 2013).
  • Author, "FSMA Promulgation Marches On, But Final Deadlines Remain Uncertain," Food Safety Magazine (August 2013).
  • Author, "Court To FDA:  Deadlines Set For Long Overdue FSMA Rules," Food Safety Magazine (July 2013).
  • Co-Author, “FDA Report Offers Valuable Insights on FSMA-Driven Shift in the Food Safety Paradigm,” Food Safety Magazine eDigest (June 2013). 
  • Co-author, “Court to FDA: FSMA Deadlines Required,” Food Safety Magazine (May 7 2013).
  • Co-author, “Legislative Update on FDA’s Qualitative Risk Assessment Draft,”  Food Safety Magazine (April 2013).
  • Author, “Don’t Let the Horse out of the Barn when Your Supply Chain Requires a Cow," IndustryWeek (March 2013).
  • Co-author, “Take Heed: Implementation of FSMA Picks Up Steam,” Food Safety Magazine (March 2013).
  • Co-author, “What Do the Proposed FSMA Rules Mean to the Food Industry,” Food Safety Magazine (February 2013).
  • Author, “Ensuring Success of Food Company Outsourcing,” Food Safety Magazine (December 2012/January 2013).
  • Co-author, “Sunland, Inc. Suspension over Food Contamination May Offer Clues on How FDA Will Utilize  FSMA,” Food Safety Magazine (December 2012).
  • Co-author, “Have you Properly Registered Your Food Facility for FSMA?,” Food Safety Magazine (November 2012).
  • Co-author, “FSMA Legislative Update, Public Interest Organizations Seek to Force FDA’s Hand.” Food Safety Magazine (September 2012).
  • Co-author, “Legislative Update:  Final Rule on Collection of Facility Profiles,” Food Safety Magazine (June 2012).
  • Co-author, “Legislative Update:  2012 Farm Bill,” Food Safety Magazine (May 2012).
  • Co-author, “Food Safety Modernization Act Legislative Update,” Food Safety Magazine (April 2012).
  • Co-author, Article on transnational contracting in the “Law Update” section of Supply Management (July 2011).
  • Co-author, “Outsourced and Under Your Control,” Inside Supply Management (November 2010).
  • Co-author, “Make a Clean Break,” Inside Supply Management (October 2008).
  • Co-author, Chapter, entitled “Witnesses,” in the Lawyers Cooperative Federal Practice Guide, Federal Civil Procedure and Evidence During Trial – 7th Circuit (1997).

Community Service

General Counsel of the award-winning Inspiration Corporation, a Chicago-based nonprofit that assists people affected by homelessness and poverty gain stability. Among many other duties for Inspiration Corporation, Mr. Shapiro counsels both its Board of Directors and professional staff members, overseas business matters, acquisitions, contracts and employment matters. Mr. Shapiro also assists with oversight of Inspiration Kitchens, comprising two for-public restaurants and a catering business from which Inspiration Corporation operates a 13-week restaurant skills training program where participants learn the culinary skills they need to secure and retain jobs in the food service industry.

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Case Studies

Growers and Producers – A North American importer of organic produce Read More »

News

John T. Shapiro recently spoke to Law360 for an article titled "5 Tips for Food Companies Looking to Outsource Production," which published on July 30

Insights

John Shapiro Writes About FDA's Reliance on Food Industry to Implement and Police FSMA Reforms

John Shapiro authored, “FDA Pegs Food Industry With Primary Responsibility For Implementing And Monitoring FSMA Reforms," published June 3, 2014.

John Shapiro Writes About FDA Initiative to Designate High-Risk Food Products

In his article “Are You Making High-Risk Food? FDA Wants to Know," John Shapiro, a member of the Food Industry Team, explains why any food company that manufacturers a food product or uses ingredients designated as high risk should closely follow the FDA’s evolving methodology for assessing which foods are high-risk.

John Shapiro Writes About FSMA Whistleblower Rules and How Food Companies Can Prepare for Claims

Congress built into the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) a powerful deterrent for any food company that might consider skirting FSMA preventive processes or otherwise placing unsafe food into the supply chain. John Shapiro, a member of the Food Industry Team, writes about these whistleblower rules and how food companies can prepare for whistleblower claims, in "FSMA-Related Whistleblower Claims Are on the Rise."

Events

August 7, 2014 - 8:00am to August 10, 2014 - 5:00pm

ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Annual Meeting 2014

Freeborn Partners David Becker and John Shapiro will be attending and presenting at the 2014 ABA TIPS Annual Meeting.
June 18, 2014 - 9:30am

Food Safety Exchange

Freeborn & Peters LLP Partner and Food Industry Team member John Shapiro will be a speaker at the food safety conference, sponsored by Mettler Toledo. John will be speaking on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 on the topic of, "Risk Management Under FSMA."
February 6, 2014 - 9:00am to February 9, 2014 - 7:00pm

ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Midyear Meeting

Partners at Freeborn, William Krucks and John Shapiro, are participating in presentations at the 2014 ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Midyear Meeting in Chicago.
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