Emotions can run high in inheritance and other trusts and estates disputes. When they do, litigator Shira Shapiro helps her clients shoulder the burdens litigation creates and achieve meaningful results. Shira’s practice focuses on Trust and Estates disputes and includes providing guidance and representation for Guardianship and Conservatorship matters. Committed to serving clients from all backgrounds, Shira’s practice has a particular focus on helping clients successfully navigate the complex world of inheritance and other wealth management conflicts.
Shira understands the choices and case strategies that deliver litigation success. Her early experience in all phases of litigation includes an in-depth understanding of the critical components of intellectual property damages analysis and economics. This background gives Shira an enhanced capacity for parsing controlling laws and fully evaluating the financial issues often found at the core of estate and wealth management disputes. Adept at time and resource management, Shira can also help clients realistically assess their situation and implement effective case planning and case management tactics.
Shira represents the entire spectrum of Trust and Estate clients, including individuals and families, beneficiaries, charitable organizations, closely held family enterprises and their members, corporate fiduciaries, conservators, guardians, nonprofits, and personal representatives. Shira has handled cases in Minnesota and in courts across the country. Before attending law school, Shira worked with a litigation and trial consulting company, consulting trial teams from national law firms on presentation and trial theme strategies.
Shira often serves as pro bono counsel, a role in which she works on asylum cases with the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, advises nonprofits, and has represented individuals in matters involving the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. She currently serves as the Public Service Committee Chair for the Twin Cities Cardozo Society, where she helps run the Cardozo Legal Aid Clinic in North Minneapolis, putting into practice the organization’s strongly held commitment to giving back to the community. Shira was selected to be part of the prestigious Twin Cities Harry Kay Leadership Institute and is also currently a member of the firm's Hiring Committee. Shira serves as an Adjunct Professor at Mitchell Hamline College of Law teaching International Business Transactions. Previously, she taught Deals and Dispute Resolution.
- Twin Cities Cardozo Society, Chair, Public Service Committee (2012-present)
- The Advocates for Human Rights, Volunteer Attorney (2011-present)
- William Mitchell Alumni Mentor (2011-2012)
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