Mark L. Shapiro is a partner in Holland & Knight's Chicago office. Mr. Shapiro represents employers in both traditional labor matters and employment matters. His practice includes both litigation and counseling throughout the United States for public and private companies in numerous industries from manufacturing and construction to restaurants, hotels and high tech.

Mr. Shapiro represents employers in union avoidance and opposing union organizing attempts, strikes, collective bargaining and contract administration. He also litigates grievance arbitrations and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.

He has extensive litigation experience, including jury trials, in federal and state trial courts, before administrative agencies and in appellate courts, including defense of class-based and single plaintiff cases under Title VII, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, OSHA, Employee Retirement Income Security Act, Equal Pay Act, Energy Reorganization Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, and numerous state and local fair employment practices laws. He also has defended against many non‑statutory claims, including breach of contract, wrongful discharge, defamation, infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy and negligent hiring/supervision/retention. In addition, Mr. Shapiro has prosecuted and defended cases involving noncompetes, trade secrets and employee disloyalty.

Mr. Shapiro also counsels employers on terminations, reductions in force, plant closures, wage‑hour and all aspects of federal and state employment laws. He writes and reviews affirmative action plans, drug programs, sexual harassment policies, noncompetes, employment contracts, trade secret protections, employee privacy policies and employee handbooks. Mr. Shapiro also drafts alternative dispute resolution procedures and has served as a court appointed arbitrator. Mr. Shapiro has spoken at numerous seminars for trade association, bar association and other groups on a variety of employment related topics.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Shapiro was an attorney with the Solicitor’s Office of the U.S. Department of Labor.


  • The University of Chicago Law School, J.D.
  • Wesleyan University, B.A., with honors
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Illinois
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Honors & Awards
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Labor & Employment, 2010-2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer, Labor and Employment Law


Speaking Engagements