Stephen B. Shapiro is a partner and firmwide Construction Industry Practice Group Leader in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., and New York offices. He focuses on domestic and international construction, public contracts, commercial litigation and public-private partnerships. Building on his experience representing contractors and public and private owners, Mr. Shapiro has developed in-depth knowledge of infrastructure, industrial and commercial construction. This experience is derived from working on oil, gas, power, rail, water, wastewater and building projects throughout the world. Mr. Shapiro also has an extensive background in public contracting and government contracts, including procurement, dispute resolution and compliance issues.

Mr. Shapiro has served as lead counsel in complex disputes tried before courts, boards and arbitration tribunals throughout the world. He is a Fellow in the Construction Lawyers Society of America and member of the board of directors of the Associated General Contractors of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., and is a frequent speaker on topics relevant to the construction industry. He also has published numerous professional articles and contributed to several industry textbooks. He is currently serving on the editorial board of Construction Law International.


  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D.
  • University of Maryland, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Virginia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • All Courts in the District of Columbia
  • All State Courts in New York
  • All State Courts in Virginia
  • Associated General Contractors of America, America’s Service and Supply Council Steering Committee, Member; Federal Acquisition Committee, Past Chair
  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
  • American Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section
  • AGC of Metropolitan Washington, Board of Directors
  • Washington Building Congress
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Consulting Constructors' Council of America
Honors & Awards
  • Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Construction Law, 2006-2019
  • The Legal 500 USA, Construction Litigation, 2010-2012, 2014, 2017; Real Estate and Construction: Construction, 2016-2019
  • Who's Who Legal: Construction, 2013-2019; Thought Leader – Construction, 2018-2019; Global Leader, North America, Construction, 2019
  • Guide to the World's Leading Construction Lawyers, Legal Media Group's Expert Guides, 2013, 2015, 2017 
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Washington; D.C. Litigation and Controversy - Construction Lawyer of the Year, 2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Litigation - Construction, Construction Law, 2013-2020
  • Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers magazine, 2011-2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated


Speaking Engagements