Jonathan Shapiro is co-chair of Littler's Financial Services Industry Group. He has extensive experience in employment, labor and employee benefits law and litigation. Jonathan represents employers before state and federal courts across the country in complex wage-and hour class and collective actions and cases that involve discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination and other employment matters.

Jonathan has defended executives in white-collar criminal investigations and litigation. In addition, he counsels employers on various issues concerning employment law compliance and managing a workforce, including:

  • Wage and hour compliance and exemption classification
  • Payroll practices and personnel policies and practices
  • Hiring and termination of employees
  • Audits and investigations
  • Employment agreements and severance packages for executives

Professional & Community Affiliations


Section of Labor & Employment Law

American Bar Association


Maine State Bar Association


Massachusetts Bar Association


New York State Bar Association


District of Columbia Bar


Named, The Best Lawyers in America®


Ranked, Labor & Employment

Chambers USA


Named, Super Lawyer

New England

Super Lawyers

2007- 2016

Named, International Who's Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers

Who's Who Legal


Named, Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers in America


Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating


Named, BTI Client Service All-Star Team


News, Analysis & Press

Hiring Restrictions Loosened for Banks

SHRM Online

February 24, 2023

An Excuse To Miss Work? World Cup Fever Hits Maine

Portland Press Herald

June 26, 2014

In Rebuttal, Jonathan Shapiro and Eric Uhl: Two sides to every story

Sun Journal

March 3, 2014

CDC suit gets new lawyers; computer info secured

Sun Journal

January 31, 2014

March Madness Risky For Maine Businesses

Bangor Daily News

March 14, 2011

Be Mindful of March Madness

Portland Press Herald

February 23, 2010

Can Maine Employers Legally Hire Unpaid Interns?

The Exception

October 30, 2009

"Moonlighting" Employees–Factors to Consider


June 5, 2009

Books & Book Chapters

  • Model Policies and Forms for Maine Employers, American Chamber of Commerce Resources, 2016-2017

Speaking Engagements

Virtual Financial Services Roundtable

New York, NY

April 6, 2021

New York Financial Services Roundtable

New York, NY

June 12, 2019

New York Financial Services Roundtable

New York, NY

September 25, 2018

New York Financial Services Roundtable

New York, NY

June 20, 2018

New York Financial Services Roundtable

New York, NY

February 13, 2018

New York Financial Services Roundtable

New York, NY

October 25, 2017

Financial Services and Corporate Compliance

New York, NY

November 30, 2016

Background Screening in the Financial Services Industry

April 28, 2016

Corporate Compliance & Financial Services Update

New York, NY

November 19, 2015

DOL's Proposed Changes to the White Collar Regulations: What Should Employers Do Now?

Portland, ME

July 23, 2015


  • J.D., Duke University School of Law, 1987With Honors
  • B.A., McGill University, 1984with distinction

Bar Admission

New York
District of Columbia


  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York