John Schapiro is a partner in the Business and Finance Department, Practice Leader of the Taxation Group, and a member of the Trusts and Estates Group. He practices in the areas of tax and estate planning for businesses and families; tax-advantaged financing; joint ventures; mergers and acquisitions (representing sellers and buyers); business formation, financing, and structuring; family partnerships; insurance trusts; and executive compensation.
John has counseled middle-market businesses, their executives, and their families for over 25 years. He combines extensive experience as a transactional business attorney with expertise in federal and state income taxes, and estate and inheritance taxes. He understands the need of business owners to balance family obligations with stewardship of an enterprise with employees, bankers, outside investors, and long-term customers and suppliers . . . and perhaps even tax auditors.
Stanford University Law School (J.D. 1981)
Managing Editor, Stanford Law Review
Order of the Coif
Yale University (B.A. 1978, summa cum laude)
Phi Beta Kappa
Gift Planning in the Wake of Fiscal Cliff Developments, The Legal Intelligencer’s Wealth Management and Finance supplement, February 5, 2013.
Prior to joining the firm, John was a partner in the Corporate and Tax Departments of Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen LLP, and a shareholder of Horvitz P.C., a boutique firm founded by legendary Philadelphia tax attorney Selwyn Horvitz.
John had judicial clerkships with Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., of the United States Supreme Court, and with Judge J. Skelly Wright of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
John currently serves on the Board of Directors of Congregation Mishkan Shalom and is Chair of Development for the Congregation.