Worked at various law firms in the employment law departments prior to founding Deborah A. Shapiro, LLC (employment law practice) in 2004.
Focused on employment law since 1995. Experienced in counseling clients on discrimination and harassment issues, wage and hour laws, restrictive covenants, and other labor and employment topics; conducting workplace investigations; training managers and employees on diversity and sensitivity issues; drafting employment policies and handbooks; and negotiating employment agreements. Litigated employment cases in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies and arbitrators from 1996 through 2002.
Actively involved as a neutral since 2004, serving as a mediator, arbitrator, and hearing officer. Mediate employment disputes as a privately engaged mediator as well as for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York ("SDNY") and, previously, for the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Member of the Mediator Advisory Committee for the SDNY and participated in development of pilot program for mediating wage and hour cases filed in the SDNY. Arbitrator for FINRA and the Joint Committee on Fee Disputes and Conciliation, Part 137. Hearing officer in municipal labor matters. Previously, hearing officer for New York City's Office of Labor Relations.
Adjunct professor of law at Fordham Law School, teaching Negotiations since 2007. Co-taught Fordham Law School's Mediation and Negotiation Practicum from 2008-2017.