Rob Shapiro is Senior Counsel in the Private Client Group of Ropes & Gray LLP. From September 1, 2016 through the end of 2019, Rob served as Chief Executive Officer of Ropes Wealth Advisors LLC, and then became Senior Consultant and Retired CEO of RWA. Previously, Rob had been a partner in the Private Client Group of Ropes & Gray LLP from 1987 until August 31, 2016 (and head of the PCG from 1997 to 2006), serving as trustee for many families, chairing the firm's Trust Committee, and focusing his law practice on estate planning, personal and charitable trusts, and philanthropic planning.

Rob serves as chair of the board of governors of the Handel and Haydn Society. He has also been a trustee of the Peabody Essex Museum for more than twenty-five years, and served as president of the board from 2005 to 2020. He is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. From 2006 to 2012 he was a member of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University, having previously been president of the Harvard Alumni Association and president of the Harvard Law School Association. In May 2018, Rob received the Harvard medal, awarded for extraordinary service to the university. He has also served as a trustee of Phillips Exeter Academy for ten years, and of Noble and Greenough School for more than twenty years.


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