Robert N. Shapiro

Retired Partner

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  • JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1978; Ames Moot Court competition winner
  • AB, cum laude, Harvard College, 1972; Phi Beta Kappa, Fiske Scholar to Trinity College, Cambridge University (1972-1973)

Qualifications

  • Massachusetts, 1978
  • Honorable Jon O. Newman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • President of Trustees, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA 
  • Governor, Handel & Haydn Society, Boston, MA

Prior positions:

  • Member of Board of Overseers, Harvard University
  • President, Harvard Law School Association
  • President, Harvard Alumni Association
  • Chairman, Friends of the Phillips Exeter Academy Library
  • Trustee, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH
  • Trustee, Noble and Greenough School, Dedham, MA
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2010-2017)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2004-2013)

Robert N. Shapiro

Retired Partner

Rob Shapiro was a partner in the private client group of Ropes & Gray from 1987 until his retirement on August 31, 2016. He concentrated his practice on estate planning, personal trusts, charitable trusts and foundations, and philanthropic planning. On September 1, 2016, Rob became the Chief Executive Officer of Ropes Wealth Advisors, LLC , a registered investment adviser with the Securities and Exchange Commission and affiliate of Ropes & Gray.

Experience

For over 25 years, Rob served as legal counsel, advisor and trustee for high net worth individuals, families who undertake generational planning and other clients of established wealth. Rob continues to serve as trustee for many established trusts working closely with clients and trust beneficiaries. Before retiring from practicing law, Rob was instrumental in structuring the organization and administration of comprehensive arrangements for those families with whom he worked. His experience in this area came from extensive work with different generational levels of many families, and his work ranges from financial planning advice and the organization of investments to the oversight of clients’ employees and caregivers and provision for the educational priorities of clients’ children and grandchildren. Rob’s practice also included establishing and administering family foundations and philanthropic initiatives. For nine years, Rob served as the head of the department.