Robert N. Shapiro


  • 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)


  • Massachusetts, 1978
  • Honorable Jon O. Newman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • President of Trustees, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA 
  • Overseer, 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

Robert N. Shapiro


Rob Shapiro has been a partner in the Private Client Group of Ropes & Gray since 1987. He serves as trustee for numerous trusts and concentrates his practice on estate planning, personal trusts, charitable trusts and foundations, and philanthropic planning.

For nine years, Rob served as the prior head of the department and he is currently chair of the firm’s Trust Conference, which is responsible for the investment management of trust accounts for which Ropes & Gray partners serve as trustees. In addition to his private client practice, Rob is also the partner in charge of firmwide attorney training at Ropes & Gray.

For over 25 years, Rob has served as an advisor, legal counsel and trustee for high net worth individuals, families who undertake generational planning, senior executives of private and public companies and other clients of established wealth. He works closely with clients to provide strategic advice on estate and trust planning, and also financial and investment planning, including appropriate tax alternatives to meet their goals.

Rob’s practice also includes the organization and administration of comprehensive arrangements for families. His experience in this area comes from extensive work with different generational levels of many families, and his work covers varied responsibilities ranging 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 includes establishing and administering family foundations and philanthropic initiatives. He advises, as well, numerous cultural institutions, development offices of schools and universities, and other non-profit organizations on planned-giving matters. Given his strong commitment to education in the broadest sense, Rob serves on the boards of educational and cultural institutions and also serves as independent counsel for several of them.


  • The Best Lawyers in America (2010-2016)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2004-2013)