Alexandra Shapiro is a criminal defense lawyer and one of the leading appellate lawyers in the United States. She was one of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's first clerks on the Supreme Court, served as a federal prosecutor in Manhattan, and later founded an elite litigation "boutique" firm that handles many high-profile cases. For information about Alexandra's law practice, click here.
In early 2021, Alexandra embarked on a new journey — fiction writing. She wanted to raise awareness about problems with the criminal justice system and how sometimes even innocent people can get unfairly prosecuted in the United States. Her book shows how the system does not always function properly even for those with significant financial resources, let alone the numerous criminal defendants who face the challenge of prosecution with little to no resources at all.
The book is a legal thriller entitled Presumed Guilty: A Novel and was published in March 2022 by New Degree Press. It is available in paperback, hardback (with special foreword by noted defense lawyer John D. Cline), e-book, and audiobook formats.
Alexandra, a native New Yorker, has three children, lives in Manhattan with her husband (another criminal defense lawyer) and is an avid photographer. You can view some of her photographic work here.