Robert Leslie Shapiro was born on the 2nd September 1942, in Plainfield, New Jersey USA, of Jewish ancestry. He is an attorney and senior partner at the law firm Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP in Los Angeles, and is probably best known for being a member of the team of lawyers who defended O. J. Simpson, accused of the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1994. Shortly after the trial Shapiro began to specialize in civil matters. Robert Shapiro has been accumulating his net worth working as a lawyer since 1968.
How much is the net worth of Robert Shapiro? It has been estimated by sources that the overall size of his wealth is as much as $50 million, as of the data given in mid-2016.
Robert Shapiro Net Worth $50 Million
To begin with, Robert matriculated from Hamilton High School in 1961, to the University of California (Anderson School of Business); in 1968, he graduated with the degree of Doctor of Law at Loyola Law School.
In 1969, Robert Shapiro started his career at the Bar of California; since then, he has worked with such famous sportsmen as O. J. Simpson, Jose Canseco, Vince Coleman, and other stars such as Christian Brando, Ol’ Dirty Bastard and the of family Kardashians. In civil cases Shapiro represents, among others, such personalities, professionals as well as companies like Steve Wynn and Wynn Resorts, Occidental Petroleum Corporation, the actress Eva Longoria, Rockstar Games and the Diamond Resorts International. In 2013, the National Law Journal inducted him into the list of most influential lawyers in the USA.
To add more, Shapiro is the co-founder of the company LegalZoom, the aim of which is to provide a wide range of legal documents on-line. It realizes the goal through the usage of the website which among other things allows you to generate a specific legal instrument (to give examples, a will, the contract of sale or rent real estate, divorce, company formation, registration of the mark). It was launched on 12th March 2001 and has considerably increased the size of the net worth that belongs to Robert Shapiro.
Furthermore, Shapiro is the co-founder of ShoeDazzle. Initially, the members who have paid their subscription in the amount of $39.95 per month, could within a fixed fee choose products with a personalized set of shoes, handbags and jewelry. Then the subscription was abolished, and then restored in the amount of $9.95. The website now has well over 10 million members, and still increasing.
On top of this, Shapiro is the author of the books: “The Search for Justice”, “A Defense Attorney’s Brief on the O.J. Simpson Case” and “Misconception”. He also created the book about drugs for children – “Somo says NO”. All have contributed somewhat to his net worth.
Finally, in the personal life of the lawyer, Shapiro married Linnell Thomas in 1970 with whom he has a son, Grant. Their elder son named Brent died on 25th October, 2005 (being 25 years old) after taking ecstasy in combination with alcohol. His death gave impetus to establish The Brent Shapiro Foundation which is a non-profit organization whose goal is to increase awareness about drugs.
Had a falling out with fellow attorney F. Lee Bailey during a 1994 federal case in which the two friends and occasional partners in litigation defended one of the world's major marijuana smugglers. As part of a verbal plea bargain negotiated by the attorneys, their client agreed to forfeit his assets to the federal government, including stock holdings whose value had appreciated from $6 million to $20 million between the time of the plea bargain and the date when the federal government attempted to collect. The plea bargain was not in writing, so a federal judge held a hearing to determine the terms of the deal. Appearing as the lead witness for the federal government was Shapiro, who testified that his understanding of the agreement was that the government was entitled to the appreciated portion of the stock. When Bailey did not produce the stock or the cash equivalent, the judge jailed Bailey. After 44 days in a federal detention center, Bailey gave up his claim to the stock and eventually was disbarred by the bar of the state of Florida. Viewing Shapiro's action as a betrayal, Bailey swore never to deal with Shapiro again.
Defended Christian Brando, the son of Marlon Brando, on charges of murdering his sister Cheyenne's boyfriend Dag Drollett. Shapiro was recommended to Marlon by Marlon's friend William Kunstler, the famous cause attorney who was not a criminal lawyer. Through judicial maneuvering, Shapiro got the court to throw out Christian's jail-house confession as the detective, when warning him of his right to an attorney, failed to inform him of his right to have a public defender appointed to defend him if he could not afford to pay for his own attorney. The detective failed to mention this as he was convinced that Christian would have access to an attorney via his very wealthy father. In fact, Marlon did pay for his son's defense, the court argued that Christian's rights were violated since he had not been informed of his right to a public defender if penurious. This ruling, plus the fact that Marlon had spirited his daughter out of the United States, making it impossible for the court to hear her eye-witness testimony to the shooting, enabled Shapiro to approach the Los Angeles district attorney with a plea bargain. The district attorney accepted Christian's offer to plead guilty to aggravated manslaughter. A sentence was not part of the deal, and while the district attorney pressed for a full 16-year prison sentence for the crime, Christian was finally sentenced to 10 years.
Graduated from UCLA in 1965; law degree from Loyola University of Los Angeles.