Member Profile

Michelle J. Shapiro

Arent Fox LLP | Attorneys at Law 1301 Avenue of the Americas, Floor 42 New York, NY 10019

New York

Phone: 212.484.3943

Practice Areas

Compliance Counseling

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act / Anti-Corruption

Government Investigations


White-Collar Crime

Corporate Crime


Columbia Law School, 1998, JD, Washington University in St Louis, 1994, AB, with honors

Michelle Shapiro

Professional Profile

Michelle J. Shapiro is a partner in the Government Enforcement & White Collar group of Arent Fox in New York. She is also a member of the firm’s Business Compliance & Integrity Monitorships. For nearly 20 years, Michelle has represented companies and individuals through all phases of investigations, criminal prosecutions and enforcement actions by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), US Attorney’s Offices across the country, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), state attorneys general offices, the US Department of Commerce and the World Bank, among others. Among her proudest achievements are non-public resolutions of government and internal investigations without charges, media coverage or significant business disruption for her clients. A key component of Michelle's practice is counseling global companies on how to prevent and detect violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other applicable anti-corruption laws. She helps organizations design, enhance and implement customized compliance programs to address their particular risk profiles, assists with third-party screenings, conducts pre-acquisition anti-corruption due diligence and advises on remediation efforts and other ongoing compliance obligations. Michelle has extensive experience defending government inquiries and conducting internal investigations related to alleged corruption, money laundering, tax fraud, health care fraud, securities fraud, accounting fraud, computer crimes and related concerns. She has conducted transnational internal investigations involving issues in Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Vietnam and elsewhere. She frequently tackles complex and often conflicting data privacy and attorney-client privilege regimes. Michelle is a frequent speaker and author on white collar criminal issues, with an emphasis on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Representative Matters

• Global pharmaceuticals company: Represented in connection with a wide range of FCPA-related matters. This entailed, among other aspects, conducting internal investigations in numerous jurisdictions; advising on extensive enhancements to the company's global compliance program, including coordinating local legal advice in more than 50 countries; and conducting compliance due diligence on proposed business transactions and third-party relationships around the globe. • Global healthcare company: Conducted an internal investigation into multiple whistleblower reports regarding an Algerian subsidiary and its oversight by regional EMEA management, including allegations of bribery, corruption, self-dealing and other improper business practices. • High-profile trader: Represented in connection with investigations by the DOJ and the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) into conduct related to US residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) trades. • Former CEO of a publicly traded company: Represented in FCPA investigations conducted by the DOJ and the SEC; no enforcement action was brought against the client. • Global engineering firm: Represented in connection with an investigation by the World Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency into alleged fraudulent and corrupt practices by an Indian subsidiary. The matter was ultimately settled on terms favorable to the client.

Other Distinctions

• Michelle was selected in Crain's New York Business 2018 list of "Leading Women Lawyers in New York City."


• Co-author, "Dentons' pick of global regulatory trends to watch in 2017," February 9, 2017, • Co-author, "International Standards Organization issues certification standard for anti-bribery compliance systems," Dentons Client Alerts, November 1, 2016, • Co-author, "Disclosing bribery conduct not an easy decision for US companies," Dentons Client Alert, July 8, 2016, • Co-author, "DOJ FCPA pilot program pushes self-disclosures," Dentons Client Alerts, April 12, 2016, • Co-Author, "Are your sponsorship and hospitality controls enough to satisfy the FCPA? Maybe not.," Dentons Client Alerts, June 10, 2015, • Co-author, "SEC emphasizes cooperation and M&A due diligence in $16M Goodyear FCPA settlement," Dentons Client Alerts, February 26, 2015, • Co-author, "Anti-corruption compliance lessons from the Avon settlements," The FCPA Report, Vol. 4, No. 1., January 14, 2015

Prior Experience