Max Shapiro is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s Litigation & Trial Department.

Mr. Shapiro regularly handles complex commercial disputes, with experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including drafting and defending against motions, assisting with fact and expert discovery, managing large-scale document productions, and preparing for trial. Mr. Shapiro represents individuals and major companies in complex disputes relating to breach of contract, trade secret misappropriation, trademark infringement, securities actions, and fiduciary duty-related issues.

Mr. Shapiro also maintains an active pro bono practice, including representation of defendants in the juvenile justice system as well as low-income tenants who have been unlawfully evicted.

Mr. Shapiro received his JD from the UCLA School of Law, where he received a Masin Family Academic Excellence Award and earned Moot Court Honors. While in law school, he externed for Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He also served as an extern in the criminal division at the United States Attorney’s Office, and received defense-side experience as a clerk for the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office.

Mr. Shapiro’s recent representation includes:

  • Defending a plant-based meat company in a long-running trade secret and contract dispute with its former co-manufacturer; resolved favorably at trial
  • Winning dismissal with prejudice of securities class action on behalf of a data center developer
  • Representing a biopharmaceutical company in litigation arising out of multiple merger agreements
  • Representing a real estate investment trust in a breach of contract dispute over a half-billion dollar redevelopment project
  • Representing a franchisee of major fitness franchise in contract and IP dispute involving co-founders

Bar Qualification

  • California


  • JD, University of California, Los Angeles
  • BA, Georgetown University
    magna cum laude