Russell Shapiro is a member of the firm’s Corporate & Securities Group, an area in which he has practiced for his entire career, focusing in particular on mergers and acquisitions. In the last several years, Russell has spent considerable time working on accounting firm mergers where he has gained significant recognition. Russell's industry insight and his clients' diverse business objectives have shown him that every transaction demands its own solutions. As a result, he is committed to listening to his clients, understanding their industries, and designing transactions to meet their specific strategic goals. Russell’s more than two decades of successful practice in this area have allowed him to serve as an expert witness in merger disputes.

Russell's insight on tax and finance issues is deepened considerably by his status as a certified public accountant, giving him a nuanced understanding of his clients' needs and the ability to craft the most effective tax and finance strategies. Russell’s background has led him to develop especially deep experience representing accounting firms, which he regularly assists with partnership agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and the enforcement of restrictive covenants. He performs similar work for other professional services firms, including law firms, consulting firms and investment banks.

In particular, in the last several years, Russell has worked on a number of nationally recognized accounting firm mergers, including: UHY Texas and BDO; SS&G and BDO; Wolf & Co. and BKD; Gainer Donnolly and Carr, Riggs & Ingram; Pender Newkirk and Warren Averett; Stone Carlie and BDO; Peterson Sullivan and Clothier & Head; Argy, Wiltse & Robinson and BDO; Arnett Foster and Carbis Walker, and several others.

Russell also serves as outside general counsel to a variety of privately held companies that average between $20 million and $200 million in sales. He has also spent a significant part of his career on transactional engagements for clients in the scrap metal industry, including the purchase and sale of scrap companies.

After serving more than a decade as the head of LP’s Corporate & Securities practice, Russell is now honored to play a role in charting the firm’s future and ensuring its commitment to client satisfaction through his membership on LP’s Executive Committee.

  • Bar Admissions: Illinois, 1989

    Education: University of Illinois, B.S., 1986, with highest honors, Accounting
    University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1989

  • Memberships: Spertus Institute Trustee, Executive Committee
    Appointed Northbrook Industrial & Commercial Development Commission
    Chicago Bar Association - Corporation and Business Law Committee
    American Bar Association - Corporate Law Section

  • Honors & Awards: Named as a Leading Lawyer by the Leading Lawyers Network
    Illinois Super Lawyer - 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
    AV Rated - Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review