The National Law Journal has selected 100 lawyers who shape the legal world through their work in the courtroom, at the negotiating table, in the classroom or in government. They have taken on major legal battles and orchestrated the biggest corporate deals. They’ve tackled unpopular causes and helped run giant corporations.
Inside the courtroom, Robert Shapiro, 70, a partner at Glaser Weil Fink Jacobs Howard Avchen & Shapiro, has earned a reputation as one of the best civil and criminal defense attorneys in the country. He’s represented O.J. Simpson, Christian Brando, Robert Evans and Steve Wynn. Shapiro has built an equally strong reputation by giving everyday people greater access to legal documents through the company he co-founded, LegalZoom.com. The company seeks to provide a lower-cost alternative to legal needs, providing an online service to help with everything from trademarks to last wills.