Beata Shapiro Partner




Beata Shapiro has extensive experience working with insurance and transportation companies, including public and private carriers, shippers and intermediaries, on defense of claims for personal injury, wrongful death, property damage, product liability, environmental claims, and claims for freight shortage, theft, and damage. In addition, she has represented numerous entities in suits to recoup for property damages, including cargo damages, and freight charge disputes. Beata also helps clients with preparation of shipping and shipping logistics contracts, employment guidelines, document retention policies, and with regulatory compliance and has represented clients in administrative proceedings resulting from federal and state agency fines.  Beata has also worked with numerous clients on emergency response and product recall, including interfacing with government agencies, experts, and adjusters with investigation and evidence gathering, managing environmental clean-ups and assessments, and preparing public statements on behalf of the client.

Beata brings to her cases a wealth of talent and experience gained from diverse ventures, including study of economics and business in Italy and France, clerking for a Massachusetts state court judge, and assisting institutional and private high-value investors with investments in stocks, bonds, mutual funds and non-traditional investment vehicles while working for an international investment corporation. She served as a legislative aide in the office of a Massachusetts state senator, where she researched and drafted legislation in areas such as stem cell research, child protection, consumer safety, taxation, insurance and constitutional law. Beata was also a legal intern at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation in Washington, DC, a federal agency providing financing and insurance for high-risk foreign investment, where she researched and analyzed domestic and international law, including provisions of bilateral and regional trade agreements, such as NAFTA, and assisted with real estate closings and commercial finance and political risk insurance claims in Latin America and Eastern Europe. As an attorney, she has also worked extensively with domestic banks and investors in commercial and residential real estate transactions.

Areas of Focus

Art Law
Prior to law school, Beata studied fine art and art history in Italy and France, including courses at Harvard University and Università degli Studi di Parma.  She also worked for Skinner Auctioneers in Boston.  Beata focuses an important part of her transportation practice on litigation pertaining to shipments of high value collectibles and fine jewelry. 

Beata has published articles and conducted educational seminars for clients and organizations in the transportation industry on topics ranging from state and federal court procedures to substantive legal issues and litigation strategies for defending actions related to catastrophic personal injury, cargo damage/shortage, regulatory compliance, product liability, insurance coverage and subrogation claims.

Beata is the national coordinating counsel for several insurance companies with respect to pre- and post-litigation handling of claims under personal auto and small, medium and large fleet policies.

Product Liability
Beata defends clients against product liability and mass tort actions in a variety of categories, from commercial vehicles to consumer and commercial products. She represents U.S.-based businesses as well as Canadian companies confronting exposures arising from U.S. product liability litigation.

Real Estate / Premises Liability
From transactional real estate to corporate issues and government relations to land use and zoning issues, Beata handles matters that arise from the ownership and management of real property. In addition, she defends clients in premises liability claims.