Mr. Shapiro has been a leader in the field of dispute resolution and energy markets for the past 25 years. He has worked in all aspects of the energy industry including oil, gas, hydropower, electric power, renewable and energy efficiency. As a seasoned mediator and arbitrator working in the regulated and commercial energy markets he provides a critical resource in resolving contract disputes, governance
questions, cross-industry sector disputes, and other conflicts where subject
matter knowledge and process skills combine into a needed skill set. He seeks a partnership with a law firm that is entrepreneurial and progressively minded where he can share his contacts and networks as an energy practitioner to the benefit of the firm and provide coaching/counseling in ADR advocacy matters before the firm.
Energy Law Expert
Family Business Law
Leveraging others strengths
07/1990 to 02/2008
ATTORNEY ADVISOR, ADR SPECIALISTFEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION － Washington, DC
Mr. Shapiro reported to the Director, Office of Administrative Litigation and Dispute Resolution providing mediation services to energy providers, involved in business-to-business disputes in a newly de-regulated energy industry.
Highlights include: Large Generator Interconnection - creating model interconnection agreement for suppliers and transmission providers permitting easier grid access for different products and suppliers.
PJM Reliability Pricing Model - established capacity market auctions for Independent System Operator comprising 14 States in the Mid-Atlantic Region including the District of Columbia.
Small Generator Interconnection - created model interconnection agreements for small generators opening up first renewable markets in US.
Toledo Bend Hydro Power - resolved flooding dispute involving downstream property owners, dam owners and operators, local elected officials and FEMA.
In addition, Mr. Shapiro provided training and coaching services to Staff, Other Federal Departments and regulated entity personnel.
These efforts included:.
Organized 24 Federal Agencies to sign a pledge committing to use Alternative Dispute Resolution methodologies to settle federal contracting disputes, resulting in ADR becoming part of the Contract Disputes Act.
Providing Staff and Energy Bar Association Training in Negotiation, Mediation Advocacy and Multiparty Mediation.
Provided conflict coaching to FERC Office Directors.
09/1983 to 06/1990
AssociateCONTINENTAL TELEPHONE, INC PREDESSOR TO GENERAL TELEPHONE & ELECTRONICS, INC
Corporate Counsel for DOD Telecommunications Supply and Service Contracts, US Air Force and US Army, as military communications headquarters converted from POTS - Plain Old Telephone Service, to Network based, ISDN, high-speed, electronic communication systems.
Impacted bases include Malmstrom AFB, MT., Whiteman AFB KS, Los Angeles AFB, CA, and Scott AFB, MO.
Provided litigation strategic support to outside counsel on contract disputes with the Department of the Army as A76 contracts succeeded in replacing government provided maintenance and operations with contractor operated and maintained at 27 US Army installations across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Regions of the US.
Counsel for new bids and procurements reviewing RFP terms and conditions, technical specifications/cost line items, cost/technical/management proposals, and representations and certifications for contract compliance.
US Environmental Protection Agency
Mediator/Facilitator for restoring the Housatonic River downstream from Pittsfield, MA, through Lenox and Great Barrington to Connecticut; and worked with the City of Front Royal on re-allocating property rights back to the City and Forest Trusts after completion of US Federal consent decree.
Certus Strategies, US, LLC.
Partner, joint Canadian/US owned energy ADR firm geared towards working with local towns, communities, and gas fracking companies to negotiate effective environmental protections protecting interests of all parties.
Press, Potter & Dozier, LLC － Bethesda, MD.
Provided ADR Services consistent with projects outlined above.
Education and Training
Bachelor of Business AdministrationAdelphi University
J.DAntioch University School of Law
George Washington University Law CenterPost Graduate Law Classes - Government Contract Law
Harvard Law SchoolPost Graduate Law Classes - Negotiation, Mediation and Advanced Mediation
*American Arbitration Association Arbitration - Advanced Arbitrator
Training and Certification
*Member - The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - Training and
*The Center for Dispute Settlement, Advanced Mediation Training,
*Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation - Advanced
Training - Hofstra University Law School
*CDR Associates - Multiparty mediation and public policy
*Construction Dispute Resolution Services - Arbitration Training
Shapiro has qualifications as a mediator and arbitrator in the regulated and commercial energy markets providing a vital resource in resolving contract disputes, governance questions, cross-industry sector disputes, and other conflicts where subject matter knowledge and process skills combine into a needed skill set.
He seeks a law firm that is entrepreneurial minded where he can bring his contacts and networks as an energy practitioner to various program areas within the firm.
Resolution Matters, Inc.
RMI) - January 2008 - Present.
Shapiro, Founder and President
Provided mediation and arbitration services to governmental entities, energy companies, regulators, regional transmission and independent system operators, project developers, financing entities, off-takers, municipal governments and essentially all market participants in commercial and energy markets.
These appointments are made as an Arbitrator and Mediator panelist for the International Center for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the North American Reliability Organizations, Regional Transmission and Independent System Organizations, and the Maryland State Courts.
Specific engagements during this period included:.
Served in the Special Master's Office, September 11, 2001 Fund, under contract to the Department of Justice.
Team leader for personal injury and wrongful death FDNY and NYPD claimants, recommending economic and non-economic loss compensation awards to Special Master under statutory fund to compensate victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Coordinate appeals and draft bench memos for hearing officers under fund hearing procedures.
Supervise work product and train/mentor attorneys on claim production and fund policies/protocols.
Increased efficiency of claims production by streamlining review and claim drafting processes.
Large Complex Commercial ADR matters with party clients including:.
Shell North America.
State of California.
Navajo Tribal Utility.
Midwest Independent System Operators.
New York Independent System Operators.
Pacific Gas & Electric.
City of Los Angeles.
General Counsel and COO - Energy Dynamics, providing energy efficiency products and services to regional commercial markets.
Regulatory Counsel - Abengoa Solar, Inc.
Supported regulatory and federal relations with FERC, Department of Interior, Department of Energy, and the Solar Energy Industry Association for installation of 600MW of utility scale trough projects in Arizona and California.
State of Maryland - Environmental/Public Policy Mediator.
Selected to mediate a joint collaborative between the University of Maryland Medical Hospital, Bon Secours Hospital, St.
Agnes Medical Center, and 15 other community health provider organizations to service populations in West Baltimore without primary care services under the Affordable Care Act.