Jonathan Shapiro

Jonathan Shapiro

Jonathan Shapiro

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  • 3955 Chain Bridge Rd, Fl 2 Fairfax, VA 22030
  • 703-352-0100
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Jonathan Shapiro graduated from Northwestern University in 1971 and from American University, Washington College of Law in 1974. He has been litigating cases ever since, with a three-year break to serve as a Clinical Instructor at the Criminal Justice Clinic, and as Director of the Institutionalized Persons Clinic at Washington College of Law. In 2001, he was honored by his law school with the Peter Cicchino Alumni Award for “Outstanding Advocacy in the Public Interest Within the United States,” as a distinguished criminal defense attorney.

Jon has handled countless criminal cases in the state and federal courts, including conspiracies and white-collar crimes, and has extensive appellate experience. He has also litigated a number of civil rights cases involving jails, prisons and institutions for the mentally disabled. Along with his partner Peter Greenspun, he handled the defense of John Muhammad, the accused “Beltway Sniper.” Jon also handled the defense of Jim Nicholson, a CIA Station Chief, and of Brian Regan, an NSA employee, both charged with espionage.

Jon has been listed for years in the Best Lawyers in America for White-Collar and Non-White-Collar Criminal Defense. He is frequently listed in Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Lawyers, most recently in 2011 for the best criminal defenders in the Washington DC area. Also, he is always included in The Washington Post Magazine’s yearly listing of The Washington DC Area’s Best Lawyers. Jon was the long-time chair of the Criminal Law Committee of the Alexandria Bar Association and is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars. He was selected as a Faculty Member for the Virginia State Bar Professionalism course. Jon handles complex criminal law at the trial and appellate levels in the state and federal courts. In 2009, Jon became an adjunct professor at Washington and Lee University College of Law.


“ I came to criminal law in the spirit of the 1960’s propelled by a desire to protect the weak from the vast power of an overbearing government. Through the years, many clients have trusted me to help them through the most difficult time of their lives. That so many of them call me friend is some evidence that I have been successful. ”


  • Commonwealth of Virginia


  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit


  • Northwestern University, Bachelor of Arts (1971)
  • American University, Juris Doctor (1974)


  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Alexandria Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Criminal Law Committee (1994-2005)
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
    • Board Member (2006 – 2010)
  • Cooperating Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (2008 – Present)


  • Virginia Super Lawyers (2007 – present)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers (2008 – present)
  • Northern Virginia Magazine, Top Criminal Lawyers (2010)
  • Washingtonian magazine
    • Top Lawyers: Criminal Defenders (2009)
    • Washington’s Top 800 Lawyers: Criminal Defense “Who to Call When You are Under Arrest!” (2004)
    • Best Lawyers in America, White-Collar & Non-White-Collar Criminal Defense (2009)
  • Virginia Business, The Legal Elite: Criminal Law (2009)
  • Peter Cicchinio Alumni Award for Outstanding Advocacy in the Public Interest Within the United States, Washington College of Law (2001)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating


  • Washington and Lee University, School of Law
    • Professor of Practice (2009-2011)
      • Courses: Criminal Procedure, The Criminal Practice Practicum
    • Visiting Professor of Law (2011)
      • Courses: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, The Criminal Practice Practicum
      • Mentor: Washington and Lee Innocence Project
  • American University Washington College of Law
    • Clinical Instructor, Criminal Justice Clinic (1986)
    • Director, Institutionalized Persons Clinic (1987-1989)
    • Adjunct Professor (1989-1991, 1998)
  • Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course
    • Faculty Member (1996-1998)