Honors and Recognition

Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rating1

Firm: Greenspun Shapiro PC
Attorneys: Peter Greenspun & Jonathan Shapiro

Our attorneys were rated by other members of the bar practicing in similar areas of practice and the judiciary in the United States and Canada. Reviewers are asked to assess their colleagues' general ethical standards and legal ability in a specific area of practice. 

The ratings include review of the following areas:

Legal Knowledge - Lawyer's familiarity with the laws in his or her specific area of practice(s)
Analytical Capabilities - Lawyer's creativity in analyzing legal issues and applying technical knowledge
Judgment - Lawyer's demonstration of the salient factors that drive the outcome of a given case or issue
Communication Ability - Lawyer's capability to communicate persuasively and credibly
Legal Experience - Lawyer's degree of experience in his or her specific area of practice(s)


Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (1996 – Present)

The Bar Register of Pre-eminent Lawyers is hosted by Martindale-Hubbell and includes only those select law practices that have earned the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and have been designated by their colleagues as preeminent in their field.


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Washingtonian Magazine

Greenspun Shapiro PC was named The Face of Criminal Defense by Washingtonian Magazine! (2017)

Peter Greenspun:

• "How Can We Help You?” Top Lawyers: Criminal Defense (2013-2014)
• Washington’s Best Lawyers: Stars of the Bar, top Virginia Lawyer, Criminal Defenders (2011)
• Top Lawyers: Criminal Defense Attorneys (2011-2012)
• Power Players: “They’re Just People” If your legal career is on the line, Peter Greenspun is the man to call (2010)
• Top Lawyers: 30 Stars of the Bar, No. 16 (2010)
• Top Lawyers: Criminal Defenders (2009)
• Big Guns: Washington’s Top 30 Lawyers, No. 14 (2007)
• Washington’s Top Lawyers: Criminal Defense “Who to Call When You are Under Arrest!” (2004)
• 30 of Washington DC’s Best Lawyers, No. 10 (2003)
• “Need a Good Lawyer?” Washington’s 75 Best Lawyers, No. 14 (2002)
• “Heavy Hitters,” No. 21 (1997)

Jonathan Shapiro:

• Washington’s Best Lawyers: Stars of the Bar, Criminal Defenders (2011)
• Top Lawyers: Criminal Defenders (2009)
• Washington’s Top 800 Lawyers “You’re Going to Trial” (2007)
• Washington’s Top Lawyers: Criminal Defense “Who to Call When You are Under Arrest!” (2004)


Virginia Super Lawyers

Peter D. Greenspun (2006 – Present)
• “How Can We Help You?” Top Lawyers: Criminal Defense (2013-2014)
• Uncle Sam Wanted Him: How Peter Greenspun, a table-pad manufacturer’s son from Philadelphia, wound up representing Caleb Hughes, Marv Albert and John A. Muhammad (2010)

Jonathan Shapiro (2007-Present)

Washington DC Super Lawyers

Peter Greenspun (2007 – Present)
Jonathan Shapiro (2008 – Present)


Northern Virginia Magazine, Top Lawyers

Peter D. Greenspun

  • Criminal Defense (2010, 2012, 2016, 2017)
  • Criminal Defense, DUI/DWI, White Collar, Personal Injury Defense: General, Personal Injury Plaintiff: Medical Malpractice (2014)

Jonathan Shapiro


Virginia Business, The Legal Elite

Voting for the Legal Elite is open to any licensed Virginia lawyer. Electronic ballots are emailed each June to nearly 14,000 lawyers throughout the commonwealth. 

Lawyers are allowed to vote for members of their own firms, but they also must vote for an equal number of attorneys in other firms for their ballots to be counted. “Outside” votes are given a higher value in arriving at each nominee’s total score.

Peter Greenspun, 2000-2005, 2009, 2011: Criminal Law
Jonathan Shapiro, 2009: Criminal Law


Best Lawyers in America

Peter Greenspun: White-Collar & Non-White-Collar Criminal Defense (1999 – Present)
Featured: The Washington Post Magazine: The Washington DC Area’s Best Lawyers,
2006 Edition, October 1, 2006

Jonathan Shapiro: White-Collar & Non-White-Collar Criminal Defense (2009)

Greenspun Shapiro PC: Featured: The Washington Post Magazine: The Washington DC Area’s Best Lawyers 2009 Edition


George Mason School of Law

Mason Law News, Volume 3, Number 1: Distinguished Alumni – Featuring Peter Greenspun


American University, Washington College of Law

Peter Cicchino Alumni Award for Outstanding Advocacy in the Public Interest Within the United States

Jonathan Shapiro (2001): Mr. Shapiro has distinguished himself as a criminal defense attorney, particularly in capital punishment cases, some of which he has pursued all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Shapiro made the news when he was knocked unconscious by one of his clients in court, but nonetheless sought to remain counsel.


The Friends of Ayuda Award – 2001 Recipient: “Greenspun & Mann”

“The Friends of Ayuda Award has historically been given to persons outside the Ayuda family who have contributed financially or via in-kind services, or have been otherwise supportive of Ayuda’s mission and goals.  Ayuda wishes to thank and honor Greenspun & Mann for all their pro bono work completed for Ayuda’s immigration client, Maria Sanchez.  Mrs. Sanchez, a Legal Permanent Resident and long time victim of domestic violence, was wrongly accused, on two occasions of domestic violence.”


1 CV, BV and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.