Gary S. Shapiro
Gary S. Shapiro has four decades of experience as a federal prosecutor, having served as the First Assistant United States Attorney since January 1998 and, previously, in various capacities in the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the United States Department of Justice since 1972. As First Assistant, Mr. Shapiro has had a major role in supervising a variety of investigations and prosecutions involving international terrorism and terrorism financing, public corruption, corporate fraud, and organized crime, including violent crime and narcotics and gang prosecutions. In addition, he has had significant responsibility for managing more than 300 employees, including approximately 170 Assistant U.S. Attorneys in Chicago and Rockford.
Mr. Shapiro became Acting U.S. Attorney on July 1, 2012, after Patrick J. Fitzgerald stepped down as the top federal law enforcement official in the Northern District of Illinois, which covers 18 counties across the top tier of the state, with a population of approximately nine million people. In January 1998, former U.S. Attorney Scott R. Lassar appointed Mr. Shapiro First Assistant and Mr. Fitzgerald retained him in that position after taking office in September 2001. In 2007, Mr. Shapiro received the Director’s Award from the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys for executive achievement.
Mr. Shapiro brought his considerable experience prosecuting organized crime and the Chicago “Outfit” to bear over the last decade in supervising Operation Family Secrets, which resulted in Frank Calabrese, Sr., a street crew leader, Joey “The Clown” Lombardo, and James Marcello, both Outfit capos, each being sentenced to life in prison for crimes related to more than a dozen mob murders and attempted murders, including some of Chicago's most notorious Outfit hits, dating back to the 1960s.
Mr. Shapiro also helped oversee the decade-long civil investigation of systemic corruption nationwide in the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), which resulted in an unprecedented out-of-court settlement and a top-to-bottom reformation of LIUNA’s election and internal policing structures designed to rid the union of decades of organized crime influence. For this achievement, in 2000, Mr. Shapiro and other members of the Justice Department and U.S. Attorney’s Office team received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award.
In the 1980s, Mr. Shapiro prosecuted Roy Williams, then president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters; Allen Dorfman, once responsible for the management of the multi-billion dollar Teamsters Central States Pension Fund; Joey Lombardo; and several pension fund trustees for conspiring to bribe then U.S. Sen. Howard Cannon, of Nevada, to kill proposed Senate legislation to deregulate the trucking industry. Following Williams’ conviction and sentencing, he became the highest-ranking Teamsters official ever to testify against the mobsters who then controlled the Teamsters Union, and his cooperation contributed substantially to the subsequent convictions of the leaders of the organized crime families in Chicago, Kansas City and Cleveland for skimming millions of dollars from Las Vegas casinos.
Mr. Shapiro also prosecuted Harry Aleman, the notorious Chicago mobster and hitman, for operating a violent home invasion crew, and he oversaw the racketeering investigation and trial of Aleman, mob capo Ernest “Rocky” Infelise, and other Chicago Outfit members, as well as the prosecution of then-Cicero Town President Betty Loren Maltese. Mr. Shapiro is also credited with turning Robert Cooley, a corrupt former Chicago lawyer, into a government cooperating witness, who testified in several Operation Gambat trials involving organized crime and public corruption in the early 1990s.
In the late 1970's, Mr. Shapiro headed the investigation and trials of Charles Nicosia, former mayor of East Chicago, Ind., and other East Chicago public officials and local contractors for significant bribery schemes involving the payment of millions of dollars to obtain and then skim the public works contract to revamp East Chicago’s water treatment and sewer system.
Mr. Shapiro, 65, of Evanston, is married and has a daughter and a son-in-law. He was born in New York City and was reared in Dallas. He graduated from Rice University in 1968, and in 1971 from the University of Texas School of Law.