“I truly enjoy working with business entrepreneurs and professionals and each day look forward to the challenges, obstacles and opportunities that their legal work presents. I am confident that the top-tier business, tax and trial lawyers that Paley Rothman has assembled over the years will allow us to confront our clients' challenges with a level of knowledge, experience, innovation and collaboration that few regional firms can offer.”

David Shapiro


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David Shapiro is the Chair of Paley Rothman's Health Law practice group, and a member of the firm's Corporate, Science & Technology, Employment Law and Government Contracts practice groups. David has an extensive background representing business entities, healthcare providers, surgical centers, professional service vendors and entrepreneurs in a broad range of general business, commercial, regulatory and complex transactional matters, including early-stage business planning, business management and operations, equity and asset transfers, inter- and intra-business contract relationships, mergers and acquisitions and collaborative and adversarial business owner and proxy dispute resolutions.

David’s business practice focuses on full life-cycle representation for emerging and established business entities. He counsels business clients on matters including the structuring, restructuring, operation and sale of privately held businesses, commercial lease negotiation, alcoholic beverage regulations applicable to the restaurant and night club industry, the structure and negotiation of executive employment relationships and collaborative and adversarial business break-ups and dispute resolution. David frequently represents clients in the development, licensing and transfer of business-critical assets and technology.

David’s health law practice focuses on counseling individual physicians, physician groups, surgical centers and healthcare-related businesses about health care business operations, regulatory compliance and the structuring of successful owner/executive relationship and employment models. He has wide-ranging experience working with physician groups on the structuring and negotiation of multi-specialty and multi-entity business transactions, including the formation of stand alone and captive physical therapy groups, private and group-based ambulatory surgical centers, independent and captive anesthesia provider groups and major medical equipment operators.

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Bar Admissions
  • Maryland

  • District of Columbia

  • J.D., The Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, 1997
         - Member of the Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy
         - Awarded Extra Mile Award for outstanding service and contributions to the law school community

  • B.A., University of Maryland at College Park, 1994

Accolades & Awards
  • Listed in Legal Leaders’ Washington D.C. & Baltimore’s Top Rated Lawyers of 2015 in the areas of Government Law, Health Care Law and Labor and Employment Law

  • “Legal Elite - Top Business Attorney” SmartCEO (2011)

  • Section Chair of the Year - Bar Association of Montgomery County (2007)

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Recent Publications
Civic & Community Involvement
  • Maryland State Bar Association
         - Chair, Business law Section (2016-2017)
         - Governor, Board of Governors (2014-present, 2009-2011)
         - Vice Chair/Chair Elect, Business Law Section (2015-present)
         - Secretary, Business Law Section (2014-2015)
         - Member and Board of Governors Liaison, Strategic Planning Committee (2010-2011)
         - Member, Judicial Appointments Committee for Montgomery County (2015-present)
         - Member, Planning Committee, Advanced Business Law Institute (2009-present)
         - Member, Business Law Section (2008-present)
         - Member, Committee on Laws (2012-2015)

  • Bar Association of Montgomery County
         - Co-Chair, Annual Golf & Tennis Charity Program – Montgomery County Bar Foundation (2011-present)
         - Chairman, Business Law Section (2006-2009)
         - Member, Ethics Committee (2013-present)

  • Maryland Bar Foundation
         - Fellow (2016)

  • Adventist Healthcare Shady Grove Medical Center
         - Director, Governing Board (2013-present)

  • Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
         - Past Director (2009-2012)

  • National Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorale
         - Past Director (2008-2011)

Speeches & Presentations
  • “Going Bare – A Practical Approach [to Physicians Electing to Practice without Malpractice Insurance],” a presentation for the Washington Metropolitan Otolaryngology Head and Neck Society, Washington, D.C., 2005.

  • “What You Need to Know About Running a Healthcare Business: From Employee Interviews to HIPAA and Beyond,” a Break-Out Presentation for the Medical Group Management Association Regional Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, 2004.

  • “Business Operations in a Medical Practice,” a presentation for the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Medical Group Management Association, Washington, D.C., 2002.

  • “The Employment Law Series: Issues in Wage/Hour Law,” Washington, D.C., 2001.

  • “E-Commerce Issues in the New Millennium,” Montgomery County, Maryland, 2000. Co-Author, “Business Plans for Medical Practices”