Ari C. Shapiro is Co-Managing Partner of the Miami and Tampa offices of Gordon & Rees. He is a member of the firm’s Environmental/Toxic Tort, Insurance, Construction, and Tort & Product Liability practice groups.
Mr. Shapiro’s clients include automobile, engine, machinery, and other product manufacturers. Mr. Shapiro also represents insurance companies and financial institutions.
He has broad experience, as well as trial experience, handling complex tort and products liability litigation in state and federal courts, including asbestos litigation. Mr. Shapiro also has extensive experience in the areas of premise liability, personal injury, wrongful death, motor vehicle crashworthiness, commercial litigation, and insurance bad faith. Mr. Shapiro currently is Florida counsel for Volkswagen of America and Tecumseh Products Company for all asbestos matters.
Mr. Shapiro also focuses a substantial portion of his practice on construction litigation. Mr. Shapiro’s experience includes representation of owners/developers, public entities, and condominium associations in construction litigation. Mr. Shapiro has handled claims arising from public construction projects involving sureties and contractors, defective construction claims, the equitable adjustment of contracts, change orders, project delays and unforeseen conditions and claims with respect to defective design, code defects, defective specifications, breach of contract, and failure to perform project management duties, including inspections and responses to requests for information. Mr. Shapiro also has extensive experience dealing with wrap policies but has represented developers, general contractors, sub-contractors, engineers and architects individually when Section 558, Fla. Stat. claims arise upon completion of work and turnover of projects to condominium associations.
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
Mr. Shapiro is a member of the Board of Directors for Community Smiles, a non-profit organization dedicated to oral health education and improving access to dental care for the underserved families and children throughout Miami-Dade County.