David Shapiro


    Mr. Shapiro is the founder of Shapiro Tax Law LLC, where he has practiced since 2012.  Prior to starting his own practice, Mr. Shapiro was a tax partner in the international law firm of Dechert LLP.  Mr. Shapiro advises clients ranging from start-up businesses to large multinational corporations in structuring business operations, joint ventures, mergers and acquistions, and other tax matters.  His clients include companies in the digital media, real estate, pharmaceuticals, hospitality, and financial services industries, among other industries.

    Mr. Shapiro has been a frequent speaker and writer on a variety of tax topics, such as international business structuring, partnership “carried interests,” debt structuring, and application of anti-deferral and anti-avoidance rules, among others. 

    Mr. Shapiro is a member of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation and serves as Chair of the Committee on US Investments of Foreigners and Tax Treaties.  He serves on the board of directors of the Philadelphia Tax Conference.  When he is not practicing, teaching or writing about the law, Mr. Shapiro is an avid violinist and a member of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra.


  • B.A. 1995 Yale University
  • J.D., cum laude,1998 Duke University School of Law

Courses and Seminars

  • Partnership Taxation

Important:  Curriculum Changes Effective Fall 2014

Tax Research and Writing (LTX-3228)  and Law Governing Tax Practice (LTX-5000)  have been consolidated to create a new course  LTX-5005 Professional Responsibility of Tax Practitioners. This new required course will be offered for the first time in Fall 2014.  LTX-3228 and LTX-5000 will no longer be offered.  For students matriculating prior to Fall 2014: If you have already taken either LTX-3228  or LTX-5000, you are not required to take this new course.  If you have previously taken Law Governing Tax Practice, you simply select another elective course in order to meet your course requirements.

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Phone Numbers
Office: 610-519-7043 or
Professor Vines: 610-519-4533
FAX: 610-519-8018

Office Hours
Spring and Fall:
M-Th 9:00 AM – 8:15 PM, F until 5 PM

M-Th 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM, F until 12 PM

Disclaimer: Every attempt is made to ensure the information displayed on this page is accurate. However, the information contained herein is not to be considered official.  Changes may be made to courses and curriculum requirements.