Shapiro, Ronald M. 1943-

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Shapiro, Ronald M. 1943-


Surname is pronounced "sha-pie-ro"; born March 29, 1943, in Philadelphia, PA; son of Mark (in business) and Lillian C. (a homemaker) Shapiro; married Lynn Huberman, March 22, 1964 (divorced, 1987); married June 11, 1988; wife's name Kathryn A. (a spiritual healer and writer); children: Mark, Julie Shapiro Mangini, Laura Shapiro Dulac, David; stepchildren: John H. Beatson, Philip Beatson, William Beatson. Ethnicity: "Russian." Education: Haverford College, B.A., 1964; Harvard University, J.D. (cum laude), 1967. Religion: Jewish. Hobbies and other interests: Film, farming.


Home—Butler, MD. Office—Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler, 36 S. Charles St., 20th Fl., Baltimore, MD 21201. Agent—David Black, David Black Literary Agency, Inc., 156 5th Ave., Ste. 608, New York, NY 10010. E-mail—[email protected]


U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, Baltimore, law clerk, 1967-68; Frank, Bernstein, Conaway & Goldman (law firm), Baltimore, associate, 1968-70, partner, 1970-72; Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler (law firm), Baltimore, founder, 1972, senior partner, 1972-92, counsel to firm, 1993—. Modern Bar Review Course, Inc., cofounder, director, and lecturer, 1968-85; Maryland Legal Publishers, cofounder and partner, 1976-80; Shapiro Robinson and Associates, Inc. (sports agents), founder and president, 1977—; Shapiro Negotiations Institute, chair and lecturer, 1995—. Ball State University, distinguished visiting lecturer, 1995; University of Pennsylvania, Edward B. Shills Lecturer in Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution, 1996; lecturer at Mount Vernon School of Law, 1967-68, University of Maryland, 1968-72, 1974-86, Johns Hopkins University, 1971, 1973-74, Practicing Law Institute, 1983, Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, 1986-88, Continuing Legal Education Satellite Network, 1988, and other institutions. Institute for Christian/Jewish Studies, cofounder and board member, 1987-93. WJZ-TV, panelist for Square Off, 1977-84; Cox Cable (television network), general counsel, 1983-84; WMAR-TV, host of weekly program Front Page (also known as Next Question), 1985-93; WCBM-AM Radio, coordinator and host of Charity Challenge, 1987; WBAL-TV, host of the series of specials titled Special Edition, 1994-2000. Maryland Bar Foundation, fellow, 1982—. Ripken Baseball, Inc., advisor, 1993—, member of Ripken Baseball Advisory Board, 2002—; World Umpires Association, volunteer advisor and organizer, 1999-2000. Maryland Legal Scholarship Fund, director, 1969; Maryland Conference of Social Concern, president, 1975-76; State of Maryland, securities commissioner, 1972-74; Maryland Blue Sky Advisory Commission, member, 1974-78; Maryland Franchise Advisory Task Force, chair, 1977-80. Johns Hopkins Children's Center, member of development council, 1978-87; Retina Center at St. Joseph Hospital, member of board of directors, 1993-94; Washington Homes, Inc., member of board of directors, 1993-2001, and chair of compensation committee; Pioneer EyeCare, Inc., member of board of directors, 1996-97, and chair of compensation committee; University of Maryland, lifetime board member of Greenebaum Cancer Center, 2000, board member of Medical Systems Foundation, 2003-04; Playing for Peace, member of advisory board, 2002-04, chair of board of directors, 2004—; Benevolent Endowment Network Fund, Inc., vice president and member of board of directors, 2001-04; Johns Hopkins Medicine, chair and member of executive committee for Psychiatry Advisory Board, 2005—; consultant to First Chicago Equity Capital, Ferris Baker Watts, Inc., and to the owner of the Baltimore Ravens; also active with American Jewish Committee, United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland, Friends of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, Baltimore International Festival, Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc., Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust, Baltimore Center for the Performing Arts, Baltimore Museum of Art, Advocates for Children and Youth, Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center, National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, and many other institutions and charitable organizations.


American Bar Association, Sports Lawyers Association (member of board of directors, 1986-87), Maryland State Bar Association.


Elected to Chimes Hall of Fame, 1993; distinguished service award, Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford County, 1993; listed among "baseball's most respected agent-attorneys," USA Today, 1995; Ronald M. Shapiro Research Award and Lecture was established in his honor at Geenebaum Cancer Center, University of Maryland, 1996; Mel Allen Service award, American Sportscasters Association, 1998; named Maryland marketing statesman of the year, Sales and Marketing Executives of Greater Baltimore, 1998; Sadie Award, Children's Guild, 2002; D.H.L., Villa Julie College, 2003; Forman Award, Haverford College, 2004.


(With Alan Richard Sachs and Christopher D. Olander) Securities Forms: Practice and Compliance, three volumes, Clark, Boardman (New York, NY), 1975.

(With Alan Richard Sachs) Maryland Corporate Forms: Practice, three volumes, Butterworth Legal Publishers (Salem, NH), 1976.

(With Mark A. Jankowski) The Power of Nice: How to Negotiate So Everyone Wins—Especially You!, John Wiley (New York, NY), 1998, revised edition, 2001.

(With Mark A. Jankowski) Bullies, Tyrants, and Impossible People: How to Beat Them without Joining Them, Crown Publishing Group (New York, NY), 2005.

Author of curriculum materials. Contributor to law journals, business journals, and newspapers.

Shapiro's books have been published in several languages, including Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Serbian.


Ronald M. Shapiro told CA: "My primary motivation for writing is to teach both values and systems, primarily to business people. My work was influenced by my father and his value system, which was tied to being effective in business and, as importantly, to building strong relationships.

"My writing process involves having someone work with me who can probe my feelings and experiences on a particular subject. I have been inspired to write on the subjects I have chosen as a result of students and participants in seminars and presentations I have given asking that I do so."



Shapiro Negotiations Institute, (February 28, 2007).

[Sketch reviewed by assistant, Kim Talbott.]

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