Shapiro, Howard



Plano, Texas





Howard Shapiro has been serving the North Dallas and Collin County area for more than 40 years now. He received his undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Texas and later earned his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law. Specializing in Criminal Defense and Family Law. Mr. Shapiro previously served as a municipal judge and an assistant District Attorney in Collin County. He went into private practice, founding Shapiro Law Associates in 1973. Throughout the years, Howard Shapiro has tried thousands of cases by jury and before the court, many of which were high-profile, and he has developed an in-depth understanding of the intricacies of law that only comes from seasoned professionals. He is recognized as an expert in his field, and his opinion is often sought by both the media and his contemporaries. In the spring of 2003, Howard welcomed his son Todd as a partner and the Firm changed names to The Shapiro Law Firm. Howard has been married to former State Senator Florence Shapiro for nearly 50 years. Together they have three children, two of whom are attorneys and one who works with children in social work at a prominent hospital in Dallas.

Criminal Law
Drug Offenses
Sexual Offenses
Juvenile Crimes
Family Law
Child Support
Child Custody
Personal Injury

Areas Of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Adoption
  • Child Support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Traffic Violations
  • Wills

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1973
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1981


  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas
    • J.D.
    • Major: Criminal Defense
    • Major: Family Law
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas
    • 1970
    • Major: Accounting

Honors and Awards

  • Named "Best Lawyer of the Year - Criminal Defense" by D. Magazine
  • Named "Super Lawyer of the Year" by Texas Monthly
  • "Reader" Choice Award - Family Law Attorney

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Dallas Home for Jewish Aged, Board of Directors
  • Anti-Defamation League Southwest Region, Vice Chairman
  • Dallas Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, Past Member, Board of Directors
  • United Way, Past Member, Board of Directors
  • Plano Independent School District, Past President, Board of Trustees
  • Plano Bar Association, Past President
  • Collin County Bar Association, Past President
  • Plano Rotary Club, Past President
  • Plano Chamber of Commerce, Past Member, Board of Directors
  • Practical Parent Education, Past Member, Board of Directors
  • Plano Sports Authority, Past Member, Board of Directors
  • The University of Texas at Austin Men's Athletic Council, Past Board Member

Practice Areas