Laurence A. Shapero,





Larry is a Principal in Employment Law group. For over fifteen years Larry has enjoyed advising his clients in all labor, employment and employee benefits matters.

Larry’s practice includes both litigation and counseling in such matters as ADA and FMLA compliance, federal and state wage/hour law compliance, protection of trade secrets and prevention of unfair competition by former employees, workplace privacy rights, union election and representation issues, prevention of employment discrimination and workplace harassment, the appropriate classification of workers as employees or independent contractors, and other workplace legal matters.

Employers call on Larry for advice and assistance in managing employee performance issues, and in developing and administering prudent human resources policies and practices. Larry is also experienced in providing employers with compliance advice and other legal advice regarding their 401(k) plans and other tax-qualified retirement plans, group health plans, executive compensation arrangements and other employee benefit plans.

Larry’s represents clients in several industries. He has served as employment and/or benefits counsel for local manufacturing companies, software design firms, regional bottling and beverage distribution companies, insurance companies, airlines, biomedical research firms, not-for-profit hospitals, healthcare providers, and other employers of all sizes. Representative clients include The Boeing Company, Microsoft Corporation, Scripps Health, Accell North America, Zones, Inc., Nippon Paper USA Co., Ltd., Group Health Physicians and T-Mobile USA.

Before joining Riddell Williams in 2001, Larry was an associate in the Chicago office of Katten Muchin Zavis (now known as Katten Muchin Rosenman), where he practiced exclusively in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation.

In addition to his experience as an attorney, Larry has substantial experience as a human resources manager and generalist, and also has served in a variety of line and staff management positions. At Six Flags, Inc., Larry managed safety, security, workers compensation and general litigation matters for the company’s Southern California facility. Later, at United Airlines, Larry served as General Manager in Vancouver, B.C. before serving in several assignments in United’s World Headquarters near Chicago, Illinois.


When not practicing law or enjoying time with his wife and two sons, Larry enjoys downhill skiing and is an avid road cyclist who has cycled throughout Oregon, Washington and southern British Columbia.

Larry is a frequent speaker on a variety of employment law topics, and, in recent years, has served as a faculty member for human resources seminars and continuing legal education seminars sponsored by The Seminar Group, The Council on Education for Management, The Lorman Group, and the National Business Institute. Larry also is a regular speaker in Riddell Williams’ Breakfast Briefing presentations. His most recent Breakfast Briefing presentation discussed the top fourteen employer mistakes that lead to litigation.


In addition to his presentations to lawyers and human resources professionals, Larry routinely conducts in-house training courses for managers at all levels, and also for front-line employees. Training presentations include topics such as Managing Lawfully, Preventing Workplace Harassment, Conducting Workplace Investigations and other employment-law compliance topics. All of Larry’s in-house training programs – and all of the programs presented by his Employment Law Group colleagues – are designed to encourage audience involvement and participation in order to maximize the impact of those programs.

Larry has repeatedly been recognized as a Washington Super Lawyer® and as a Washington state Best Lawyer®. In 2004 he received a Leadership and Service Award from Seattle University in recognition for his pro bono work on behalf of the University’s Access to Justice Institute. In 2007, Larry and other members of the Pro Bono Panel of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington received the District’s Federal Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award for their pro bono representation of individuals in matters pending before the District Court.





Riddell Williams’ Employment Law Group is ranked in Chambers U.S.A.

Larry is a member and past-Chair of the Labor & Employment Section of the King County Bar Association.


Larry was Chair of the Planning Committee for the King County Bar Association’s 2011 Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference, the Pacific Northwest’s premier continuing legal education seminar for employment lawyers. In 2016, Larry is completing his eleventh year as a member of the Planning Committee, and he has co-authored or edited CLE presentation materials for the Conference in almost every year between 2005 and 2016.

Larry earned his B.A. in Psychology, summa cum laude, and an M.B.A from California State University, Northridge.  He received his J.D., with honors, Order of the Coif, from the DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois, where he was a Dean’s Scholar and a Notes and Articles Editor for the DePaul Law Review.


Employment Group Breakfast Briefing March 23

Join us for breakfast as Larry Shapero and Kristina Markosova share their insights about the top fifteen employer mistakes that lead to litigation.

Riddell Williams Attorneys Named Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Top Women Attorneys, and Top 100

Riddell Williams congratulates the following individuals who have been designated 2016 Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Top Women Attorneys and Top 100 Super Lawyers: 2016 Super Lawyers Bruce J. … read more

Trial Victories for The Boeing Company

Riddell Williams is proud to have represented The Boeing Company in two recent trials in federal court.  Both resulted in defense verdicts.  Each matter involved claims by current … read more

Best Lawyers at Riddell Williams

Of course we think our attorneys at Riddell Williams are the best, now it’s official.  Several Riddell Williams attorneys have been recognized by Best Lawyers for outstanding work. … read more

Disability Accommodation Management Workshop

Join our entire Employment Law team for a lively and engaging workshop about everything relating to workplace accommodation of individuals with medical issues.  Bob Howie, Larry Shapero, Skylar … read more

Background Checks and Pre-Employment Screening: It’s Not Just Federal Law Anymore

Join Larry Shapero for an important discussion about the variety of state, federal and local laws that now restrict or impact the way in which employers can conduct … read more

Family Responsibilities Discrimination: The Next Hot Topic in Employment Discrimination Litigation

Plaintiff’s lawyers are increasingly attempting to hold employers responsible for failing to accommodate, or for actually discriminating against, employees with family responsibilities; and they are having increasing success … read more