Ira Shapiro

International trade lawyer
Washington, DC
United States

Ira Shapiro is an international trade lawyer in Washington, D.C.  He has a long and distinguished background in government and politics, having worked twelve years in senior staff positions in the U.S. Senate, and nearly five years in the Clinton administration in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where he became one of America's leading trade negotiators.  He helped complete the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Uruguay Round, the global trade agreement that created the World Trade Organization and established today's global trade rules, and then went on to negotiate solutions to some of the most contentious trade disputes between the United States and Japan and Canada.  Later, while in private practice, Shapiro played a key role in completing the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the first global health treaty negotiated under the auspices of the World Health Organization. Ira has been deeply involved in many presidential campaigns.  He was Deputy Issues Coordinator for Walter Mondale's campaign in 1984, and he was part of the legal team that helped Bill Clinton and Al Gore choose their Vice Presidential candidates.  In 2002, he ran a spirited campaign for Congress in Maryland, which the local press described as "the antidote for cynicism."