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Jonathan Shapiro    

Former Federal Prosecutor and Law Professor; TV Writer & Producer, Known for "The Blacklist" and "Goliath"

Jonathan Shapiro has spent the last 17 years writing and producing some of television’s most iconic shows, including The Blacklist, The Practice, Life, Boston Legal and The Firm. A Peabody, and Humanitas Awards winner, he and David E. Kelley are the creators and executive producers of the Goliath, a legal thriller on Amazon Prime, and the winner of the 2017 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama, Billy Bob Thornton. Goliath’s second season will be available in October 2017. In 2014, Shapiro wrote and produced his first film. Narrated by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Fair and Free was made with support from the National Association of Women Judges. It received an Emmy Award from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter.

Shapiro is the author of two recent books: the memoir Liars, Lawyers, and the Art of Storytelling and the novel Deadly Force. The first in a trilogy of legal thrillers about federal prosecutor Lizzie Scott, the book has been optioned for television. Prior to becoming a full-time writer and producer, Shapiro spent a decade trying cases as a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division, Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, and as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Central District of California. Los Angeles. His work included a temporary detail as Special Assistant to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno for the Congressional hearings into the handling of the Branch Davidian case in Waco, Texas. For seven years, Shapiro was an adjunct law professor at Loyola Law School and the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law. He was appointed by Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court Ronald George to serve on the CJA’s Commission on Impartial Courts, as well as the state’s Bench, Bar and Media Committee. Shapiro was appointed by the California State Senate to two four-year terms as a member and chairman of the California Commission on Government Economy and Efficiency. He is also the founder and director of the Public Counsel Emergency for Torture Victims.

A graduate of Harvard University and a Rhodes Scholar at Oriel College, Oxford University, Shapiro received his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He is married to television writer/producer Betsy Borns (Roseanne, Friends, All of Us). They have three children: Abraham and Sarah, freshman at Indiana University, and Ezekiel, a high school sophomore

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