Harold B. Shapiro

First Assistant Prosecutor

Harold B. Shapiro is currently the First Assistant Prosecutor for Cumberland County, having held that position since 2010.

Shapiro was educated in the Vineland Public Schools and graduated from Vineland High School in 1966.  He received his Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University, cum laude in 1970.  In 1971 Shapiro received a Master of Arts in History from the University of Pennsylvania.  Shapiro received his Juris Doctor from Rutgers Law School, Newark “with honors” in 1974.

Prior to assuming his position as First Assistant Prosecutor, Shapiro served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Stanley S. Brotman, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, in 1975 to 1976.  From 1976 to 1981 Shapiro was an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of New Jersey.  Shapiro was then engaged from 1981 to 2010 in the private practice of law with Shapiro and Shapiro, P.A. and Shapiro, Eisenstat & Gabage, P.C.

Shapiro is admitted to the Bar in the State of New Jersey, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.  He is a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney.

From the early 1980’s through 2010 Shapiro served as an assigned Criminal Justice Act attorney in Federal Court in New Jersey.  Also as part of his practice, Shapiro served as the Solicitor and Negotiator for the Cumberland County Board of Social Services and as the Associate Solicitor and Negotiator for the Vineland Board of Education.

Shapiro has had the professional privilege of providing pro bono legal representation in a number of cases, including a complex school construction case, representation of an indigent attorney in an attorney ethics matter, volunteer counsel to the Vineland Soccer Association, Casa PRAC (a non-profit community organization) and the City of Vineland Education Foundation.  Additionally, he has taught as an Adjunct Instructor at the Cumberland County College.