Power Lawyers 2012
Ziffren's youngest capital partner knows about being part of a team -- a "skunk" team. That's a term he learned from his dad, a tough Israeli immigrant. "He was involved with the Skunk Works project, a top-secret group that handled airplanes at Lockheed Martin," recalls the married father of three. Shapiro's dad wanted him to go into medicine, but he picked dentistry, then switched to law and business at USC. As a result, he's the only lawyer in town who has passed the MCAT, the DAT, the LSAT and the GMAT. Hot clients include Justin Timberlake, Emma Stone, Selena Gomez and actress-writer Mindy Kaling.
➻ Most satisfying career moment Selling Sacha Baron Cohen's Bruno to Universal for producer client Media Rights Capital. "I was just a few years out of school, and the heads of the studios were calling and yelling at me, trying to convince me why their studios were right for the film. I remember pacing in my office, late on a Friday, and achieving what at the time was a cutting-edge deal. I finished and thought, 'Wow!' "