Randy L. Shapiro joined Newsweek, Inc. in April 1998, as Assistant Chief Counsel. On October 1, 2010, she became Vice President and General Counsel to Harman Newsweek LLC, the successor to Newsweek, Inc. In February 2011, Newsweek merged with The Daily Beast, and Ms. Shapiro now serves as the lead lawyer both for Newsweek magazine and its companion website, thedailybeast.com. Over her thirteen-plus years as in-house counsel, she has handled a broad variety of legal matters, and areas of responsibility include: prepublication review of the magazine and its websites; global labor and employment counseling; preparation and/or review of contracts for, among other areas, contributing writers, consultants, severance packages, subscription agents, circulation fulfillment and distribution, printing, book serial rights, and software licenses; overseeing trademark and domain name registrations; and general copyright licensing and enforcement issues.
Prior to joining Newsweek, Ms. Shapiro spent over eight years as a commercial litigator with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. For several years, she concentrated on First Amendment matters as part of the team representing The New York Post. Also while at Stroock, Ms. Shapiro was very active in the firm's pro bono program, serving as a member of the Pro Bono Committee, and acting as liaison to a number of local and national pro bono organizations.
Ms. Shapiro currently serves as Co-Chair of the Mentoring Committee of the New York Women's Bar Association, and is a member of the Committee on Communications and Media Law of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She is also a member of the Litigation, Communications and Labor Law Sections of the American Bar Association, the American Employment Law Council and XBHR (Global Forum for Cross-Border Human Resource Experts).
Ms. Shapiro earned her law degree from Boston University School of Law. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Economics, cum laude, from Tufts University. Ms. Shapiro resides in New York City with her husband and two sons.