Joel Shapiro, Blank Rome


US business jet lawyer based in Philadelphia.


Joel Shapiro is a US business jet lawyer based in Philadelphia and a partner at Blank Rome legal firm.

Joel Shapiro

+1 215 569 5746
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Joel’s advice

“I would advise clients who are first time buyers to stop and seek the services of a professional who can help them confirm the selection and assist in the pre-buy and delivery phase; getting a friend to do the same is not a good idea and usually slows the process down. You should never short circuit the pre- buy inspection process. You get one chance only to make sure all is well, and the same should be done by someone who knows the make and model well (so they are familiar with the pedigree and where issues have arisen with the model in the past).”


“My first experience with Aviation was in the late 80s when I represented Braniff, Inc. in their Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Filing. We had a brand new Airbus A320, for about one week before it was repossessed. A sad day for all.”

Official biography

Joel Shapiro represents debtors, plan-of-reorganization proponents, asset purchasers, institutional lenders, lender groups, creditors, and creditors’ committees. He also focuses his practice on bankruptcy, reorganizations, and workouts, including:

  • Acquisition of assets under the Uniform Commercial Code or applicable provisions of the Bankruptcy Code;
  • Loan restructuring with secured creditors;
  • Debtor-in-possession financing;
  • Intercreditor relationships.

Mr. Shapiro is recognized as a leader in the fields of bankruptcy and restructuring by Chambers USA. Chambers notes he is “a very talented advocate” and “an exceptional lawyer, who is good on his feet” who “is best known for his prowess in Section 363 sales.” He has also received the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Shapiro is a frequent writer and lecturer on bankruptcy issues. He recently spoke at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop on “Anything but Bankruptcy!: ABC’s of Receivership and Other Alternatives” and wrote an article for the Journal of Corporate Renewal regarding the Bankruptcy Abuse, Prevention, and Consumer Protection Act of 2005.

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