Andrew H. Schapiro
Andrew H. Schapiro was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic on August 14, 2014 and presented his credentials to President Milos Zeman on September 30, 2014.
The son of a Czech immigrant to the United States, Ambassador Schapiro was born in Chicago, Illinois. He is a lawyer by training who early in his career served as a Law Clerk to Judge Richard Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and to Justice Harry Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court. He then worked as a public-interest lawyer in the office of the Federal Public Defender in New York City, defending individuals charged with federal crimes who could not afford to hire their own attorneys.
Subsequently Ambassador Schapiro spent 16 years in private practice as a partner at two international law firms, Mayer Brown LLP and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP. He won landmark litigation victories for clients including Google, YouTube, and Altria Group, and was repeatedly selected for inclusion in publications such as Best Lawyers In America; Legal 500 USA, and The American Lawyer.
Ambassador Schapiro has served on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund, the Criminal Justice Act Advisory Board of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Board of Directors of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, and the Advisory Board of the Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States. He was also a member of the Democratic National Committee’s National Finance Committee and its 2012 Platform Committee.
Ambassador Schapiro holds a B.A. (History) from Yale College, an M.A. (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics) from Oxford University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He and his wife Tamar Newberger have two children.