Robert Shapiro: Bio, Family, Career, and Net Worth

Who is Robert Shapiro?

An example of the never-ending fire of justice is the excellent “trial of the century” of America. Neither the United States nor the whole world has been able to forget the OJ Simpson murder trial. Every character involved in the case, no matter how minor, has become a celebrity, let alone the legal team.

Robert Shapiro is the first attorney the accused defendant hired for fighting this case. Thus, he is famous worldwide for his successful career as a winning lawyer in many notable cases.

Robert Shapiro: Childhood

Robert Leslie Shapiro was born on September 2nd, 1942, to a Jewish family in Plainfield, New Jersey. The whereabouts of his parents are absent from the media. However, his family was well to do enough to support his studies for law school.

Robert studied at Loyola Law School of Los Angeles (1968) and got his Juris Doctor there. Shapiro had graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1965 with a B.S. in Finance.

Robert Shapiro’s high school was Hamilton High School. He graduated from there in 1961. Robert pledged the Jewish fraternity Zeta Beta Tau along with his friend, Roger Cossack, at UCLA.

Robert got his admission to the State Bar of California in 1969. He has served to see the cases of different notable personalities like O.J. Simpson, Darryl Strawberry, Jose Canseco, Vince Coleman, Johny Carson, Christiano Brando, Linda Lovelace, the Kardashians, and F. Lee Bailey.

Robert Shapiro: Relationships

Robert got married in the 1970s to Linell Shapiro. They had two children – Brent Shapiro and Grant Shapiro. Robert’s family lost Brent due to a drug overdose.

He said,

“Nothing is harder to a parent than lying beside and seeing your son in life support with a tape pasted on his eyes and standing beside his mother, knowing that you will never see him again.”

Robert Shapiro: Career and Road to Fame

Robert was famous for many things, but he was the most famous due to the OJ Simpson trial. The trial of the century finished in 1995.

The FX TV series ‘People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’ made him a big hit once again. John Travolta played Robert’s character. Robert Shapiro got a chance to appear on the big screen in ‘An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn’ (1997).

Robert is a “celebrity.” His cases were broadcasted by many famous crime stories from 1995 till 2016. It’s not a surprise that the OJ Simpson case has been awake for decades. This case has come across a long time as dramas and books by different authors.

Shapiro owns LegalZoom, ShoeDazzle, and Rightcounsel.com as a founder. The instant food concept had inspired him to start rightcounsel.com that provides instant law advice.

Robert has written multiple books. His most famous one is ‘The search for justice: A Defense Attorney’s Brief on the O.J. Simpson Case’ (1998).

Robert Shapiro got awarded by Industry Recognition Award (IRA) in 2016. It was the same year Robert announced details of Kardashian’s case to the public.

Robert had remained quiet for twenty years and then finally spoke something about the OJ Simpson trial. He selected his words very carefully when he did that. In a recent interview with Fox News, Robert admitted that the actual criminal might be free out, walking in the open.

Robert still considers OJ as one of the greatest football players and a magnificent actor.

He disagreed that the verdict was a failure, and OJ got convicted. But Robert’s statement opened possibilities of having more than one killer. He didn’t make it clear if OJ wasn’t one of them.

This case was what turned Robert into the highlights of criminal cases. Surprisingly, it also inspired him more towards civil litigation.

Robert said,

“there is a difference between moral justice and legal justice, and the night of verdict announcement, legal justice was done. As far as moral justice, I haven’t discussed it with anyone, even my wife. “

There are a lot of controversies regarding Robert. Most of them are regarding the case of OJ Simpson. The rest are regarding how he is not paid well by the defendants after the case is over.

Phil Spector, a record producer, once sued Robert. As lousy as it seems, an undisclosed amount of money settled this case for Robert.

Robert Shapiro: Controversies

It is not a surprise that the life of Robert has many controversies. Let us discuss some common questions regarding the trial of the century that might quench your curiosities.

1. What did OJ Say to Shapiro?

OJ said, “you had told me this would be the result from the beginning, you were right” to Shapiro soon after he got the not guilty verdict.

2. How much did OJ pay Robert Shapiro?

It is out on media that OJ paid Robert USD 450,000. It is about double the price of any criminal case paid to the lawyers.

3. What happened to Shapiro?

Robert finally retired from criminal trials. He does civil service ever since then.

4. Why did the gloves not fit?

The gloves of the murderer found at the crime scene were not a fit to OJ Simpson’s gigantic hands. Robert Shapiro had admitted to trying on those gloves to determine whether OJ’s hands would fit into them. But Robert had smaller hands, and the gloves didn’t even fit his hands.

5. How many jurors were there in the OJ trial?

In OJ Simpson’s trial, there were twelve jurors at first. However, many of them got dismissed due to various reasons. At the final hearing, only four of the original team remained.

6. How was OJ not guilty?

OJ Simpson was provided legal justice by the not guilty verdict since the killer’s gloves did not fit him. It was a murder not proved by circumstantial evidence.

7. Why did the jury wear all black in the OJ Simpson case?

The jury wore black in the OJ Simpson case because they were protesting against the dismission of three deputies in charge of their sequestration.

8. John Travolta and Robert Shapiro

John Joseph Travolta is an American actor who played the role of Robert Shapiro in the latest series.

Robert Shapiro: Charity and Net worth

Robert Shapiro sure is a rich man of his age. As of 2020, he owns a total of USD 130 million as net worth. Although he has not done any direct charity, his organizations have been serving humankind’s welfare.

Robert lost his son Brent in 2005. Brent was only 24 years old when he died. The death brought a change in his attitude, and he thought of founding the Brent Shapiro Foundation. This NGO helps to raise drug awareness and also runs a rehabilitation facility.

Besides this foundation, Robert also worked on improvising the laws that allow any drug addict to report immediately to the police about their overdose without facing any additional legal troubles.

Robert also wrote a children’s book on an anti-drug theme called “Somo says NO” after losing his son due to a drug overdose. Robert was deeply hurt as his son left him forever.

Robert Shapiro: Personality Traits

Following are major personality traits of Robert that might be interesting for you:

Full Name Rоbеrt Lеѕlіе Ѕhаріrо
Nickname Воb Ѕhаріrо
Nаtіоnаlіtу Аmеrісаn
Неіght 1.78 m
Wеіght 67 kgs
Wіfе/Ѕроuѕе (Nаmе) Lіnеll Ѕhаріrо
Рrоfеѕѕіоn Аmеrісаn Lаwуеr