John L. Shapiro

A tax and corporate lawyer, John has dedicated his career to helping companies establish in Puerto Rico. He has counseled pharmaceutical companies, airlines, manufacturing companies, retailers, financial advisors and film companies in making the most of the benefits provided by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for new starts, including obtaining tax exemption decrees (including Law 20 and 22 benefits), the receipt of actual cash subsidies and the purchasing of foreign tax credits. He has over 30 years of professional legal experience in the private sector, representing large, international, multi-national corporations, business entities and groups in complex business transactions; corporate and business organization; tax exemptions; mergers and acquisitions; reorganizations; negotiations and formalizations of contracts; mediations and arbitrations; estate and tax planning; and application of international treaties, federal laws, and regulations.

He is a graduate of Georgetown University, B.S.F.S., the Tulane University School of Law, J.D., and holds a Master’s Degree in Taxation from Boston University, LL.M. He also attended the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the Exeter College at Oxford University.  He was admitted to the Bar in Louisiana and in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  He is also Uniform Code of Military Justice, Article 27(b) qualified.

John is a member of the Puerto Rico, Louisiana State, American (Member, Sections on: Corporation, Banking and Business Law; Economics of Law Practice; Taxation; Litigation) and Federal Bar Associations. He speaks Spanish and English.

He is also Past President of the Puerto Rico Boy Scouts of America; Member Board Directors, North East Region Boy Scouts of America; and Member of the Santurce Rotary Club.

CAPT John Shapiro (USN, ret) served in Iraq with II Marine Expeditionary Force (Fallujah and Ramadi); was attached to 4th PSYOP Operations Group (POG), Special Operations Force (SOF-Ft. Bragg) based in Kabul, Qalat, and Kandahar, Afghanistan; and finished his career on the Headquarters Staff of US 10th Fleet/US Fleet Cyber Command, Ft. George G. Meade, MD. His Military Specialties were CYBER Warfare/Signals Intelligence. His Military Awards are: Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (multiple), Navy Commendation Medal (multiple), Navy Achievement Medal (multiple), Navy Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, GWOT Expeditionary Medal, GWOT Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Medal, Overseas Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, NATO Medal (Afghanistan), and Pistol Marksmanship Medal (Expert). Warfare Qualifications: Information Dominance Warfare (IDWO) and Fleet Marine Force (FMF).


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