Philip A. Shapiro was born in Chicago, Illinois. He enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school. After active duty, he went to Southern Illinois University for his undergraduate degree. Immediately after graduation, Phil was commissioned as a Special Agent in the U.S. Secret Service. He then went on to graduate school at National University and received his MBA degree. Graduating from TJSL (Western State) in 1985, he was the Law Review Co-Editor. Phil has been in partnerships and solo practice since 1988. In 1998, he was awarded the "AV Preeminent" rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He received the TJSL Alumni of the Year Award in 2006. He has been a member of the Alumni Board of Directors since 1999 and served as President in 2004-5.