Andrew Schapiro has rejoined the firm as a partner. Andy left the firm in late 2014 to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic. He will now divide his time between the firm’s Chicago and New York offices. With a focus on intellectual property, white-collar criminal defense, and appeals, Andy has more than two decades of trial and appellate experience representing major corporations and individuals in sensitive, high- profile, and high-stakes matters. He has first-chaired numerous trials, managed large litigation teams, and argued and won important appeals in state and federal courts. As U.S. Ambassador, Andy led America’s 240-member, multi-agency diplomatic post in Prague through a time of significant changes and challenges in Europe, overseeing all aspects of the U.S. relationship with an important Central European NATO ally and trading partner. Andy is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of The Harvard Law Review and winner of the Sears Prize. He clerked for Judge Richard A. Posner on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and then for Justice Harry Blackmun on the U.S. Supreme Court. He then practiced for five years as a trial lawyer with the Federal Defenders’ Office for the S.D.N.Y., defending individuals accused of a wide range of federal offenses and serving as lead counsel in numerous jury trials with favorable verdicts.