Partner Alexandra Shapiro’s Debut Novel Garners Acclaim from New York Law Journal, Forbes and other Reviewers
In late March 2022, Alexandra’s legal thriller, Presumed Guilty, was published by New Degree Press. Alexandra wrote the book to raise awareness about problems with the criminal justice system and how sometimes even innocent people can be unfairly prosecuted in the United States. Her book shows how the system does not always function properly even for those with significant financial resources, let alone the numerous criminal defendants who face the challenge of prosecution with little to no resources at all. It tells the story of Emma Simpson, a successful portfolio manager running the Manhattan office of a big-time hedge fund, and her journey as the target of a federal white collar prosecution.
Since its release, the book has garnered acclaim from multiple independent reviewers. For instance, on May 18,2022, the New York Law Journal published a review by Jeffrey M. Winn entitled “A Captivating, Satisfying Read for Lawyers.” Winn states, “Alexandra Shapiro has crafted a captivating tale.” He points out: “The quality of the narrative is enhanced by the author’s deft descriptions of the various characters’ motivations, the lawyers’ strategic decisions, numerous evidentiary disputes, and the Kafka-esque trappings that bedevil Simpson.”
And last month, Walter Pavlo of Forbes, in his piece entitled “Alexandra Shapiro’s New Book ‘Presumed Guilty’ Brings Insider Trading Cases to Life,” said this: “A book like Presumed Guilty is good for aspiring business professionals, financial analysts, attorneys and true-crime enthusiasts. It provides a real-life look at the inherent personal risks of working in financial markets and how the criminal justice system can suddenly be knocking at the door.”