Daryl M. Shapiro
Mr. Shapiro is a partner in the law firm's Energy practice and is located in the Washington, DC office. He focuses on representing nuclear industry clients, DOE contractors and National Laboratories in licensing, compliance, and enforcement matters before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), including related litigation. Mr. Shapiro's practice includes an emphasis on assisting companies and individuals in responding to and defending whistleblower complaints filed under various employee protection statutes and provisions, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Aviation Investment Reform Act for the 21st Century, the Energy Reorganization Act, and the DOE Contractor Employee Protection Program (10 CFR Part 708).
Most recently, Mr. Shapiro has devoted a substantial portion of his practice to advising clients on the myriad of opportunities stemming from Congress’ passage of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“ARRA”). He formed and leads Pillsbury’s ARRA Working Group, which guides the firm’s efforts in advising clients on accessing the benefits and incentives of the ARRA for projects across a wide range of industries, including renewable energy, energy generation and transmission, transportation, and real estate.
Mr. Shapiro has successfully defended numerous claims of discrimination arising out of employee protection statutes. He regularly assists clients in creating and maintaining positive safety cultures and responding to and resolving employee concerns. He has developed and delivered training programs to thousands of supervisors in regulated industries on methods to avoid whistleblower complaints by detecting and preventing retaliation. Mr. Shapiro is the General Counsel and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Employee Concerns Professionals and a frequent lecturer on whistleblower issues and NRC regulation, including strategies for responding to NRC and DOL investigations. He is also a contributing author of "Nuclear Power Plant Personnel—Employee Concerns Program—Process Tools In a Safety Conscious Work Environment."
On a day-to-day basis, Mr. Shapiro represents companies and individuals in responding to NRC investigations and related enforcement matters. This work includes leading independent corporate investigations, defending NRC OI and DOE interviews, crafting company position papers, responding to Demands for Information, and participating in Predecisional Enforcement Conferences and Alternative Dispute Resolution Mediations.
He also represents numerous NRC materials licensees and has deep experience handling medical, industrial and nuclear fuel licensing issues. He represents both NRC and Agreement State licensees relating to the manufacture, sale and export of generally licensed devices. Mr. Shapiro served as lead counsel for Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc. in the Blended Low Enriched Uranium (BLEU) proceeding, a project that will reduce the government's stockpile of high-enriched uranium through downblending into low-enriched uranium and conversion into nuclear reactor fuel.
Prior to joining Pillsbury, Mr. Shapiro served as legal counsel to the NRC Office of Investigations. As counsel to the Office of Investigations, Mr. Shapiro has extensive experience in the conduct of regulatory investigations, civil and criminal wrongdoing, and discrimination issues. He gained extensive experience in the areas of "whistleblower" protection, government investigations, NRC regulatory and license violations, and parallel civil and criminal investigations. He also lectured on these subjects to federal law enforcement officers throughout the country.
American Bar Association; Pennsylvania Bar Association
Pennsylvania Supreme Court, District of Columbia Superior Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Ninth Circuits
Management Actions to Promote a Safety Conscious Work Environment
Detecting and Preventing Retaliation
Responsibilities and Options for Raising and Resolving Employee Concerns
The Co-Employment Myth: What Companies Should and Should Not Do in Managing their Contractors
Whistleblower Provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley
The NRC’s New Medical Use Program Regulations: What’s New, What’s Different, What’s the Same?
Reducing Exposure to Employment Aspects of Sarbanes-Oxley: A Unique Opportunity for Nuclear HR Managers
Responding to and Defending NRC OI Investigations
Department of Energy Safety Culture Initiatives