Robert N. Shapiro
Senior Consultant and Retired CEO
Rob Shapiro is the Senior Consultant and Retired CEO of Ropes Wealth Advisors. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Ropes Wealth from September 1, 2016 through the end of 2019. Rob had been a partner in the Private Client Group of the global law firm Ropes & Gray LLP from 1987 until his retirement on August 31, 2016, serving as trustee for many families, chairing the firm’s Trust Committee, and focusing his law practice on estate planning, personal and charitable trusts, and philanthropic planning.
Throughout his career, Rob has served as a trustee and fiduciary advisor for individuals and families. He has worked with different generational levels of families in all aspects of planning from finances and the organization of investments to trust structures for varied beneficiary situations and philanthropic initiatives.
Rob serves as chair of the board of governors of the Handel and Haydn Society. He has also been a trustee of the Peabody Essex Museum for more than twenty-five years, and served as president of the board from 2005 to 2020. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. From 2006 to 2012 he was a member of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University, having previously been president of the Harvard Alumni Association and president of the Harvard Law School Association. In May 2018, Rob received the Harvard medal, awarded for extraordinary service to the university. He has also served as a trustee of Phillips Exeter Academy for ten years, and of Noble and Greenough School for more than twenty years.
Rob received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, concentrating in Philosophy, and was awarded the post-graduate Fiske Scholarship from Harvard to Trinity College, Cambridge University. He began his career as an English teacher at Noble and Greenough School and at Exeter Summer School, and then received his law degree from Harvard Law School. He was a judicial clerk in the United States District Court for Connecticut and United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit before beginning at Ropes & Gray in 1979.