Robert Shapiro is best known for being one of O.J. Simpson’s defense attorneys during his infamous murder trial in 1994-1995. Simpson was found not guilty. After “the trial of the century,” Shapiro changed gears and moved away from criminal defense and toward civil litigation.
[Shapiro’s new book The Search for Justice is available on Amazon]
Ten years after the Simpson case, Shapiro dealt with a personal tragedy. His 24-year-old son Brent Shapiro was found dead from a MDMA (Ectasy) overdose on October 11, 2005. Since his son’s death, Robert founded The Brent Shapiro Foundation, which raises awareness about drug and alcohol addiction. According to the foundation’s website, Brent’s problems with alcohol and drugs started in his early teens. After a number of visits to rehab, in his early 20s “Brent turned his life around.” He had been sober for 18 months until October 9, 2005, when he had a few drinks and took half a tab of Ecstasy. He “almost instantly became ill. he was buried a day and a half later.”