The Law Offices of C. Zadik Shapiro

C. Zadik Shapiro The Law Offices of C. Zadik Shapiro provides representation in the following areas: criminal defense, administrative law, unemployment law and family law. It also represents people before governmental boards and commissions.

C. Zadik Shapiro has degrees from the University of South Florida, Florida State University and Golden Gate University where he was an assistant editor of the law review and graduated near the top of his law school class. The proposition sets time limits on recalling the felonies so call Zadik Shapiro immediately on his cell phone–415-336-7534.

He represents clients in every type of case from traffic tickets to life sentence crimes in Federal and State Courts.  He represents clients throughout the state of California and with the assistance of local connsel in other states.

He has practiced law for nearly 30 years and he has represented over a thousand clients. Many of his clients have shown their appreciation for his work by referring their friends to him and by hiring him to represent them on more than one case. He is an annual recipient of the San Francisco Bar Association’s Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award. Additionally he is a thirty-five year volunteer and a former board member at San Francisco Suicide Prevention. He serves as a Judge Pro Tem for the San Francisco Superior Court.


Mr. Shapiro publishes and writes the well known blog, “Taking the Fifth-A Criminal Law Blog”.


Mr. Shapiro was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1985 (No. 118359) and the Bars of the United States Supreme Court in 1990, The Ninth Circuit District Court of Appeals in 1989 and all Federal District Courts in California between 1985 and 1988. He has served as a Judge Pro Tempore for the San Francisco Municipal and Superior Courts since 1993.


J.D., Golden Gate University, 1984, Assistant editor of the Golden Gate University Law School Law Review.

M.A., Florida State University, 1975 and Jonas Clark Fellowship in United States History from Clark University in Worcester, MA in 1975–1976.

B.A., University of South Florida, 1972.

Volunteer Work

Mr. Shapiro is a 35 year volunteer with San Francisco Suicide Prevention and a former Vice President and Secretary of the Board of Directors.


He has been annually awarded The Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award by the Bar Association of San Francisco.

He has received certificates and awards recognizing his work by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the California State Senate, the Superior Court for the City and County of San Francisco, and the Board of Directors of San Francisco Suicide Prevention.