Duties and Responsibilities
As Judicial Officer, Gary Shapiro exercises the delegated authority of Postmaster General Megan Brennan to issue final decisions on a wide range of regulatory and statutory matters involving USPS. Shapiro serves as chairman of the Postal Service Board of Contract Appeals under the Contract Disputes Act. He also acts as vice president of the Judicial Officer Department. The Judicial Officer Department is an unbiased court system within the Postal Service, and its judges are independent decision makers. It is made up of the Judicial Officer (Shapiro), the Office of Administrative Law Judges, and the Postal Service Board of Contract Appeals.
Gary Shapiro’s Background
Shapiro graduated magna cum laude with a Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. He also holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. Prior to assuming his current role, Shapiro spent over 30 years working in law within the Postal Service. Starting in 1986, he served in the Office of General Counsel at the Postal Headquarters and the Western Area Field Office. In those locations, he cycled through a variety of positions focusing on contract law and litigation. Shapiro has served as a judge within USPS since 2008, when Postmaster General John Potter appointed him to the position. From 2012-2015, Shapiro served as Associate Judicial Officer and vice chairman of the Postal Service Board of Contract Appeals under Postmaster General Patrick Donahue.