on April 17, 2013 - 11:50 PM
April 30, 1930 – March 1, 2013
William I. Schapiro, an attorney who formerly headed the Buffalo firm of Jaeckle, Fleischman & Mugel, died March 1 at Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a brief illness. He was 82.
Born in Newark, N.J., he was a 1951 graduate of Wesleyan University and a 1954 graduate of Harvard Law School, where he met his future wife, Susan Rubenstein, a Buffalo native, at a debate over whether the moot-court Marshall Club should open its membership to women.
After serving in the Army, Mr. Schapiro followed his wife to Buffalo and served as an assistant U.S. attorney. He joined Jaeckle, Fleischmann in 1965, became a partner in 1966 and later served as chairman of its executive committee. He was named to the Woodward White list of Best Lawyers in America in 2006 and included in the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers, a peer-selected list.
He served as president of the Rosa Coplon Jewish Home & Infirmary and was a board member of the University at Buffalo Foundation and Rand Capital. He also was a member of the Thursday Club and the Buffalo Club and was appointed by Mayor Frank A. Sedita to the Citizens Advisory Committee on Community Improvement.
His wife, the first woman to teach at Nichols School, died in 2011.
Surviving are a son, John; two daughters, Kate and Annie; and a brother, Dr. Robert.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Buffalo Club, 388 Delaware Ave.