Shari Shapiro joined Cozen O'Connor's Energy, Environment & Public Utilities Practice Group in 2011, and she is a member of the government relations team at the firm’s subsidiary, Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies. She is also a LEED accredited professional.
Shari focuses her practice on construction law and policy, with special interests in building codes, environmentally challenging projects and energy projects.
Through Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, Shari advocates for clients at the local, state and federal levels. Some of her recent engagements include representation of a coalition engaged in advocacy for regular updates to Pennsylvania’s Uniform Construction Code, and ongoing representation of an international building product manufacturer in its federal government relations initiatives.
In her legal practice, Shari is experienced with getting projects built from the ground up. She represents clients in their construction and design contracts, before building and zoning commissions and in addressing construction-related disputes. Shari has experience with constructing projects in the unique regulatory environments of Philadelphia and New York City, and in addressing construction-related environmental issues.
Shari is the primary construction lawyer for an international luxury goods retailer, representing it in its store construction and renovation projects throughout North America. Recently, she has worked on EPA investigations into compliance with federal, state and local lead paint construction laws, and is currently representing a client in revitalizing a former industrial site into a mixed income residential development.
On the energy project side, Shari has represented developers of energy projects, financial institutions and utilities in the development and finance of conventional and alternative energy projects, rate recovery and project finance. Recent project experience includes the development and financing of a $93 million combined heat and power plant at Montclair State University and representing a building owner leasing roof space for solar installations at more than a dozen locations nationwide.
Shari was a member of the eight-member advisory panel providing input into the clean energy component of New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan. On behalf of the Department of Energy and the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub, Shari led a study on energy efficiency policy in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Shari is a member of the Board of Directors of the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance, the trade association of Pennsylvania energy efficiency businesses. Shari is also an adjunct professor with the Drexel University Master’s in Public Policy Program, teaching a course on Sustainability Policy.
Shari was named a 2009 “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer.
In her spare time, Shari is a member of the Board of Directors of the Early Childhood Education Center at Adath Israel Synagogue in Merion, Pa., and the co-leader of her daughter’s Daisy Scout Troop.