Diana Gurfel Shapiro

Partner, New York

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Diana Gurfel Shapiro

Diana concentrates on mass tort, product liability and commercial litigation.

Diana joined Condon & Forsyth’s New York office after serving as Principal Court Attorney to the Honorable Bernard J. Fried, Supreme Court, New York County. Her practice encompasses all aspects of international aviation law, products liability, and commercial litigation. She has worked on several major multidistrict aviation disaster litigations, represented foreign air carriers in commercial litigation, defended a major ship manufacturer in product liability litigation and counseled manufacturers of commercial aviation products regarding liability exposure and information governance issues.

Diana is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.  She is also a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group on Data Security and Privacy Liability; Electronic Discovery; and International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure. Diana has served on the International Aviation Women’s Association Board of Directors since 2009.

Diana was highly recommended for her work by The Legal 500 when Condon & Forsyth was selected as one of the top aviation law firms for 2014.


Diana has extensive experience in conducting complex discovery and counseling clients about electronic discovery and information governance issues. She has led liability discovery efforts in the September 11th, American Airlines Flight 587 and Colgan Flight 3407 multi-district litigations and participated in the development of computer assisted document review tools. Most recently, Diana participated in obtaining a summary judgment dismissal for a major ship manufacturer in product liability litigation (SDNY), participated in securing the settlement of a contentious dispute between a foreign air carrier and its U.S. general sales agent, led discovery efforts in product liability litigation against a foreign aircraft manufacturer and provided advice regarding privacy rights associated with the operation of unmanned aerial systems.

Published Works and Presentations

Panel Speaker, 88th Annual meeting, Association of Transportation Law Professionals (June 26, 2017). Diana spoke about liability and insurance issues related to the operation of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).

Moderator, panel discussion about the opportunities and challenges presented by the FAA’s Final Rule on the Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) at the New York City Bar Association Aeronautics Committee Panel on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (September 15, 2016).

Contributor, The Liability Reporter, published annually by Condon & Forsyth LLP and the International Air Transport Association (16th ed., 2013).

Moderator, 24th Annual IAWA Conference, Dallas, Texas (October 2012). Diana lead a panel discussion titled “ICYMI: How Social Media is Changing the Aviation Industry” which addressed the innovative ways social media is being utilized by airlines, manufacturers, the FAA and in aviation litigation.

Speaker, the 45th SMU Law Symposium, Dallas, Texas (March 2011). Diana presented a paper on the use of search and information retrieval in electronic discovery.

Speaker and Co-Chair, ACI Aviation Litigation Conference, Boston, Massachusetts (June 2010). Diana spoke on the document and electronic discovery panel and provided a roadmap for formulating compliant plans that reduce the overwhelming costs and burdens of electronic discovery.