Shapiro Goldman Babboni & Walsh

The lawyers of Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh have more than 100 years of combined Florida legal experience in personal injury, wrongful death, auto accident and negligence cases serving clients in Sarasota, Manatee and Pinellas counties.

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The lawyers of Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh have more than 100 years of combined Florida legal experience in personal injury, wrongful death and negligence cases. M. David Shapiro, David Goldman, and Michael Babboni have each represented accident victims throughout Florida for over twenty years. Bernard Walsh has been a Florida lawyer for more than three decades, and has over a quarter-century of experience in personal injury law. Our partners have handled more than 10,000 non-fatal and fatal personal injury cases, where death or brain, head, neck, back, spinal cord, shoulder and knee injuries have resulted from car, truck, motorcycle or boat accidents.

At Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni and Walsh one of our experienced lawyers will be personally committed to winning your personal injury, wrongful death or accident injury case.

It costs you nothing for more than 100 years of combined years of service.

Exceptionally experienced and highly trained lawyers using state-of-the-art technologies to educate insurance companies and juries as to the value of our clients claims.

Expert professionals support our clients' cases. These specialists include the best forensic engineers, accident reconstructionists, vocational rehabilitative counselors, economists and toxicologists. We also consult a number of physician specialists whose practice concentrates on the injuries of an individual client.

Our firm has lifelong memberships to some of the most prestigious legal and community organizations.

Attorneys at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni and Walsh are active and deeply involved in the communities of Bradenton, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Punta Gorda, Lakeland, Tampa, Venice, Fort Myers, and Englewood.

Offices in all areas of Southwest Florida to serve our clients including Sarasota, Bradenton, St. Petersburg,Venice, Tampa, Port Charlotte, Englewood, Punta Gorda, Arcadia, Lakeland, and Fort Myers.

Our Clients

Our firm exclusively handles legal cases for people who have been involved in all forms of automobile, motorcycle, truck and boat accidents. We also handle legal cases for clients who have suffered closed head and brain injuries, as well as premises liability, slip-and fall-claims, cases involving insurance coverage disputes, dog bites and serious injuries caused by other negligent actions.
Main Office

Main Office
5291 Office Park Boulevard
Bradenton  FL  34203

Phone
  • 941-752-7200

Other Offices

  • Sarasota Personal Injury Law Office
    308 Cocoanut Ave. Sarasota FL, 34236
    Sarasota,  FL  34236
  • St Petersburg Personal Injury Law Office
    446 Central Avenue
    St. Petersburg,  FL  33707
  • Venice Personal Injury Law Office
    3986 S. Tamiami Tr.,
    Venice,  FL  34293
  • Lakeland Personal Injury Law Office
    5137 S. Lakeland Dr.
    Lakeland,  FL  33813
  • Englewood Personal Injury Law Office
    2960 S. McCall Rd
    Englewood,  FL  34224
Personal Injury
The lawyers of Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh have more than 100 years of combined Florida legal experience in personal injury, wrongful death, auto accident and negligence cases serving clients in Sarasota, Manatee and Pinellas counties.
The lawyers of Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh have more than 100 years of combined Florida legal experience in personal injury, wrongful death and negligence cases. M. David Shapiro, David Goldman, and Michael Babboni have each represented accident victims throughout Florida for over twenty years. Bernard Walsh has been a Florida lawyer for more than three decades, and has over a quarter-century of experience in personal injury law. Our partners have handled more than 10,000 non-fatal and fatal personal injury cases, where death or brain, head, neck, back, spinal cord, shoulder and knee injuries have resulted from car, truck, motorcycle or boat accidents.

At Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni and Walsh one of our experienced lawyers will be personally committed to winning your personal injury, wrongful death or accident injury case.

It costs you nothing for more than 100 years of combined years of service.

Exceptionally experienced and highly trained lawyers using state-of-the-art technologies to educate insurance companies and juries as to the value of our clients claims.

Expert professionals support our clients' cases. These specialists include the best forensic engineers, accident reconstructionists, vocational rehabilitative counselors, economists and toxicologists. We also consult a number of physician specialists whose practice concentrates on the injuries of an individual client.

Our firm has lifelong memberships to some of the most prestigious legal and community organizations.

Attorneys at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni and Walsh are active and deeply involved in the communities of Bradenton, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Punta Gorda, Lakeland, Tampa, Venice, Fort Myers, and Englewood.

Offices in all areas of Southwest Florida to serve our clients including Sarasota, Bradenton, St. Petersburg,Venice, Tampa, Port Charlotte, Englewood, Punta Gorda, Arcadia, Lakeland, and Fort Myers.

Our Clients

Our firm exclusively handles legal cases for people who have been involved in all forms of automobile, motorcycle, truck and boat accidents. We also handle legal cases for clients who have suffered closed head and brain injuries, as well as premises liability, slip-and fall-claims, cases involving insurance coverage disputes, dog bites and serious injuries caused by other negligent actions.

Bernard Walsh

Education

Bernard F. Walsh graduated from the University of South Florida before receiving his law degree from Cumberland School of Law in 1978. During law school, he was selected to serve as a research clerk and intern for a Federal Judge and the U.S. Attorney's Office. He was awarded The National Book Awards for Constitutional Law and Professional Responsibility during law school.
Experience

Bernard Walsh devoted the next three years to trial work for the State of Florida. This provided him with the opportunity to concentrate on his trial abilities, with numerous high profile trials concerning serious felony crimes. Since 1982, he has exclusively practiced personal injury law and helped accident victims in and beyond Sarasota and Manatee Counties in Florida.

Mr. Walsh is an AV Preeminent rated attorney in Martindale-Hubbell. AV means the highest possible rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards. Mr. Walsh is also listed in AVVO as Superb, which is the highest rating for attorneys in AVVO. Mr. Walsh was appointed to the National Trial Lawyers Association as an Executive Committee Top 100 Trial Lawyers (2013 onward). Florida has only 12 lawyers appointed to the National Trial Lawyers Executive Committee. The executive committee is selected nationwide for excellence, professionalism and being and demonstrating they are an active and a driving force in the legal community. He is also listed in the National Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has been inducted into Southern Trial Lawyers Association, as well as the Melvin M. Belli Society. He has also won the largest playground recovery (2008), one of the top three motorcycle recoveries (2006), and the second largest daycare center recovery (2010), in the State of Florida. He is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum is a group of attorneys who have achieved career case successes that include multi-million dollar recoveries,
settlements and /or verdicts.
Activities, Associations and Awards

Bernard Walsh is firmly committed to community service. He is an active member of the Manatee and Sarasota Sheriff's Advisory Board, the Florida Highway Patrol Advisory Council and the One Hundred Club for Law Enforcement. His volunteer efforts to help all levels of law enforcement have benefited both private citizens and law enforcement personnel.

The National Trial Lawyers Association has appointed Mr. Walsh as an Executive Committee - Top 100 Trial Lawyer.
Florida has only 12 lawyers appointed to the NTL Executive Committee and this honor was bestowed on him by a vote of the Executive Committee.


As an experienced Florida motorcycle injury lawyer, Bernard Walsh won a $6 Million settlement - one of Florida's three largest motorcycle accident case settlements. A time-tested and highly respected member of the legal and law enforcement community, Mr. Walsh's membership brings additional knowledge and prestige to the Motorcycle Injury Trial Lawyers association (MITLA) and benefits the mission of The Motorcycle Injury Trial Lawyers Association to promote excellence in the legal profession through training, networking and education of trial lawyers. Additionally The Motorcycle Injury Trial Lawyers Association promotes and endorses some of the country's premier educational CLE seminars. These conferences offer the most current information regarding important topics facing today's trial lawyer.

Bradenton Attorney Bernard F. Walsh Speaks At Florida Justice Association of Trial Lawyer

Attorney Bernard Walsh lectures to Florida Trial Lawyers
on use of automobile crash reports in February 2011

Mr. Walsh was honored by the North Carolina Trial Lawyers for Justice by being invited to give a talk on National Trucking Litigation.

Bernard F. Walsh is a board member of the Florida Justice Association, a statewide organization of trial lawyers; the founder and president of the Manasota Trial Lawyers Board, a 'by invitation' group of trial lawyers; and The National Advisory Board of APITLA.

APITLA is the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America and is a national association of committed lawyers who have joined together to help eliminate unsafe and illegal interstate trucking practices. Through the combined efforts in learning, litigation and legislation, they are working today to make America's highways a safer place.

Mr. Walsh lectures on the law and has been asked to make presentations for the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Stetson School of Law, American Inns of Court and the State College of Florida. He has also presented at Southern Trial Lawyers Association, Florida Justice Association, the Melvin M. Belli Society, the North Carolina Lawyers for Justice, and the Ft. Myers Trial Lawyers Association. These lectures include presentations on how to present evidence to both a jury and insurance companies.

M. David Shapiro

Education

Attorney M. David Shapiro graduated from the University of Florida, College of Journalism, in 1981. He graduated from Florida State University College of Law with honors in 1985 and was admitted to The Florida Bar the same year. While attending the Florida State University College of Law, Mr. Shapiro served on the Florida State Law Review, and published articles on The Safety Belt Law, as well as Libel and Defamation. Mr. Shapiro was also chosen to represent the Florida State College of Law in the National Moot Court and National Mock Trial competitions.
Experience

Attorney M. David Shapiro is an AV-rated civil trial lawyer, the highest rating awarded to litigation attorneys. He is also board certified by the Florida Bar. Shapiro is an experienced trial lawyer who has earned the respect of his peers in the legal community. He has successfully litigated civil rights cases involving access to courts and rights under the Rehabilitation Act to the United States Supreme Court. He is admitted to practice in all of the Florida State Courts, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the United States Court of Appeal for the Eleventh Circuit. For more than 20 years, Shapiro has practiced exclusively in the area of personal injury and wrongful death. Shapiro has also been a candidate for political office, and was narrowly defeated in 2006 in his bid for election to the Florida House of Representatives.
Activities, Associations and Awards

M. David Shapiro is a member of The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the American Association of Justice, an Eagle Member of The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, the Florida Justice Association, a member of The American Bar Association and The Sarasota Bar Association. Mr. Shapiro is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is a group of attorneys who have achieved career case successes that include million dollar recoveries, settlements and/or verdicts.

He has served as a guest lecturer for several civic organizations in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death and nursing home negligence. He has also authored numerous articles in The Sarasota Herald Tribune, The Bradenton Herald, The Englewood Sun Herald and The Suncoast Health Magazine. Shapiro annually attends specialized programs on the handling of personal injury cases and trial practice.
Community Involvement

Attorney M. David Shapiro is Treasurer of Children First, Trustee member of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, on the Board of Directors of the Sarasota Film Festival, and the Sarasota Civic League

David L Goldman

Education

David L. Goldman graduated from Hamilton College in 1983 and the Tulane University School of Law in 1987. He was admitted to The Florida Bar in the same year.
Experience

Since his admission to the Florida Bar, Goldman has practiced exclusively in the area of personal injury and wrongful death. Attorney David Goldman was the managing partner of a busy, successful personal injury law practice with offices throughout the West Coast of Florida before he joined our injury law firm. He has also served as the managing attorney for various law offices since 1989. Upon direct appointment of the Governor of Florida, he has also served on the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Twelfth Judicial Circuit for Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto Counties.
Activities, Associations and Awards

Mr. Goldman is a member of the American Association of Justice, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and the Southern Trial Lawyers Association. Goldman is an Eagle Member of the Florida Justice Association and The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, and received the prestigious Legislative Leadership Award by that organization in 1997.

David Goldman has a long-standing commitment to the community and has served as a board member of many civic organizations. He has worked extensively with the Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce, the Sarasota African-American Chamber of Commerce, Second Chance Last Opportunity and the Westcoast Center for Human Development. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Community Center and has been a director and member of the Endowment Fund of his local synagogue.

Goldman has also served as spokesperson of Floridians for Fair Elections, which helped enact a state constitutional amendment to reform election laws within the state. He has been active in independent politics, was State Chairman of the Reform Party of Florida and was General Counsel for the Reform Party of the United States of America.

Goldman has been a regular guest columnist for The Bradenton Herald, and was co-publisher of the Sarasota County Watchdog, a consumer newsletter that promoted accountability in government. Goldman has also written numerous guest columns for newspapers and magazines across Florida, including the Miami Herald, Tampa Tribune, St. Petersburg Times, Orlando Sentinel and Sarasota Herald Tribune.

Michael Babboni

Education

Attorney Michael J. Babboni graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1984 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Political Science. In 1987, he graduated from Stetson University College of Law with a Juris Doctor degree.
Experience

Since October of 1987, Babboni has practiced civil and criminal litigation in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has been lead counsel in jury trials from Pasco County to Sarasota County on the West Coast of Florida, and from Sanford south to Sebring in Central Florida. Michael J. Babboni has also litigated extensively before the Second District of Appeals, winning reversals on several important appellate decisions.

Michael J. Babboni has successfully argued before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia, in the case of Louis Elam vs. Railroad Retirement Board. This case established new guidelines for how the Federal Government determines a permanent disability for a federal employee.
Activities, Associations and Awards

Michael J. Babboni was selected by the St. Petersburg City Council as a charter member of the city's Nuisance Abatement Board, which has served as a model for other large municipalities throughout the state of Florida. Michael J. Babboni also served on the City of St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Committee, which helped attract a major league baseball team to the city. In 1997, Michael J. Babboni was certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Circuit Court Mediator. He is also a registered National Football League Player Representative, and recruits and/or represents football players throughout Florida.

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