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.
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.
Mr. Shapiro has been selected by his peers to be included in the 22"d edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in the practice area of Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs.
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