William D. Shapiro

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in San Bernardino, California

Law Offices of William D. Shapiro
William D. Shapiro
Law Offices of William D. Shapiro

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability

Licensed in California since: 1979

Education: Western State University College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2024
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Law Offices of William D. Shapiro

893 East Brier Drive
San Bernardino, CA 92408 Visit website

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William Shapiro is a personal injury attorney who has devoted over four decades to representing catastrophically injured victims and families who have lost their loved ones. The National Board of Trial Advocacy recognized his proficiency and skills and certified him as a specialist in civil trial advocacy. He currently serves his clients through The Law Offices of William D. Shapiro in California, and takes on cases involving motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death and premises liability. 

Peer reviewed and rated AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell, Mr. Shapiro’s legal excellence has been recognized by several other organizations as well. The U.S. News & World Report L.P. named him to their list of Best Lawyers in America, and he was also the recipient of the John B. Surr Award from the San Bernardino County Bar Association. He was recently conferred with the Top Gun Trial Lawyer of the Year award in personal injury law by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. 

Mr. Shapiro holds the highest ranking of a diplomat in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and has also served as a board member, trustee and legacy fellow at the ABOTA foundation. He is a fellow in multiple organizations, including the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. 

Earning his bachelor’s degree in physical education from the California State University in the year 1974, Mr. Shapiro obtained his Juris Doctor from the Western State College of Law at Westcliff University in 1978.  

An adjunct faculty at his alma mater, Mr. Shapiro has been imparting his knowledge to the students since 2013. He steps in as a lecturer at times in other law schools as well, including the University of La Verne College of Law and the California Southern Law School. He has also been frequently seen as a speaker in various seminars and conferences organized by the Consumer Attorneys of California and the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. 

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 80% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 10% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1979, California

Professional Webpage: https://wshapiro.com/william-d-shapiro/

Educational Background:
  • California State University, Fullerton; BS, Teaching Credential, 1975
  • Western State University, College of Law,  Juris Doctor, 1978
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • For over 38 years, Mr. Shapiro has served on the Executive Board of the San Bernardino Legal Aid Society, as well as serving as one of the many volunteer attorneys at the Legal Aid Clinic. In 1999, he was presented the coveted "Matthew Kearney Award" "for outstanding contribution to the community through 20 years of dedicated service to the Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino.", 1979
  • Established the Susan and William D. Shapiro Scholorship at Western State University, College of Law
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Mr. Shapiro is Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) and is recognized by the State Bar of California as being a Legal Specialist in Civil Trial Advocacy. The NBTA is an accredited organization providing Board Certification for lawyers after rigorous testing and approval process that officially recognizes the extensive education and courtroom experience of their attorneys.  Civil Trial Advocacy (Natl Board of Legal Spec Cert), 1991
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2014
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Diplomat, 1993
  • President of the San Bernardino/Riverside Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He currently sits on the Executive Board of Cal ABOTA as well as being a National Representative for ABOTA National., 2008
  • President of the Inland Counties Trial Lawyers Association. Now named the Consumer Attorneys of California, Inland Chapter, Mr. Shapiro remains on the Executive Board., 1986
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2015
  • President of the Joseph B. Campbell, INN's of Court, 1996
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers, 2015
  • President of the San Bernardino County Bar Association, 2008
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • article, author, The Defense Medical Examination, Gavel Magazine, OCTLA, Legal, 2017
  • article, author, Cross Examination, Gavel Magazine, Legal, 2018
  • In addion to the years Mr. Shapiro was an Assistant Professor of Law, he is an active lecturer for many legal and insurance associations lecturing in Continuing Legal Education programs for ABOTA, CAOC, San Bernardino and Riverside County Bar Associations and more., Lecturer, 2009
  • Guest Lecturer, La Verne Law School
  • Mr. Shapiro was invited and was on the faculty of the ABOTA Trial College at Harvard Law School where he, along with other faculty lectured and demonstrated matters on trial practice from Voir Dire to Closing Statements. , Faculty, ABOTA Trial College at Harvard Law School, 2012
  • Since 2002, Mr. Shapiro has been on the faculty of multiple "Masters in Trial" Programs on behalf of multiple ABOTA Chapters. These Master's presentations range in all aspects of trial practice., Faculty in Masters in Trial Programs, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2002
Honors/Awards:
  • LOY, Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, US News & World Report, 2017
  • LAA, Western State College of Law, "Lifetime Achievement Award", Western State College of Law, 2018
  • TLY, Trial Lawyer of the Year, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
  • TLY, Trial Lawyer of the Year, Western San Bernardino County Bar Association, Western San Bernardino County Bar Association, 2016
  • TLY, Trial Lawyer of the Year, Consumer Attorneys of IE, Consumer Attorneys of IE, 2014
  • ABOTA, Trial Lawyer of the Year, Cal ABOTA, Cal ABOTA, 2015
  • Presented by the California State Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Two Presented by the Honorable Justice Manual Ramirez, Presiding Justice of the 4th District Court of Appeal for "For Improvement In The Administration Of The Courts.", Ralph N. Kleps Award , California State Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Two , 2001
  • "Trial Lawyer of the Year" nomination, Cal ABOTA , 2013
  • 2014, "Trial Lawyer of the Year", Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire
  • "Consumer Attorney of Year" nomination, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2010
  • John B. Surr Award, San Bernardino County Bar Association, 2013
  • Presented by the Legal Aid Society of the County of San Bernardino "for outstanding contribution to the community through 20 years of dedicated service to the Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino." Presented by the Legal Aid Society of the County of San Bernardino., Matthew Kearney Award , Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino, 1999
  • "Trial Lawyer of the Year" nomination , Consumer Attorneys of Inland Empire, 2011
  • Personal Injury, Top Gun Trial Lawyer of the Year, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, 2013
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Recent results: 12.5 Million (Dangerous Condition vs City) $20.5 Million (Bus against City) $6 Million Medical Malpractice (Birth injury) $7 Million (Trucking) $6 Million (Bus) $11.9 Million (trucking ); $26 Million  (trucking); $4.3 Million Judgment (auto); $6.5 Million settlement (auto product liability) $3.2 Million (auto products/dangerous condition) more results on request. Over the last 34 years, Mr. Shapiro has obtained over 60, 7 and 8 figure verdicts and settlements.  , 2020
Industry Groups:
  • AMERICAN BOARD OF TRIAL ADVOCATES
  • American College Of Trial Lawyers
  • International Academy Of Trial Lawyers
  • International Society Of Barristers

Office location for William D. Shapiro

893 East Brier Drive
San Bernardino, CA 92408

Phone: 949-720-1288

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