Tad S. Shapiro

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Santa Rosa, California

Shapiro, Galvin, Shapiro & Moran
Tad S. Shapiro
Shapiro, Galvin, Shapiro & Moran

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Alternative Dispute Resolution; view more

Licensed in California since: 1980

Education: University of California College of the Law, San Francisco

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

Shapiro, Galvin, Shapiro & Moran

640 Third Street, 2nd Floor
PO Box 5589
Santa Rosa, CA 95402 Visit website


Attorney Tad Shapiro has been a partner of the law firm of Shapiro, Galvin, Shapiro & Moran since 1982. He handles the majority of the firm's personal injury litigation representing plaintiffs in serious injury and death cases arising out of motor vehicle/truck crashes, injuries or death caused by dangerous roadways, hazardous work sites and defective products. Mr. Shapiro is an active member of his community in Santa Rosa, California. He has served on the boards of nonprofit organizations, including the Redwood empire food bank.  He has also served as the president of the local chapter of the CAOC, formerly known as the Redwood Empire Trial Lawyers. He was an adjunct professor at Sonoma State University and frequently speaks at continuing education seminars on civil discovery, law and motion practice, trial practice and mediation.

In addition to his professional and community affiliations, he was  selected as one of the top 500 plaintiff attorneys in the United States by Lawdragon. He was also selected by San Francisco magazine as a Northern California Super Lawyer from 2006-2016. He is a Senior Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America,an invitation only trial lawyers organization he is a member of the Richard Sangster Inns of Court and was selected as a top 100 trial lawyer since 2014 by the National Trial Lawyers. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Shapiro attended college at UCLA and received his J.D. from the Hastings College of Law in 1980.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Alternative Dispute Resolution

Focus areas

Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 80% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20% Alternative Dispute Resolution

First Admitted: 1980, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.shapirogalvinlaw.com/attorneys/2-uncategorised/29...

  • $1,700,000 recovery for bicyclist struck by racing employees of dry cleaners who allegedly were "off the clock" at the time, and not in the course and scope of employment.
  • $1,250,000 (policy limits) recovery for motorcyclist hit by left turning truck. Client suffered severe orthopedic injuries.
  • $5,265,000 for motorist injured in cross median crash caused by flooding on state highway. We showed the drainage facilities at the intersection were inadequate to handle expected water flow, that flooding was frequent at the location and proposed solutions to the problem were known but not funded. Adverse driver had legal minimum insurance coverage of $15,000. Responsible public entity paid $5,250,000. Injuries were severe lower extremity fractures resulting in numerous surgeries and residual pain. As a result our client was disabled from working as an auto mechanic., 2014
  • $950,000 recovery for motorcyclist who suffered head injuries when he struck defendant's cow on state highway., 2014
  • $1,400,000 recovery for surviving wife and daughter of 51 year old vineyard worker killed in head on collision with minor. Case invovled allegations of negligent supervision/control by minor's parents, 2016
  • 1,950,000 recovery for the family of a 21 year old wife and mother whose car hydroplaned off a state highway into a ravine, causing her death. The defendant public entity admitted liability for the dangerous condition caused by water running across the highway as a result of road construction. This is the only case we are aware of in California in which the State has admitted liability for a dangerous condition of its property in an unwitnessed single vehicle accident.
  • $1,850,000 recovery for family members whose van was hit by a truck in Southern Oregon. The crash was caused by a freak hailstorm that deposited hail on the road moments before the crash. The defendant driver rounded a curve and lost control of his trailer. Despite the investigating officer's opinion the driver couldn't do anything to avoid the collision, we proved the driver was in violation of Federal Regulations.
  • $1,000,000 (policy limits) recovery for the death of 22 year old college student killed in collision with commercial truck.
  • $1,950,000 recovery for severe facial and brain injuries suffered by a young girl when an out of control van and vehicle chasing the van crashed into her car. The majority of the recovery was funded by the driver of the vehicle chasing the van as we proved he was in the course and scope of  employment during the chase.
  • $2,100,000 recovery for the death of two vineyard workers who stopped on the shoulder of a state highway to help a friend whose car broke down. Both were struck by a driver who had fallen asleep and drifted off the road.
  • $725,000 recovery for injuries suffered by Canadian tourist in the Napa Valley. This case involved severe orthopedic injuries suffered by our client in a left turn collision. The case involved issues of Canadian insurance law.
  • $500,000 (policy limits) settlement for death of young wife and mother in head on collision on two lane highway. The physical evidence of point of impact was inconclusive and the defendant claimed our client crossed the center divider causing the crash.
  • $750,000 recovery for a roofer who fell through a skylight on a commercial roofing project. The evidence we developed showed the client fell through an unmarked, unbarricaded skylight, which was in violation of OSHA requirements. The general contractor and prime roofing contractor who employed our client's employer funded the recovery.
  • $500,000 for back injuries requiring surgery suffered by worker injured in slip and fall on icy ramp.
  • $500,000 (policy limits) settlement in wrongful death case arising out of the death of 25 year old husband and father in single boat accident.
  • $500,000 recovery for bicyclist injured when unleashed dog chased him and caused fall resulting in orthopedic injuries. Recovery was funded by the dog's owner.
  • $2,000,000 settlement for client injured while on canopy tour/zipline in Hawaii. Client suffered severe orthopedic injuries requiring multiple surgeries. Case involved issues of compliance with internal safety rules, adequacy of design and tree maintenance of the canopy tour. Case settled after we filed a motion to have the operator determined to be a common carrier., 2016
  • $4,260,000 for severe brain injury suffered by client during timber harvest. Substantial contributions to the settlement were made by the tree falling contractor, licensed timber operator, forester and property owner., 2017
  • Selected as one of the top 500 plaintiff attorneys in the United States by Lawdragon, a national publication
  • Selected a Northern California Super Lawyer by San Francisco magazine from 2006-2016.   This honor is limited to 5% of all attorneys in Northern California.
  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating for both professional ability and ethics.
  • Senior Fellow Litigation Counsel of America; Top 100 trial lawyer; National Trial Lawyers 2014 to present;
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Adjunct Professor, Sonoma State University, Paralegal Studies teaching evidence and civil discovery
  • He is a frequent speaker at continuing education seminars in the areas of civil discovery, law and motion practice, trial practice and mediation.
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, CAOC
  • Member, AAJ
  • President, Local chapter of CAOC, then known as Redwood Empire Trial Lawyers
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Sonoma County Legal Services Foundation
  • Board member Redwood Empire Food Bank
Educational Background:
  • UCLA, California, Los Angeles

Office location for Tad S. Shapiro

640 Third Street, 2nd Floor
PO Box 5589
Santa Rosa, CA 95402

Phone: 707-544-5858


18 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

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