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About me

For over 35 years, I represent only injured workers against their employers and insurance companies to obtain fair benefits and compensation.  Beware of lawfirms who specialize in workers compensation cases and handle a large volume of cases as there is sometimes a fine line between having a large case worth hundreds of thousands of dollars or a small case worth $15,000 or less. Some of the large firms handle these cases like they were hamburgers at McDonalds! An aggressive lawyer can turn a small case into a big case, while a McDonald's style lawfirm handling thousands of cases will treat everyone the same. Choose carefully!


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 80%
    37 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. Social Security: 10%
    37 years, 500 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 5%
    37 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Wrongful Termination: 5%
    37 years, 100 cases



Contingent (10-15%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

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Contact info

Po Box 141106
Miami, FL, 331141106


NYCurrently registered 199103/13/2015
FLMember in Good Standing197709/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
4 years of service on the board of directorsLegal Services of Miami-Dade County1993
8 years of service on the board of directorsDade County Bar Association1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentRobert D. Shapiro, P.A.1977 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Greater Miami Boys' and Girls' ClubsDirector1993 - 2005
Legal Services of Miami-Dade CountyBoard of Directors1993 - 1996
Dade County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors1988 - 1991
Florida Justice AssociationMember1977 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Confidential SettlementWalking/Standing at Dept Store Caused Job Injury
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Publication nameTitleDate
Work Injury Law NewsletterThe 7 Dirty Secrets That Every Worker Must Know2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Jacksonville UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLE LectureWorkers Compensation1992