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Bernard Francis Walsh

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After thirty years of helping injury victims and lecturing to attorneys on how to better represent clients; I would enjoy meeting with you on your case.


    Mr. Walsh graduated from the University of South Florida before achieving his law degree from Cumberland School of Law in 1978.  During law school, he was picked to be a student clerk intern for a Federal Judge and U.S. Attorney's Office.  The National Book Awards for Constitutional Law and Professional Responsibility were earned and awarded to him during law school.

     Bernie devoted the next three years doing trial work for the State of Florida.  This provided him with the oppotunity to concentrate on his trial abilities with numerous high profile trials concerning serious felony crimes.  His practice has been devoted to Personal Injury law and helping accident victims since 1982.

    Committed to community service; Bernie is an active member of the Sheriff's Advisory Board in Manatee and Sarasota, Florida Highway Patrol Advisory Council and the Hundred Club for Law Enforcement.  His volunteer efforts to help all levels of law enforcement have benefited both the citizens and law enforcement personnel.  

     As a guest lecturer on the law; he has been asked to make  presentations for the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Stetson School of Law, Southern Trial Lawyers Association;   American Inns of Court and Manatee Community College.  These lectures include presentations on how to present evidence to both a jury and insurance companies.  Lectures included Trail Advocacy and Medical Juris Prudence.

     Professionally, Bernie is a member of The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, American Trial Lawyers Association, Sarasota Bar Association, Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, The Florida bar- Trial Lawyers section, American Bar Association, Southern Trial Lawyers Association, Manasota Trial Lawyers Board and The Million Dollar Advocate Forum.  The Million Dollar Advocate Forum is given to attorneys who have achieved career case successes that include million dollar recoveries, settlements and/or verdicts.  Bernie has been recognized in Who's Who of Executives and Professionals.

     Mr. Walsh is also a member of The National Advisory Board of APITLA.  APITLA is The Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America.  APITLA 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, we are working today to make America's highways a safer place.   

    The National Advisory Board members of APITLA include lawyer citizens who are recognized leaders in their profession, many of whom have been voted by their peers to elected offices in their respective local or state bar associations, or state, local or national trial lawyer association or litigation groups.  Our board also includes frequent speakers at local, state or national continuing legal education programs on the subject of interstate trucking litigation or trial practice.  Some are nationally recognized authors on interstate trucking litigation.  Membership on this board is by invitation only.  Membership is limited to a group of not more than 100 Lawyer citizens from across America.

     Prior to extending an invitation to any lawyer to serve on our national advisory board, careful consideration is given to a number of important criteria, including each potential board members knowledge, reputation, litigation, record and qualifications in interstate trucking litigation.

     Mr. Walsh is a member of the Melvin M. Belli Society.  The Melvin M. Belli society is a group of lawyers who had distinguished themselves as trial lawyers and who are dedicated to the principles of education on an international basis.      Bernie was the founder of a thirteen office law firm that had offices from Orlando to Tampa - New Port Richey and south to Naples.  His experience and expertise are a great asset to helping our firm's clients.

      Membership in the Melvin M. Belli society is by invitation only and approval of the board.  Only those lawyers who met the criteria established by the board would be invited to join.  Its stated purpose would be to promote the international exchange of ideas among lawyers through meetings and education.

     The American Trial Lawyers Association has listed Mr. Walsh in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the state of Florida.


    Bernie has also been listed in the TOP LAWYERS OF AMERICA.

    Bernie's achievements include 1 of the Top 3 recoveries for motorcycle cases in Florida; the largest playground case recovery in the State of Florida and the 2nd largest Daycare recovery in Florida. 

    Bernie is listed in Martindale Hubble/Lexis Nexis, an attorneys rating publication, as having  VERY HIGH LEGAL ABILITY AND ETHICAL STANDARDS.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
    37 years
  2. Car Accidents: 30%
    37 years
  3. Motorcycle Accident: 25%
    37 years
  4. Wrongful Death: 5%
    37 years



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  • Mark V. Clay

    I highly endorse Mr. Walsh. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact him for help.


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  • John Michael Phillips

    I endorse Attorney Walsh. From his credentials Avvo, it is clear he is dedicated to serving those in need and his clients. It's rare that lawyers spend so much valuable time helping the community and striving for more and I applaud him for doing it to such a great level. Kudos.


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Contact info

Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, & Walsh

5291 Office Park Blvd
Bradenton, FL, 34203-3440

Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, & Walsh Esq.

308 Cocoanut Avenue
Sarasota, FL, 34236-4920

Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, & Walsh Esq

6446 Central Avenue
Saint Petersburg, FL, 33707-1329

Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Walsh Esq

2960 S. McCall Road
Englewood, FL, 34223-4862

Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, & Walsh Esq.

8359 Beacon Blvd
Fort Myers, FL, 33907-3048

Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, & Walsh Esq

3986 South Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL, 34293-5027

Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, & Walsh Esq.

10 South Desoto Avenue
Arcadia, FL, 33820

Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, & Walsh Esq.

24650 Sandhill Boulevard, Suite 401
Punta Gorda, FL, 33983

Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh esq

Sun City, FL



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
MemberMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2012
Top Lawyer of AmericaTop Lawyers of America2008
Certificate of AppreciationManatee County Sheriff's Office2007
An Honored Lifetime MemberCambridge Who's Who2007
Certificate of AppreciationFlorida Highway Patrol2002
Appreciation for support of Local law EnforcementBradenton Police Department1996
Constitutional Law and Professional ResponsibilityThe National Book Awards1978
MemberMillion Dollar Advocates ForumN/A
MemberMulti-Million Dollar Advocates ForumN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyShapiro, Goldman, Babboni, & Walsh Esq2004 - Present
Advisory Board MemberFlorida Highway Patrol2002 - Present
Advisory Board MemberManatee County Sheriff's Office1997 - Present
AttorneyLuhrsen, Walsh, & Kleinberg P.A.2002 - 2004
AttorneyLuhrsen & Walsh P.A2001 - 2002
Guest LecturerStetson School of Law1994 - 2001
AttorneyBernard F. Walsh P.A.1983 - 2001
AttorneySchultz & Walsh P.A1981 - 1982
AttorneyRobert Schultz Law Office1980 - 1982
Division ChiefPublic Defender's Office1978 - 1981
Clerk InternFederal Court Judge1978 - 1978
Clerk InternU.S. Attorney's Office1977 - 1977
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Brain Injury Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2012 - Present
Manasota Trial Lawyers BoardFounding Member and President2010 - Present
Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - Present
The Melvin Belli SocietyMember2009 - Present
Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of AmericaNational Advisory Board Member2009 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationExecutive Committee Member2008 - Present
Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers AssociationAttorney/Member2002 - Present
Sarasota Bar AssociationAttorney/Member2002 - Present
Florida Highway Patrol Advisory BoardAdvisor2002 - Present
Manatee County Sheriff's Office Advisory BoardAdvisor1997 - Present
Southern Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1980 - Present
The Florida Justice AssociationBoard Member1980 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1980 - Present
The Florida BarMember1978 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Antorino v. Palmetto Point Civic Association1.9 million
Within the Top 3 Largest Motorcycle Case in the State of Florida5.8million
Rolland v. Vega$370,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Lawyer's Log BookWorking a Trucking Case - the A to Z Basics2012
JUSTLAWThe A to Z Basics of Proving Closed Head Injury2012
Lecture Handout OutlineMediation Presentations and uses of Demonstrative Evidence1981
Lecture Handout Outline Part IIPre-suit Workup of a Personal Injury Case1981
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Samford University, Cumberland School of LawLawLaw1978
University of South FloridaN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
St. Louis SummitA to Z of Handling Trucking Litigation2013
Mardi Gras ConferenceStrategic Use of Accident Reports2012
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers-SeminarLawsuits/Disputes2002
American Inns of CourtLawsuits/Disputes2000
Manatee Community CollegeLawsuits/Disputes1998
Stetson School of LawLawsuits/Disputes1994