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Bernard Francis Walsh

Personal injury Attorney at Sarasota, FL

4.8   33 reviews
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  • Licensed for 45 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1978
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Bernard

Learn Bernard’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    40%
    Thirty percent of our practice area is based on Personal Injury

    46 years

  2. Car accident
    30%
    The other Ten percent of our firm's practice is based on basically general cases, Products Liability, Slip and Falls, Dog bites, and Nursing home cases.

    46 years

  3. Motorcycle accident
    15%
    Another thirty percent of our practice is based on handling motorcycle accidents.

    46 years

  4. Trucking accident
    10%

  5. Wrongful death
    5%
    Then thirty percent of our firm's practice is based on wrongful death cases.

    46 years

IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE ARE SERIOUSLY INJURED OR WORSE, WE FIGHT TO MAKE THEM PAY AT JUSTICEPAYS.COM.

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.


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    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.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2014,2012
Client's Choice
2014 2012

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Location

Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh
2822 University Pkwy
Sarasota, FL, 34243
Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh
3947 Clark Rd.
Sarasota, FL, 34233
Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh
6446 Central Avenue
Saint Petersburg, FL, 33707
Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh
2960 S. McCall Road, Suite 210
Englewood, FL, 34224
Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh
2180 W 1st St. Ste 120
Fort Myers, FL, 33901
Goldman, Babboni, Fernadez, Murphy & Walsh
3986 South Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL, 34293
Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh
10 South Desoto Avenue
Arcadia, FL, 33820
Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh
122 Nesbit St. Ste 113
Punta Gorda, FL, 33950
Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh
1215 Manatee Ave W
Bradenton, FL, 34205
Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh
6305 18th St. E
Ellenton, FL, 34222
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  33 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
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Posted by Jackie | February 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional and knowledgeable
After my accident, Mr. Walsh, Lorraine, and their entire staff were outstanding in listening, understanding my needs, explaining the process as well as my options, and assisting with every question and concern I had. They work diligently for their clients and really work for the citizens in our community. They resolved my legal issues quickly and efficiently, and if I ever need legal advice or assistance in the future they will be the only office I will call! Very highly recommend!
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Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
I hired Mr. Walsh and his law firm to represent me and being involved in an automobile accident. Bernie was tireless when it came to dealing with the insurance company and his endurance won out. I was extremely satisfied with the outcome.
Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Mr. Bernard Walsh
I hired Mr. Walsh after an automobile accident this past March. He and his entire staff were extremely professional. They kept me informed every step of the way and settled my case in a timely manner. Thank you so much for your help.
Posted by Pam | September 17, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend Bernard Walsh!
Bernard and his staff were professional, courteous, prompt, and very good at keeping me up to date on the process every step of the way. I appreciate all the assistance I received from the first phone call to the successful conclusion. Pam
Posted by Guy | July 13, 2015
Guy Morrissette Ottawa Canada
I was treated very well by Mr Walsh and staff They took on my complicated case as I am Canadian injured in the US The staff (Nikki West) was fantastic always answering my questions and taking care of all my needs I would Highly recommend Mr Bernard Walsh to anyone
Posted by Elisa | October 8, 2014
Better than the rest.
From the minute I contacted the office until the job was done I was kept informed about the case. He fought hard, everyone in his office was responsive whenever I called and he prevailed. Very pleased.
Posted by Naedinne | April 24, 2014
My MVA
I was very happy with Mr. Walsh's services. I felt very comfortable with his knowledge and experience. He was very helpful through the entire process and i will definitely recommend him.
Posted by John | April 23, 2014
Auto Accident
Mr. Walsh has proven once again, why he is considered one of the foremost attorneys in the nation. His knowledge and expertise along with his courteous and professional staff eased many of my concerns, letting me concentrate on healing. Out Standing Job!
Posted by Velta | April 23, 2014
Auto Accident
This is the second time that I have used Mr. Walsh in regards to an auto accident, and once again I was not disappointed with the assistance given by him and his staff. The office is always courteous and helpful.
Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2014
Auto Accident
This is a great lawyer to go to. Very trustworthy and the staff is amazing and makes you feel important throughout the entire case. I definatley would recommend this firm.
Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2014
Great Lawyer!!
I recommend Bernard Walsh 100%. Great attorney and great staff. If you need a lawyer, go to Mr. Walsh!!
Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2014
Excellent Attorney!
Mr. Walsh and his team were amaizing through the entire process. I was in an auto accident and they helped me all the way through recovery. If you need a lawyer, this is the person to go to. I am incredibly happy with my result. Bernie made me feel at home and comfortable whenever I was at the office, and even over the phone. If I need another attorney, I would come back to him.
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Posted by Lynn | January 24, 2014
Auto Accident
I was informed the whole way. I ended up having major surgery and I just had to take care of myself and not worry about anything about my case, as the team had me covered all the way through.
Posted by Laura | January 24, 2014
Auto Accident
Mr. Bernard Walsh, and his assistant Mrs. Nikki West, were outstanding in every way. The service they provided me, was not only prompt and curteous, but extremely knowledgeable, and efficient... I would highly recommend this practice to any and all, of my friends and family!!! Not only did they fight for the full policy limit, they won! And I received my settlement within 6 months!!! They also sent a beautiful flower arrangement, to my home, after surgery.. Very personable and approachable!
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Posted by WILLIAM | May 24, 2013
THE BEST
Bernie Walsh is an excellent Attorney. Very compassionate, understanding. Always answering any questions you have never making you feel uncomfortable. Thank you to Bernie Walsh and his team for all that you have done for our family to make us feel like part of your family, and taking care of our case. We will continue to recommend your law firm to all friends and family.
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Posted by Victoria | May 23, 2013
I highly recommend Bernard Walsh
Bernard exceeded my expectations. He successfully represented me when I had been devastatingly injured. This attorney, along with his excellent staff, diligently, skillfully, and successfully represented me, and continues to do so. I was found him to be a gifted and experienced attorney, and I could not be more pleased. Thank you, Bernard, for a JOB WELL DONE.
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Posted by William | May 1, 2013
Very pleased with Attorney Bernard Walsh and his staff
My experience with attorney Bernie Walsh and staff was very pleasing. Mr. Walsh and his staff was very attentive to my needs and kept me well-informed throughout the investigation. Mr. Walsh exceeded my expectations and close my case with excellent results.
Posted by Jeff | November 15, 2012
Never thought it would happen to me.....
I was struck by a Ford F150 ..early AM ..Aug 24th 2012... Tamiani Trail, Sarasota... I required 2 surgeries on my lacerated wrist .. not being from the area I hit the yellow pages.. I spoke to maybe ..10 attorneys .. The gut feeling I had after speaking with Beth fom Mr. Walsh's office was correct ; I was in the right place.. Excellent "bedside manner" .. informative and FAST .. I cannot recommend Mr. Walsh and his legal team enough ... I received compensation 2 months later almost to the day.
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Posted by Kelli | November 8, 2012
I would recommed Mr Walsh to my friends and family! He most certainly got justice for us...
Mr Walsh has worked with my family in the past which was why I called him when I found myself in need of an attorney. I have to say that we were more then pleased with the outcome of our case. Just as my family was when Bernie represented them in the past. Both Bernie and his office staff were always available and made the process easy on my family.
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Posted by Nancy | November 5, 2012
Kind, caring and compassionate attorney
I was very pleased with all of the hard work Mr. Walsh did for me on not only one car accident case, but for two accidents that I had been involved in. I would highly recommend Mr. Walsh to represent anyone I know who would need a personal injury attorney.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Shapiro Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh
  • 2004 - Present
  • Advisory Board Member
  • Florida Highway Patrol
  • 2002 - Present
  • Advisory Board Member
  • Manatee County Sheriff's Office
  • 1997 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Luhrsen, Walsh, & Kleinberg P.A.
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Attorney
  • Luhrsen & Walsh P.A
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Guest Lecturer
  • Stetson School of Law
  • 1994 - 2001
  • Attorney
  • Bernard F. Walsh P.A.
  • 1983 - 2001
  • Attorney
  • Schultz & Walsh P.A
  • 1981 - 1982
  • Attorney
  • Robert Schultz Law Office
  • 1980 - 1982
  • Division Chief
  • Public Defender's Office
  • 1978 - 1981
  • Clerk Intern
  • Federal Court Judge
  • 1978 - 1978
  • Clerk Intern
  • U.S. Attorney's Office
  • 1977 - 1977
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Education

  • Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
  • Law
  • 1978
  • University of South Florida
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Antorino v. Palmetto Point Civic Association
  • 1.9 million
  • Within the Top 3 Largest Motorcycle Case in the State of Florida
  • 5.8million
  • Rolland v. Vega
  • $370,000

Associations

  • National Brain Injury Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Manasota Trial Lawyers Board
  • Founding Member and President
  • 2010 - Present
  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
  • National Advisory Board Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • The Melvin Belli Society
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Florida Highway Patrol Advisory Board
  • Advisor
  • 2002 - Present
  • Sarasota Bar Association
  • Attorney/Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association
  • Attorney/Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Manatee County Sheriff's Office Advisory Board
  • Advisor
  • 1997 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • The Florida Justice Association
  • Board Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • The Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Member
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2012
  • Top Lawyer of America
  • Top Lawyers of America
  • 2008
  • VERY HIGH LEGAL ABILITY AND ETHICAL STANDARDS
  • LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbel
  • 2008
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Manatee County Sheriff's Office
  • 2007
  • An Honored Lifetime Member
  • Cambridge Who's Who
  • 2007
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Florida Highway Patrol
  • 2002
  • Appreciation for support of Local law Enforcement
  • Bradenton Police Department
  • 1996
  • Constitutional Law and Professional Responsibility
  • The National Book Awards
  • 1978
  • Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • N/A
  • Member
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • N/A
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Publications

  • JUSTLAW
  • The A to Z Basics of Proving Closed Head Injury
  • 2012
  • The Lawyer's Log Book
  • Working a Trucking Case - the A to Z Basics
  • 2012
  • Lecture Handout Outline
  • Mediation Presentations and uses of Demonstrative Evidence
  • 1981
  • Lecture Handout Outline Part II
  • Pre-suit Workup of a Personal Injury Case
  • 1981
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Speaking Engagements

  • St. Louis Summit
  • A to Z of Handling Trucking Litigation
  • 2013
  • Mardi Gras Conference
  • Strategic Use of Accident Reports
  • 2012
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers-Seminar
  • Lawsuits/Disputes
  • 2002
  • American Inns of Court
  • Lawsuits/Disputes
  • 2000
  • Manatee Community College
  • Lawsuits/Disputes
  • 1998
  • Stetson School of Law
  • Lawsuits/Disputes
  • 1994
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (15)
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Personal injury Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mr. Walsh was instrumental in introducing me to the practice of personal injury. He gave me an opportunity and hired me as soon as I passed the Florida Bar in 2015. Mr. Walsh has been a tremendous mentor and boss, making sure I grow within our law firm. Bernie cares about our clients and I've seen how he gives back to our community and the importance of both of these."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Car accident Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"For 15 years I had to compete with Bernard F. Walsh. I grew to respect his abilities as a competetor and now that I have had the chance to be partners with him for the past 5 years, the respect has grown as I've been able to witness first hand ability to negotiate cases. He has tremendous organization skills and prowess and legal knowledge and abilities."
Car accident Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Walsh has the skills, experience and dedication it takes to represent victims of severe personal injury against large corporations and the insurance industry. He cares about each client and gives his all to each case, large or small. I highly recommend Attorney Walsh."
Car accident Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I worked with Mr. Walsh for well over twelve years. His agressive nature and attention to detail make him an attorney I would turn to should the need arise. His reputation in the community and especially at the couthouse is one of top notch legal advocacy. He's simply the best when it comes to personal injury legal represenatation."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Walsh is an incredibly talented lawyer. I have worked with him on many cases and he really cares about his clients and wants to help them. He spends the time and money to maximize the value of his cases. He does a great job for his clients!"
Car accident Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is rare to see an attorney so focused on the quality as well as the quantity of results. Bernie succeeds time and time again due to his commitment to hard work, strategy and building relationships. Bernie’s practice has grown by leaps and bounds and it’s no surprise to those who know him or have had the privilege of working with him."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bernie and I have represented clients together and he has always done a fantastic job protecting the rights of our mutual clients. His commitment to securing recoveries either before trial or after trial is second to none. I recommend Bernie strongly."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I David Shapiro has worked with Bernie many years and I fully endorse his legal abilities."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I've worked with this lawyer for many years and I fully endorse his legal abilities."
Personal injury Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Bernie strives consistently and aggressively to bring about the best possible result for all of his clients. I have worked with him for many years and each and every case is given his personal attention in an effort to bring about a fair and just resolution for the client."
Personal injury Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have defended some of Bernie's cases and I have also worked as co-counsel with him. Bernie is very dedicated to his clients and has achieved substantial recoveries on behalf of numerous families. His trial preparation and his ability to negotiate is superior."
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