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William David Shapiro

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William Shapiro has devoted over 37 years to representing the catastrophically injured and families of victims of wrongful death. Martindale-Hubbell has awarded Shapiro its highest AV-rating and has listed him for years in its Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in America. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, the  International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers as well as ranked " Diplomate" and Currently serves as National Secretary of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).


Mr. Shapiro has been profiled by US News and  World Reports as, one of "America's Best Lawyers," by the LA Times, Los Angeles Magazine a "Superlawyer," by The Orange County Registers' Metro Magazine one of the "Top Lawyers in Orange County", and by the  Inland Empire Magazine one of the  "Top Lawyers in the Inland Empire.".  


Mr. Shapiro is past president of the San Bernardino/Riverside Chapter of the ABOTA, the San Bernardino County Bar Association, the Inland Counties Chapter of Consumer Attorneys of California and the Joseph B. Campbell Inns of Court. He is recognized by the State Bar of California and the National Board of Trial Advocacy as being a specialist in Civil Trial Advocacy. In 2010,


Mr. Shapiro was named the 2015, “Trial Lawyer of the Year,” by Cal ABOTA; the 2014 “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Consumer Attorneys  of the Inland Empire; the 2013 “Top Gun, Trial Lawyer of the Year,” by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association;  and was nominated “Trial Lawyer of the Year,” for 2013-2014 by Cal ABOTA and the Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire.  In 2013, Mr. Shapiro was inducted into the Western State College of Law “Hall of Fame,” and that same year was presented the “Surr Award” the highest honor an attorney can receive from the San Bernardino County Bar Association for legal excellence and professionalism.  In 2010, Mr. Shapiro was nominated “Consumer Attorney of the Year, “ by the Consumer Attorneys of California and in 1999, Mr. Shapiro received the “Matthew Kearney Award,” for his dedicated 20 years of pro bono work and contribution to the community, from the Legal Aid Society/ San Bernardino County Bar Association.  


Mr. Shapiro is an Adjunct Professor of Trial Practice at Western State College of Law as well as having taught Torts, Product Liability and Legal Ethics.


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Practice areas


  1. Defective Products: 50%
    38 years
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    38 years
  3. Wrongful Death: 15%
    38 years
  4. Government: 10%
    38 years
  5. Slip and Fall: 5%
    38 years



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Contact info

Law Offices of William D. Shapiro

893 East Brier Dr.
San Bernardino, CA, 92408-2837

Robinson Calcagnie Inc. "Of Counsel"

19 Corporate Plaza
Newport Beach, CA, 92660



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Trial Lawyer of the YearCalABOTA2015
SuperLawyersLos Angeles Magazine2015
Trial Lawyer of the YearCAOC IE2014
"Access to Justice" Award, pro bono effortsSan Bernardino County Bar Association2013
Surr Award, legal excellenceSan Bernardino County Bar Association2013
Top Gun Trial Lawyer of the YearOrange Co Trial Lawyers Assn2013
2013 Trial Lawyer of the Year, nomineeConsumer Attorneys of Inland Empire2013
2013 Trial Lawyer of the Year, nomineeCal-ABOTA2013
Firm websiteFor full list see orangecountylaw.com2013
"Best Lawyers in Inland EmpireInland Empire Magazine2012
Presidents AwardAmerican Board of Trial Advocates2011
Consumer Attorney of the Year, nomineeConsumer Attorneys of California2010
Super LawyersEditors of Los Angeles Magazine2010
Preeminent Lawyers in AmericaMartindale-Hubbell2003
Kearney Award, pro bono effortsLegal Aid Society of San Bernardino1999
"Ralph Kleps Award" Administration of Justice4th District Court of Appeal1996
A-V RatingMartindale1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerRobionson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis Inc2011 - Present
Attorney PrincipalLaw Offices of William D. Shapiro1979 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
American College of Trial LawyersFellow2013 - Present
International Society of BarristersFellow2012 - Present
International Academy of Trial LawyersFellow2009 - Present
Western Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
Riverside County Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Joseph B. Campbell Chapter, Inns of CourtPast President, Member1996 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesAdvocate; Past Chapter President1994 - Present
National Board of Trial AdvocacyBoard Certified1991 - Present
Riverside County Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of Inland EmpirePast President/Member1979 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember1979 - Present
San Bernardino County Bar AssociationPast President; Member1979 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember1977 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Doe family vs Roe Trucking Company$26,500,000.00
Doe 15YO boy vs Roe driver$4,2 Million
Doe vs Roe Rental Company$1,500,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
CAOC Annual ConventionVoir Dire2012
Bar JournalSan Bernardino County Bar2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
California State University, FullertonTeaching CredentialBS - Bachelor of Science1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Masters in TrialClosing Argument2015
Masters in TrialOpening Statement2015
Masters in TrialClosing Argument2015
Masters in TrialClosing Argument2015
Masters in TrialVoir Dire2014
Masters in TrialVoir Dire2013
COAC Palm Springs SeminarMasters in Trial2012
CAOC Annual ConventionTrial with the Masters2012
see websitefor additional presentations2010
Masters in TrialOpening Statement in a Dangerous Condition Case2010