Tad S. Shapiro
Tad attended college at UCLA and law school at Hastings College of the Law, receiving his JD In 1980.
After passing the bar exam, Tad worked for a small nationally recognized plaintiff's firm which specialized in aviation law. He joined his father Everett and Dan Galvin in the practice in Santa Rosa in 1982.
Since then he has worked on behalf of individuals and families who have lost loved ones or have been seriously injured in automobile, truck and motorcycle collisions, construction site accidents, cases involving defective roadways, dangerous conditions of premises and defective products. Tad prides himself in preparing every case as if it will go to trial. He has been able to achieve substantial results for his clients, having obtained some of the largest personal injury and wrongful death awards and settlements in Northern California.
Like all members of the firm, Tad has been active in legal and community organizations. He has served on the boards of non-profit organizations including The Redwood Empire Food Bank, Sonoma County Legal Services Foundation and the Sonoma County YMCA. He was an adjunct professor in the Sonoma State University paralegal program, teaching evidence and civil discovery for many years. He is a frequent speaker at continuing education seminars in the areas of civil discovery, law and motion practice, trial practice and mediation. He has completed a term on the Board of Trustees of Hastings College of the Law.
Tad is an experienced mediator, often being selected by attorneys and insurance carriers he has been opposite in his practice. While he enjoys this change of pace, he still prefers to represent his clients in their cases.
Tad has been selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer every year from 2006-2022. He has served on the Super Lawyers Blue Ribbon committee, rating other selected lawyers. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating for both professional ability and ethics. He has been recognized by the Sonoma County Courts for his work as a Pro Tem Judge presiding over jury trials and as a settlement conference panelist. He is a Master of the Richard M. Sangster Inns of Court. Tad is also a Senior Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation only trial lawyer organization made up of 3000 Fellows nationwide.
Tad handles the majority of the personal injury litigation in the firm. For more information on this practice see our case results page.
Areas of Practice:
Personal Injury Plaintiff
Products Liability Law
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California, 1980, J.D.
UCLA, Los Angeles, California
Santa Rosa, CA 95404-4445 Ph: (707) 544-5858