Meet Our Injury Attorneys 

Shapiro I Delgado is a premier personal injury law firm. Our lawyers have over 100 years of combined legal experience. In addition, we’ve won over one hundred million dollars for accident victims. If you, or a loved one, have been injured in an accident you have legal rights. We help protect those rights and fight for your financial interests, after an accident. Read below to learn more about our Sarasota and Manatee County Personal Injury Attorneys. 

M. David Shapiro

Managing Partner

David Shapiro is an award-winning personal injury attorney. Mr. Shapiro has an impeccable reputation, stellar reviews, and has been helping injury victims for over 30 years. In addition, Mr. Shapiro is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. With a perfect 10 out of 10 AVVO rating and recognition from Martindale Hubbell, it’s no wonder why so many injury victims have turned to Mr. Shapiro for legal assistance. To learn more about David please read his full bio below.



Attorney David Shapiro graduated from The University of Flordia, College of Journalism, in 1981. He graduated from Florida State University College of Law with honors in 1985 and was admitted to The Florida State Bar the same year. While attending the Florida State University College of Law, Mr. Shapiro served on the Flordia State Law Review and published articles on The Safety Belt Law, as well as Liable and Defamation. Mr. Shapiro was also chosen to represent the Florida State College of Law in the National Moote Court and National Mock Trial Competitions.



Attorney David Shapiro is an AV-Preeminent rated Civil Trial Lawyer, the highest rating awarded to litigation attorneys. He is also Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a Civil Trial Lawyer and Mediator. Mr. Shapiro is an experienced trial lawyer who has earned the respect of his peers within the legal community. David successfully litigated civil rights cases involving access to courts within the United States Supreme Court. He is admitted to practice law in all of the Florida State Courts and the United States District  Court for the Middle District of Florida. For more than 30 years, Mr. Shapiro has practiced exclusively in the areas of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death.

Activities – Associations – Awards

David Shapiro is a member of the Florida Justice Association, The American Association for Justice, The American Bar Association, and the Sarasota Bar Association. Mr. Shapiro is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a group of attorneys who have achieved career case success that include million-dollar recoveries, settlements, and verdicts.

In addition, Mr. Shapiro has been selected for membership for The National Trial Lawyer Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and Tampa Bay Top Attorneys. He has served as a guest lecturer for several civic organizations in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, and nursing home negligence. Mr. Shapiro also authored numerous articles in the Sarasota Herald Tribue, The Bradenton Herald, The Englewood Sun Herald, and the Sun Coast Health Magazine. David is a frequent guest on ABC 7 relating to political and legal issues. He has served on a number of boards and advisory boards, including Children First, Sarasota Film Festival, and The West Coast Black Theatre Group. Mr. David Shapiro is an award-winning injury attorney. If you have been injured in an accident, Mr. Shapiro may be the attorney you’ve been looking for.

Jim L. Delgado

Managing Partner

Jim L. Delgado is a trial-tested and tenured personal injury attorney. Mr. Delgado is well known in Manatee County, and throughout the state of Florida, as a trusted and tenacious injury lawyer. To learn more about Mr. Delgado check out his full profile below.



Jim L. Delgado was born in El Paso, Texas, and graduated from J.M. Hanks High School. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was an Inertial Navigation Systems Specialist on F-4 Wild Weasels.
He graduated, summa cum laude, from the inter-American University of Puerto Rico. He then graduated from Stetson College of Law and received a master’s degree in business administration from Stetson University. 



After law school, Jimmy went to work for the Public Defender’s Office in Bradenton. While there, he gained valuable trial experience in criminal defense law in both misdemeanor and felony divisions.
Jimmy began his employment at Kallins & Little in October 1999 and was named partner in June of 2004. He practices primarily in the areas of personal injury and criminal defense. 


Due to his involvement in the community, Delgado received the Manatee County Bar Association Community Service Award 2007 and the Florida Trends Best Up and Coming Attorneys Award in 2008.
Jimmy Delgado is a past president of the Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Manatee Educational Television. He has served as a member of the Central Economic Development Committee, Manatee Community Action Agency, Legal Aid of Manasota, and Community Leadership Council for USF Sarasota-Manatee. He has also served as an attorney coach for St. Stephens Episcopal School Mock Trial Team and served as a judge in the Teen Court Program at the Manatee County Courthouse.
Jimmy was awarded the 2018 William Grimes Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service by the Manatee County Bar Association. This is the highest honor awarded by the association for community service. 


Personal Information

Delgado is married and has two children.


Adam Shapiro


Adam Shapiro is an up and coming injury attorney. He has been recognized as a Rising Star and holds recognition from AVVO and Martindale Hubbell. If you, or a loved one, have been injured in an accident Shapiro I Delgado can help. To learn more about Adam please read his full bio below.



Adam Shapiro received his law degree, with honors, from Stetson University College of Law. After finishing his first year of law school ranked in the top five percent of his class, Mr. Shapiro was invited to join the prestigious Stetson Law Review and was awarded a merit-based scholarship for his achievements. While in law school, he focused on courses related to Personal Injury and wrote a Case Note on Worley v. Central Florida Young Men’s Christian Association Inc., a pivotal Florida Supreme Court case in his chosen field. He edited numerous articles published by the Stetson Law Review Journal. Mr. Shapiro passed the Florida Bar Exam on his first attempt in September of 2017.


Professional Background

Prior to attending law school, Adam Shapiro worked in the medical field at Bowes Imaging Center helping accident victims receive medical care. During his three years in law school, Mr. Shapiro worked for two prominent Personal Injury Law Firms including a Sarasota law firm, Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, & Walsh and a Tampa law firm, Harmon, Woods, Parker, & Abrunzo. His experience includes handling auto-accidents, uninsured/underinsured motorist claims, first-party property claims, scar cases, HIPAA compliance, insurance denials, slip and falls, commercial trucking cases, premises liability, sexual harassment, invasion of privacy, defamation and watercraft accidents.



Adam Shapiro is an active member of his local community. Before attending college, he volunteered at the Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity. During law school, he volunteered at Gulfcoast Legal Services’ Low-Income Tax Payer Clinic and Metropolitan Ministries in order to help poverty-stricken people receive free legal advice. After graduating, Adam has volunteered for local political campaigns and participated in beach clean-ups in Sarasota and Manatee County.

James M. Horne


James M. Horne is a decorated injury and medical malpractice attorney. He has been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell and awarded the status of an AV-Preeminent rated attorney. If you, or a loved one, have been injured in an accident Shapiro I Delgado can help. To learn more about James please read his full bio below.



Attorney James Horne graduated from the Florida International University College of Law with Honors in 2012 and was admitted to the Florida Bar that same year. He received the book award for the highest grade in Constitutional law and Business Associations. Prior to attending law school, he attended Florida International University and graduated with high honors with a Bachelor of Business Administration where he concentrated on Finance and International Business.

Florida International University College of Law – Juris Doctor, cum laude.
Books Awards: Constitutional Law and Business Organizations
Florida International University – Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business and Finance, magna cum laude



James practices in the areas of complex medical malpractice and personal injury law/wrongful death. He is fortunate to have a Medical Doctor, who co-counsels all of the medical malpractice cases for the firm. He is admitted to practice law in Florida and the US Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.


James has been actively involved with the Manatee County Bar Association (MCBA) and Legal Aid of Manasota. He was the past president (2017) and current board member of the Young Lawyers Division. He has won the Pro Bono Services Award from the Legal Aid of Manasota for providing free legal services to the survivors of domestic violence.


Personal Information

Jay is married and has one son. He enjoys golf and traveling in his free time.

Notable Medical Malpractice cases:

Failure to properly monitor a mother and baby shortly after birth resulting in severe permanent brain damage to the baby (Confidential Seven-Figure Settlement reached)

Misread of an MRI, which lead to a failure to promptly treat a spinal cord infection (Confidential Six-Figure Settlement Reached)

Notable Automobile cases:

Automobile accident- $250,000 settlement.

Arthur J. Cohen, M.D., J.D., M.B.A, Fellow American College of Legal Medicine

Of Counsel Shapiro I Delgado 

Dr. Cohen received his B.A. from New York University in 1964. He attended Brooklyn Law School graduating in 1967 and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1968. He graduated from the Free University of Brussels in 1976. After completing a residency if Family Practice he moved to Bradenton, Florida in July, 1978. In 1983 Dr. Cohen passed the Florida Bar Examination and was admitted to the Florida Bar. He joined Gary Roberts and Ed Ricci in 1983 and was of counsel with firm for several years. In 1994 he was awarded an MBA Nova University. He joined the law firm of Kallins, Little and Delgado and worked with that firm  on an of counsel basis for about 7 years. During his years since moving to Florida he has practice both law and medicine. During that period he eventually became Chief of Staff at Blake Medical Center, was a member of the law firm of Paster, Ray and Cohen. In addition to participating in Medical Malpractice litigation, both for plaintiffs and defendants he also became a mediator and health care risk manager. Among his professional achievements he became President of the American College of Legal Medicine, a professional organization of Physician/ Attorneys, served on many hospital medical staff committees, and currently serves as Medical Director for the largest free medical clinic in Manatee County. He brings a unique combination of medical knowledge and experience and an active legal career to Shapiro/ Delgado.



Bonnie Shelley

It was indeed a blessed day when I met David Shapiro. After having talked with other attorneys, it became clear that, for all intents and purposes, they discounted what had happened to my elderly father. They simply saw him as too old, too frail and with not much hope of garnering sympathy or justice because of his age and condition. David was different. He listened and he believed my goal was to expose the wrongs my father endured. David took my case and he did this very thing. In addition, he won. This unexpected blessing helped in the care of my elderly mother.

Through the course of time, I have seen and experienced the kindness and generosity of character that is David Shapiro. Not only is he extremely capable and knowledgeable in the law, he wants to help people who need an advocate and who truly have experienced injury in all its forms.

David is a fine attorney, a hope to anyone seeking legal services. He may truly be one of the last of the good guys. God bless you, David.

Jim Copeland

My experiences with David Shapiro are similar to those of others who have commented. He has great knowledge of the law and consistently demonstrates professionalism and sensitivity. David is a caring and compassionate soul, a true advocate, who one can trust to effectively represent one’s case to achieve the desired outcome and he is quite successful in his efforts. I never hesitate to recommend him.

Tess D.

In late 2014, I retained David Shapiro to represent me in a rear end automobile accident in which I was injured. After our first meeting, I knew that he had vast experience in the practice of personal injury law and knew how to address my case. He took the time to understand all of the facts surrounding my case and continually called to give me updates on his progress. He ultimately negotiated a settlement in my favor and the amount was much more than I expected. David and his experienced staff were simply terrific. I was treated with respect and they were always responsive to questions and progress reports. Hire David! P.S. I am an attorney also, and wanted the best lawyer on this case. I’m so glad I found Mr. Shapiro.

Michael Lisella

Handled my accident case with utmost respect and professionalism. Showed he truly cared and did not beat around the bush. Would always recommend him to anyone i know that’s been hurt in any auto accident.

Steven K.

I always recommend David Shapiro for any personal injury needs. He never exaggerates, always gives me the straight scoop. These days finding an honest attorney with integrity is a huge asset. David has handled several matters for my family and I and I recommend him without hesitation to be your attorney as well.


We offer a free injury consultation. Our law firm services all of Sarasota County, Manatee County, as well as Tampa, Saint Petersburg, and the entire state of Florida. Contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via our interactive website. We look forward to assisting you.

(941) 954-4000

308 Cocoanut Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 749-1446

433 8th Avenue West, Palmetto, FL 34221

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