Bernard F. Walsh

Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh

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(941) 752-7200
Lakewood Ranch
(941) 907-3088
(941) 907-3088
(863) 494-0122
(941) 485-3777
(941) 485-3777
Pt. Charlotte
(941) 485-3777
  St. Petersburg
(727) 381-9200
Sun City Center
(813) 642-8284
(813) 642-8284
Toll Free
1 (855) 577-7711


American Trial Lawyers Association
has listed Bernard F. Walsh in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the state of Florida.



"Obtained the LARGEST playground injury settlement in Forida"

"Obtained one of Forida's LARGEST motorcycle settlements"

Mr. Walsh is a member of the Melvin M. Belli Society. The Melvin M. Belli society is a group of lawyers who have distinguished themselves as trial lawyers and who are dedicated to the principles of education on an international basis.  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 are invited to join.  Mr. Walsh is a member of the National Advisory Board of APITLA and is Nationally Board Certified in Civil Trial/Trucking Litigation. 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, they are working today to make America's highways a safer place.

The National Advisory Board members of APITLA include lawyers 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. Their 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 the 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.

Professionally, “Bernie” (as he prefers to be called) has been listed in Avvo, an attorney rating site, as Superb. LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell, an attorneys rating publication, has rated Mr. Walsh as very high legal ability and ethical standards. Mr. Walsh is listed in National Trial Lawyers Association as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and was inducted into Southern Trial Lawyers Association. He has also won the largest playground recovery, one of the top three motorcycle recoveries, and the second largest daycare center recovery in the State of Florida. He is also a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum is a group of attorneys who have achieved career case successes that include multi-million dollar recoveries, settlements and/or verdicts.

Mr. Walsh is the Founder, President and Lecturer at the Manasota Trial Lawyers Board.  MTLB is composed of some of the foremost trial lawyers in Manatee and Sarasota Counties and provides lawyers with the information and professional assistance needed to serve clients successfully and protect the democratic values inherent in the civil justice system.

His lectures have been published in legal journals of The Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America and the Southern Trial Lawyers Association.

Bernard F. Walsh graduated from the University of South Florida before receiving his law degree from Cumberland School of Law in 1978. During law school, he was selected to serve as a research clerk and intern for a Federal Judge and the U.S. Attorney's Office. He was awarded The National Book Awards for Constitutional Law and Professional Responsibility during law school.

Mr. Walsh devoted the next three years to trial work for the State of Florida. This provided him with the opportunity to concentrate on his trial abilities, with numerous high profile trials concerning serious felony crimes. Since 1982, he has exclusively practiced personal injury law and helped accident victims in and beyond Sarasota and Manatee Counties of Florida.

Bernard Walsh is firmly committed to community service. He is an active member of the Manatee and Sarasota Sheriff's Advisory Board, the Florida Highway Patrol Advisory Council and the One Hundred Club for Law Enforcement. His volunteer efforts to help all levels of law enforcement have benefited both private 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, American Inns of Court and State College of Florida. He has also presented at Southern Trial Lawyers Association and the Florida Justice Association. These lectures include presentations on how to present evidence to both a jury and insurance companies. Mr. Walsh is a board member with the Florida Justice Association and APITLA.  He is also a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association, American Association of Justice, Southern Trial Lawyers Association, Sarasota County Bar Association, Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, the National Trial Lawyers Association, Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association, Insurance Bad Faith Trial Lawyers Association, the Florida Bar - Trial Lawyers Section, the American Bar Association.