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Ethen R. Shapiro - Shareholder

Ethen R. Shapiro


University of Western Ontario, B.A., 1997
Florida State University College of Law, J.D., 2003, Honors
  • Journal of Transnational Law and Policy
    • Editor

Bar Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
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Ethen R. Shapiro - Shareholder

Ethen is a Shareholder in the firm's Litigation Group. His focus is in medical malpractice, hospital liability, defense of nursing home and long-term care facilities, professional liability, premises liability, and handling a diverse array of personal injury claims. Since joining the firm, Ethen has defended hospitals, physicians, nursing homes, and pharmaceutical companies at the local, state and national levels.

Ethen has been active in professional activities, including service as program chair, faculty member and invited speaker with the Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) Medical Liability and Healthcare Law Committee. His community activities include serving on the Foundation board for the Lion's Eye Institute for Transplant & Research. Locally, he has served as acting chief coordinator for the Hillsborough County High School Mock Trial Competition and as the youth basketball coach. In law school, Ethen received the Pro Bono Service Award for dedication and service to those unable to afford legal services, as well as the prestigious American Jurisprudence (“Book”) Award for excellence in Intellectual Property.

Outside the office, Ethen enjoys spending time with his family, playing guitar, golf, hockey and basketball, and traveling in his spare time.

Honors & Recognitions

  • 2016 Legal Elite - Florida Trend
  • SL2018_gray

Professional Recognition

  • Florida Trend  Legal Elite (2011, 2015-2016, 2019-2020)
  • Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star (2010-2013)
  • Florida Super Lawyers (2014-2020)
  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite - Up and Comers (2014)

Published Decisions

  • Metz v. Wyeth LLC,
    830 F.Supp.2d 1291 2011 WL 5826005 8:10-CV-2658-T-27AEP
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division. November 18, 2011
  • Metz v. Wyeth, LLC,
    Not Reported in F.Supp.2d 2011 WL 5024448 8:10-CV-2658-T-27AEP
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division. October 20, 2011
  • Metz v. Wyeth LLC,
    --- F.Supp.2d ---- 2012 WL 1058870 8:10-CV-2658-T-27AEP
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division. March 28, 2012

Community & Civic Affiliations

  • Leadership Tampa (Class of 2017)

Professional Associations

  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Medical Liability and Health Care Law Committee
      • Program Chair 2014
      • Program Vice-Chair 2013
  • Florida Hospital Association

Publications & Presentations

  • "Anatomy of a Pediatric Medical Malpractice Lawsuit from Injury to Verdict," presentation given at Pediatric Hospital Medicine 2014, Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Rive Kamat, Steven Vinick, co-presenters). July 2014.
  • "Tips for Young Litigators: Establishing Good Relations with Your Claims Professional," panelist at the Medical Liability and Health Care Law Seminar, New Orleans, Louisiana. March 2012.
  • "A Lawyer's Update: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Litigation." (J. Logan Murphy, Jeffrey Wilcox, co-authors). October 2011. For The Defense, 53, 41.
  • "Helpful Hints and Practical Pointers for Young Litigators: Recruiting, Preparing and Deposing Expert Witnesses," panelist at the Medical Liability and Health Care Law Seminar, San Francisco, California. March 2011.