You get what you pay for. Attorney Shapiro does not charge a fee. Be sure of your needs and goals before signing on. He handled my Federal Comp case for almost two years. He was extremely difficult to reach and sent scanty email responses saying either "later" or "will review the file and get back to you", none of which ever answered the actual questions. One or more weeks would go by before I would get another inadquate response that never addressed the initial question. I would later get emails telling me to do something that was already completed weeks prior, or I would get redundant emails with "new" information that I had previuosly updated HIM on. Phone calls were never scheduled - they would come at bizarre times of the day between 7 AM and 9 PM, any day of the week - Sun through Sat - with unintelligible answering machine messages if I was unable to reach the phone in time. I would receive no email notificiation that I should expect a call or that we were to have an important phone conversation. In most cases, the phone calls were untimely, on the fly, rushed, disjointed, on speaker phone causing terrible echos with all kinds of distraction in the background, and filled with unrelated information about his private life including his Florida Condo and his plumbing problems at home. I am not kidding. The information generally discussed about my case was as redundant as the email responses which never answered actual questions I posed. He kept putting off the medical aspect of my case and needs.
Upon initial accpetance of the case, he agreed to handle all aspects of it. Months later when time was running out on an Appeal, he refused to handle a difficult portion of the case forcing me to file my own Appeal. Fortunately, I was actually successful. HOWEVER, after the Appeal Board ordered OWCP to make a correction and new Decision was made on the issue, Shapiro Appealed the new decision that had corrected the OWCP error in my favor. Again, this was on a portion of the case he had previously refused to tackle. His action then created a REPEAL of my successful correction and put the entire issue right back to the beginning two years prior. I had to start all over again to try to correct the issue - once again on my own. This remains in New Appeal all over again. He then sent me a letter of resignation from his position as my Counsel stating that the distance between us was too far for proper communications. However, his advertisements insist that he will help anyone NATIONWIDE and had supported my case over the 1000 mile distance for all that time until he made a mess and I questioned his reasoning. After making his error on the Appeal and quitting, not following up with the medical aspect of the case (the most important part), not answering my questions nor keeping me advised of communications or activities on a timely basis, he left me with several scheduled phone hearings and a stressful mess to deal with on my own.
Attorney Shapiro will not charge you unless he wins a financial settlement from OWCP. At that point, he takes his cut. My case involved both medical and financial complications. I think it was too much for him and he was looking for a fast, easy settlement. This is his focus and goal. If you need edical attention, have case complications or need someone you can actually talk to for proper guidance, I advise caution. If you just want a financial Schedule Award payout, he'll work towards that end so he gets paid and you get some money.
My experience was significantly less than satisfactory. This report simply states the actual facts of what occurred which shows the lack of detail oriented focus that is necessary to handle a case involving more than a simple pay out award. Good luck.