Tad S. Shapiro completed his undergraduate work at the University of California at Los Angeles obtaining his B.A. degree in 1977. He attended and graduated from Hastings College of Law, University of California in 1977. 

He was admitted to the California bar in 1980. He is a partner in the firm, Shapiro, Galvin, Shapiro, Piasta & Moran. He has been an instructor through the Sonoma State University, Attorney Assistant Program from 1983 to the present. He is a member of the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America and California Trial Lawyers Association. 

He is a member of the Redwood Empire Trial Lawyers Association serving as President in 1987. He has served on the County of Sonoma panel of arbitrators and as Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Pro Tem from 1992 to the present. He is on the American Arbitration Association's panel of personal injury arbitrators/mediators.

"Alternative dispute resolution provides an opportunity for a win/win resolution of litigation by providing the parties with their day in court in a cost effective manner, or the guidance of an experienced mediator in resolving a dispute. Resolution allows the parties to move on, without litigation or potential litigation and the uncertainties of trial hanging over their heads." - Tad S. Shapiro