Law Offices of Marc. L. Shapiro, P.A. - May 2020

May 2020

720 Goodlette Rd. N, Suite 304, Naples, FL 34102 •

A Commitment to Community We’re Donating $10,000 in Gift Cards

“What am I supposed to do now?”

“In addition to helping our clients, we also want to help our community as a whole.”

This is a question many of us have been asking ourselves. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our entire world. We’ve been forced to adapt in unexpected ways in order to keep getting through each day. There is a lot of uncertainty, and I have been counting my blessings each day. Though we have our own challenges, my family is safe and healthy. There are many people right now who are not so fortunate. As a personal injury attorney, my drive is to help others. That’s what we do every day at the office. At the moment, there are so many people who need help in different ways that I find myself overwhelmed. How can I make a difference right now? It’s a really tall order, so I looked seriously at what my staff and I are capable of doing right now. First, The LawOffices of Marc L. Shapiro, P.A. will remain open during the pandemic. We recently upgraded our computer infrastructure with solid-state drives, cloud-based client management software, and video conferencing workflows. This means we’re able to stay connected to our clients and continue to provide high-quality legal services. Even during this global crisis, we want our clients to know that their cases still matter. They haven’t been forgotten. We will continue to do everything we can to keepmoving their cases forward, and we’re available to help anyone else who is injured during this time. I’m also able to help my staff by staying open. I know our office has only become as successful as it is thanks to their hard work and passion. My staff members are the most valuable resources I have at the firm. While businesses, organizations, and other law firms are laying off their employees, we at The Law Offices of Marc L. Shapiro, P.A. will continue to support our workforce. We will keep all of

our employees on payroll because of our values: loyalty, accountability, transparency, and a commitment to excellence to our clients and employees.

In addition to helping our clients, we also want to help our community as a whole. The statewide stay-at-home order has helped to flatten the curve and reduce the transmission of COVID-19, but it has also caused restaurants and bars to lose business. Many of these establishments have been forced to terminate employees or shut down. To support these establishments, we have committed to purchasing $10,000 in gift cards from locally owned bars and restaurants. We hope to encourage other professional services and businesses to help support our community in this time of uncertainty. These gift cards, purchased from restaurants that are still open for delivery or carryout, are being donated to first responders. Our first responders, including doctors, nurses, police officers, and hospital staff, are on the front lines of this pandemic. They put their lives on the line to keep us safe. I feel like the least we can do is make sure they get a hot meal at the end of the day. A number of the gift cards we’ve purchased have also gone to families in need. Many families in our community depend on school lunch programs to get their children a good meal. School closures have eliminated this option and left many families in a difficult position. It’s our hope that these gift cards can be used by local families to keep their children fed during this difficult time. How we respond in times of crisis says a lot about who we are, not just as individuals but as a community and a culture. My whole staff and I are committed to doing what we can to bring out the best in ourselves and our community during this crisis. Though we may feel powerless at times, we cannot give up. There are things we can do right now to help each other and come out of this stronger than before.

-Marc L. Shapiro

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