Marc L. Shapiro, P.A. - October 2019

October 2019

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

Real People, Real Problems

Meet C. Randall Austin

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few months ago, we welcomed a new attorney to the practice. C. Randall Austin joined us in early August after running his own practice for 30 years in Parkland, Florida. He’s had a long, successful

“... these are real people who need help getting through one of the hardest times in their lives.”

career with a number of victories that really caught my attention. I’m thrilled to have Randall at the practice working on the personal injury side, and I’m confident he’ll do great things for our clients. -Marc Shapiro

Just one year after graduating from law school, I started my own firm in south Florida with a partner. I’ve been practicing law for over 30 years doing commercial litigation as well as personal injury. My wife, Ana Bolena, who happens to be a famous actress and celebrity from Columbia, known as Ana Bolena Meza Austin, and I are at a point in our lives where we’re ready to downsize and move to the place where we’ll be spending the rest of our lives together. We chose Naples because I really enjoy the people. I’m from the Midwest, up in Wheeling West Virginia, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and on the Ohio border. I really liked being around other Midwestern transplants. Everyone I’ve met, whether I’m having lunch or just out and about, has been incredibly friendly. It’s a great area where I look forward to settling down. After choosing Naples, I met with Marc Shapiro and had the opportunity to come to the firm. From the first time I visited the practice, I knew this was a place where I could fit in. As I made this lateral move in my career, I wanted to be among like- minded people. The team here is encouraging, positive, and supportive, which is so important when you’re at a firm of this size. You don’t want to come to a new place feeling nervous about what the future will hold, and I could tell this practice was a good setting. In addition to the great team, I’ve also met our awesome clients who have new and challenging cases. It’s great to wake up in the morning and be excited to come into work. I look forward to calling Naples home and bringing my skills to the practice.

When I graduated college with a degree in business accounting, my initial thought was to be a tax lawyer. People would always need tax help, and I knew that would provide a steady stream of income. However, during my first year at law school, I was very

successful in oral advocacy, court advocacy, and trial advocacy. Those aren’t areas tax lawyers tend to work in.

I was drawn to cases where there was an emotional, human element. Personal injury was where I could do the most good. I wanted to work with real people who were struggling with real problems. This isn’t to say taxes aren’t real problems, but the cases we see in personal injury are packed with emotion. There’s malpractice, product liability, car accidents, dog bites, and any number of complex cases that fall under personal injury. They aren’t numbers and figures; these are real people who need help getting through one of the hardest times in their lives. It’s a privilege to be there for them.

-C. Ra nda ll Austi n

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