A Tribute to Marvin Shapiro



LInk to article in the Daily Journal

CAAA is Deeply Saddened By The Loss of One of Our Finest

Marvin Shapiro, Past CAAA President, 1982-1983


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Stan Levine.
Marvin was one of my mentors. Such a good man and such a wise man.  He will be sorely missed.  I just saw an old movie from 1991 where marvin played a doctor and got screen credits.  He taught my wife how to keep a spoon on her nose.  This is a sad day for my wife and i.   I will be there tomorrow.   My prayers for his family and his friends and partners, who all loved him , as did i.

stan levine.


Alan and Harold Wax

Marvin was a Tremendous Mentor, a Brother, a Comedian, a Golfer(?), a Wonderful Lawyer, the best MC and a Great Friend. He was always a great joy to be with and just watch in marvel. His absence with be felt with great pain. We love you Marvin, Alan and Harold Wax


Larry Lerner

It was 40 years ago this month that I was hired by Rose, Klein and Marias as a new associate. At the annual Holiday party for clients, I made my first trek into the LA office, since I had been interviewed and hired by Al Stein in San Bernardino. Marv took the time to meet me and show me around the office. I saw my name at the bottom of the list of attorneys at the front entrance to the firm's offices and how shinny my name looked compared to the others. Marv explained that this phenomenon was due to the fact that my name was so low on the door that the custodian's buffing machine would shine it up each time he buffed the hallway floor. I never knew if that was true or just Marv being Marv. He never greeted me with a handshake, but rather a hug, and a 'how are you Larry' and 'good to see you'. That was true while I worked for the firm and after I went out on my own. I never heard an unkind word from him, and after I retired 3 years ago and later heard of his illness, I called to offer my good wishes to him and hopes for a full recovery. His reply was a simple 'thanks for your call and l'll be fine'. That's the last time I spoke with him, and know from the 100's of attendees at his funeral this week, and the outpouring of only good about him, that his life was full and meaningful, and that we will are miss him dearly. He was the ultimate mensch. He truly was Marvelous Marvin Shapiro. larry lerner.


Barry Hinden
How will a Marias Award dinner ever be the same? When you hear the phrase "A Giant Among Giants" they were talking about Marv!
Marvin was the Mentor to all of us. In my 40 yrs of practicing WC, I learned more from the 3 M's of CAAA. Marvin, Merv & Mike.
Now 2 of them are gone but will forever be remembered!
Marv, thanks for your help & dedication as a teacher, role model for us and an advocate for the injured and disabled workers of California. We love and miss you! Your friend, Barry H.


Winn Parker
Dear Tessie and Jim Butler: I will do a dedication to him on my Global Program Internet-Radio Program Parker Pathways.

(Law School Member of CAAA) I met him twice and he gave me a manuscript of a law documentation for me to release when I felt the time was right.  Thank you for telling me about his passing.

Gilbert Katen

Marv was truly a gentleman and a scholar and he will be sorely missed by all in the workers' comp. community. It was always a pleasure to be professionally engaged with him, both as an attorney and as a workers' compensation judge.


Bob Reiter

To me, Marvin has always been larger than life, the quintessential applicant attorney with a respected law firm. He had that certain glow of life that you could feel in his presence.

Marvin was a great comedian, because to be funny, you have to be intelligent which is what he was. He really could have put his show on the road although I don't think he really wanted to give up his day job at which we could all say he was extremely successful.

I knew Marvin before he sported his Grizzly Adams beard. He was a good-looking fellow, although he always came to the Workers' Compensation Appeals Boards looking quite dapper with his colorful bow ties. He was one of the few who could look good in a bow tie as I think it fit his persona.

I, for one, are among many who will miss Marvin. His sudden exit has left a gaping hole.

My thoughts are with him and his RK&M colleagues.


Stewart Reubens

I know you knew Marv.

I sent this to my attorneys.

Thought I would share with you ~-~-~-


Hi there


I am guessing that none of you knew this attorney.

What a great man he was!

I have known him since 1990.

I first met him when attending  the Nuts and Bolts of WC class which he co-taught with his partner Ron Feenberg at USC  for CAAA in S.Cal. It was the gold standard of WC training classes.


I am sending you this email for a few reasons

One of the reasons is that I considered him somewhat of a mentor on how to conduct oneself as a lawyer.

I have never even come close to modeling myself after him.  

He was the model of how to conduct yourself personally and professionally.


I have long told people that it takes years to develop a reputation and seconds to destroy it

He was a Zealous Advocate for his clients but was never mean, rude, impolite. Always gracious and trustworthy


There are only a few people in the industry I have had true admiration for. Marv was on top of the list and there was a large gap between him and the next person below him.


As far as I am concerned, he was a gentleman, he was gracious, polite and definitely unique!

He was also a comedian and I believe an actor

He grew up in the Santa Rosa area. I believe his family were sheep farmers

His brother was a lawyer in Santa Rosa   


I see him once a year at CAAA only to say hello

Nevertheless, even though he didn't know it, I held him in the highest regard.


The article from WC Central below only shows me that the author knew of his history but not the man.


I for one can say for the first time in my career that the industry has lost a great man.


Those who know me will understand that this kind of praise does not come easily..   

Nadine Cain

I will miss Marvin as he was one of the funniest guys I knew and always was such a kind and loving man! He was a brilliant lawyer and teacher to all in the workers comp industry. But most of all, he was a friend and surely will be missed by so many including myself. I will especially treasure all the memories we had together at the conventions! Nadine Cain


Melissa Brown

I first met Marvin as a new attorney and a student in his workers'comp class at USC, which later evolved into CAAA-U. I had never met anyone like him; a combination of intellect, compassion and with a big dose of zany humor. At one point in the class, he discussed a death case which occurred during a sex act. Feeling uncomfortable, I wrote him a letter which he said he kept. He related this to me in his gentle, teasing way, years later and we had a good laugh about it.
When I joined the CAAA board in 1988, he made me feel welcome. Imagine my nervousness being the only woman (aside from Karen Locke), and young at that, at the first board meeting with all of these legends: Gene Leviton, Merv Glow, Barry Satzman, Abe Levy, Mike Rucka, and more. Marvin and Bud Katzman blew my mind when, seated next to them, they were exchanging recipes. It demonstrated that no matter how high the stakes were for our clients, we still needed to take time to smell the roses.
I had a dream about Marvin. That we were all at a black tie dinner and he showed up in a purple evening gown. It seemed perfectly natural and he received many compliments. Later, when I was presented with a past president's gift from CAAA, there was Marvin in a purple dress, headband and panty hose, making the presentation. He was stunning. Of course, we couldn't let it pass, so at his Marias dinner we presented him with the framed panty hose, a bottle of clear nail polish and an engraved note: To Marvin, an honorary member of the women's CAAAcus. May all your runs be above the knee." It was a hoot.
Over the years that passed, I had the privilege of not only being part of legal and political brainstorming with him, learning from him and just loving to be in the room with him. We collaborated on some high jinks together, most notably the "Lord of the Dance" production for Emmett O'Boyle's Marias dinner. Marvin was of course the Lord, complete with his tap shoes. And later, when he was ill, to help with his masterful production of Les Miserables.
He never complained, he was always there for his beloved wife, family, partners, co-workers, colleagues and friends. There will never be another Uncle Marvin. It was a privilege to know him.


Karen Locke

I am very fortunate to have had Marvin Shapiro come into my life in 1987 when I became the Executive Director of CAAA. I was also fortunate to be able to say goodbye to Marvin in a text a few days before he left us. I decided to share that text with you because Marvin Shapiro is a man we must keep alive in our hearts, in our ethics., in his dedication to protecting the rights an dignity of injured workers, and most of all in our love for our own family because that is what Marvin would want.

How do you say goodbye to your hero? Marvin you know how much you mean to me, not only for all the fun we had with the Marias' dinners but for all the times you just made me laugh. I used to say "that only Marvin could get away with saying certain things at CAAA Board meetings. If anyone else had said the same thing, everyone would have started fighting". It must be your delivery kiddo. You know I still have your Marias' speech and I can only hope that Connor will live his life one tenth as honorably as you have. I thank you for what you have taught me, I thank you for your support, I thank you for your wonderful love of Daryl, but most of all I thank you for coming into my life otherwise I would never have known the kindest man on earth. Your picture with Mandy will stay in my office until they kick me out of here. There will always be a piece of my heart that belongs to you until I take my final breath; but know when that happens I am going to find you and we are going to put on one hell of a production. Marvin, I love you my hero.

A few hours later I received a text of four words that I will never forget and I will cherish them forever. The four words were: Luv ya so much



Robert Tam

I first met Mr. Shapiro when I attended the "SB899 University" series of night classes at UCLA in 2007 sponsored by our CAAA. Mr. Shapiro was on one of the panels. I was deeply impressed by his delivery of materials that were easy to understand and clear to the point. I had the opportunity to talk to him after class and I told him it would be nice if I could hear more of his lectures again. He answered that he was getting old and would probably cut down on his teaching. He gave me lots of encouragement on going through my law school, and I will forever be grateful to him.