We believe it is our duty to aid in the planning for life after a serious injury, and we never cut corners in helping each person we represent.
For more than 25 years, our team has assisted individuals regain their quality of life after a serious injury. Shapiro Winthers & McGraw P.C. is proud to have been honored with a ranking in the 2017 edition of US News & World Report® – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in personal injury law. Our firm takes a different approach to helping our clients from the start by immediately connecting initial phone calls with an attorney. We provide these expert consultations to make certain we are building a complete understanding of the situation from the very first conversation.
Our law firm is further set apart by the approach we take once we are officially representing a client. Shapiro Winthers & McGraw P.C. asserts the expertise of our entire staff on individual cases, giving our clients the benefit of our firm’s collective knowledge and experience. The client experience is very personal, because it is only by knowing you personally that we can fully understand how your injuries uniquely affect you and your family. It is only by knowing you personally that we can make sure you are fairly compensated for your losses.
Quality of life means more to us than simply helping clients to secure financial settlements. We know that compensation after an injury is a critical consideration, but it is one of numerous other concerns in the aftermath of serious injuries. So, our service to each client goes above and beyond just resolving the legal case. For example, we routinely help resolve medical billing issues that arise even after a case is over; we assist with health insurance denials of necessary medical care; we ensure public benefits are preserved when appropriate, and we ensure that appropriate trusts and/or sound financial plans are set-up so that settlement funds last. We believe it is our duty to aid in the planning for life after a serious injury, and we never cut corners in helping each person we represent secure the greatest possible future.
What People Say
“Steven Shapiro really cares about his clients. No matter how busy he was, he always made time for us not just in the beginning but for almost two years. He is a caring and compassionate person. He made a very difficult time for our family a little easier. He made sure my daughter was receiving the appropriate care and we created a bond. He has a vast knowledge of both the law and head injury and has a vast knowledge of neuroscience and doctors to make sure you get the proper care.”
“I thank you sincerely for all of your efforts, for all the time and worry you put into this case. I also thank you for taking the time to come to know us and to understand who we are. I know we were not always the easiest to work with, especially given my stubbornness. In the end, there was no better team to have for our case. Thanks for being a part of our lives for this brief period, and for caring for us during this time. If there is ever anything that I can do for you, please let me know. It has been a privilege to work with you and to know you.”
“Melissa Winthers is an outstanding attorney – I will always be grateful. Before even being hired on my case Melissa spent multiple hours in research and communication at no charge. She was always available to answer questions and explained things thoroughly. I found her to be compassionate, understanding and extremely knowledgeable. Her representation is superb. My family and I will always be thankful to her.”
“Angela is a tireless, dedicated advocate who puts her clients first. She is an experienced trial lawyer who will make sure that her clients are represented with the skill and knowledge that they deserve. I would not hesitate to recommend Angela to a friend or family member.”
“Thank you and thank you again! I know that this case was not a profitable one for you but what it will enable me to do with my life is huge! And one day when you’re watching the Yankees play baseball and Max B. gets to the plate and hits a home run, you can tell your grandchildren that you helped that kid get a new bat!”
“Melissa helped me through a unique post-trial issue. I had prevailed at trial with another personal injury firm, but a few months later learned they had not properly settled my medical obligations. I was being threatened with a law suit and my former attorney refused to help me. Melissa quickly resolved each obligation to everyone’s satisfaction. I highly recommend Melissa Winthers to anyone needing an attorney who is professional, ethical, compassionate, and communicative.”
“I was Angela’s supervising attorney at PKS. She was gentle with clients and always aggressive and determined with insurance adjusters and defense counsel. She was a zealous advocate for her clients.”
“Once again, thank you so much. We are not good at showing our emotions, but we are truly happy and appreciative for all the work and effort you put into this case. You earned our respect, not only in your profession, but as an individual.”
“When I was involved in a motorcycle accident, Melissa was recommended to me, and it turned out to be very fortunate and the best decision I could have made, based on the excellent attention and obvious abilities exhibited by Melissa and her support staff. Their combined efforts resulted in a very favorable outcome and I would highly recommend Melissa Winthers to anyone who finds themselves in the unfortunate position of requiring legal help. She is definitely one of ‘the good guys!’”
“I personally worked with Angela for many years. I am well advised of her character, work ethic and experience. She is an excellent lawyer of the highest character. Angela McGraw is an incredibly creative, thoughtful, and impressive lawyer. She is a compassionate advocate and is well liked by those that work with her and against her. She is a true professional and I would be honored to have her represent me.”
“My claim, involving three different insurance companies, would not have been successfully and fairly resolved without Melissa’s and her team’s professional experience and support. Our communications were always balanced, reasonable, accurate, fair and within time expectations. Possible outcomes and necessary work and preparation were always reasonably described. I could not have met required legal deadlines, nor achieved the resulting fair outcome on my own. Do I recommend her? ABSOLUTELY!”
“I am so thankful to have been represented by Melissa Winthers. Being in my car accident was overwhelming. Doctor visits, physical therapy, and taking care of claims became a full-time job. Melissa took a lot of the burden from me. She was always there for me. She returned my phone calls promptly and was very knowledgeable. I could worry about getting better and not worry about insurance claims, bills, etc. I would highly recommend Melissa Winthers.”
“I was involved in a life altering accident. Melissa Winthers was my legal representative. Throughout my case Melissa kept me well informed, stood by me through numerous hurdles, and was a tremendous support when I needed encouraging. My case recently settled, and I am very pleased with the outcome due to her hard work and commitment.”
“Angela McGraw is an incredibly creative, thoughtful, and impressive lawyer. She is a compassionate advocate and is well liked by those that work with her and against her. She is a true professional and I would be honored to have her represent me.”
“My parent was involved in a pedestrian/car accident and was incapacitated. There were five insurance companies involved and Melissa handled each Insurance company differently and according to the way I requested. She acted as my advisor with some insurers and my attorney of record with others. There was a lawsuit and arbitration and she worked with me in a practical way to resolve these conflicts. I highly recommend her in dealing with insurance companies and the Medicare bureaucracy!”
“Angela is an excellent attorney and advocate. She always serves her client’s interests while keeping her eye on the overall purpose of our legal system. She is approachable and available when needed. She is willing to listen to opposing views with an open mind. She litigates her case in a respectful manner and always shows professionalism and high ethical behavior. She is an asset to the Denver legal community.”
“I was in a horrific car accident in 2011 and sustained significant injuries. A well-respected attorney friend of mine highly recommended Melissa Winthers. My case was very complicated with multiple carriers and I was trying to continue to run my company while getting medical treatment. Melissa put my medical needs above everything else. She represented me with all her might… ethically, professionally, and compassionately and she prevailed in all aspects of my case.”
“I’ve had a number of cases with Angela in the past, including trials, and I have found her be very capable, and she has always exhibited the highest ethical standards.”
“I have known Melissa Winthers for over seven years and have utilized her services in several capacities, each one quite unique. She helped me through a personal injury case, and also helped me with a business matter. I am always impressed with her work. Before taking on a case, she does her due diligence and makes sure she has all the facts.”
“Angela McGraw is an incredibly creative, thoughtful, and impressive lawyer. She is a compassionate advocate. She is a true professional.”
“Melissa is a well-rounded, compassionate person who clearly loves what she does. She is an advocate for her clients. She is also the president of the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado, and I feel she is an excellent advocate and resource for anyone who has personally experienced a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI), or has a loved one affected by it.”
“Angela FIRST LISTENED to how the accident transformed my life. I found clarity as to the stakes and confidence in a fair resolution. Facing the financial, physical and emotional issues from simply being at the wrong place at the wrong time is a tough pill to swallow. Angela helped me put all that behind me by making sure my health issues were resolved by top notch doctors. The team made sure my potential future issues from a bad accident were part of my settlement too.”
“I highly recommend Melissa. Maneuvering through the legal world when you have been injured is very confusing. Melissa will make sure you are taken care of medically, and compensated for your losses. She is honest and fair.”
“I just wanted to express my sincere appreciation for the excellent manner in which you handled my case. You were a pleasure to work with and I am very satisfied with my settlement. I think the excellent outcome was largely due to your efforts. Since my prognosis is uncertain, the financial cushion you helped me obtain has given me some peace of mind as well as more options.”
“I was fortunate enough to have Melissa Winthers as my representative after a life altering, and in hindsight very near life ending motor vehicle accident in December of 2005. There really is no way to express and denote the many hours of personal and professional care I received. Let me assure you that I can attest based on my professional expertise and personal experience it is simply not possible to find better counsel in the state of Colorado. I was indeed fortunate to have an ally and an advocate in Ms. Winthers, for her expertise, compassion, understanding and great patience.”
“Steven’s advice and handling of my brother’s traumatic head injury case was very professional and helped me immensely in understanding my options to bring my brother’s case to settlement. He has been very responsive and showed a high level of sincere interest and understanding of what my brother was going through due to this injury. Steve got the job done.”
“Being in a car accident, my life as I knew it being totally devastated, sustaining a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), I felt lost and vulnerable. I was very grateful that I had been referred to Melissa Winthers. Her knowledge, professional and caring character are exceptional! She was there for me 7 yrs later while experiencing an issue stemming from my TBI. Honesty, integrity, and trust are an integral part of her character. I would refer Melissa Winthers to anybody involved in an accident; especially with a TBI.”
“It is rare to find a person with so much honesty and integrity, that is compassionate and a fighter for her beliefs in the legal system and justice. I would highly recommend Angela to anyone! She does not give up.”
“Steve is a very caring and compassionate attorney, who will review your case over and over and take the time to know you and your family’s concerns inside and out. Steve will find the perfect expert that fits the needs for each individual case. He understands brain injured victims and will fight for their needs.”
“Melissa, is dedicated, smart and hard working. More important than all of that, she is genuine. She cares about her clients, their lives, and works hard to help them. Melissa is a very talented litigation attorney. She is committed to her profession and provides aggressive and thorough representation.”
Knowledge & Expertise
The expertise of our attorneys, and their willingness to go the extra mile for clients, is routinely recognized by colleagues in the legal field and by the insurance companies we often oppose in trial. Equally as important, our attorneys know and understand the medicine, something which is crucial in the area of personal injury, and we regularly participate in medical seminars, observe various medical procedures, and meet with physicians to better understand what our clients are going through. We cannot overstate the importance of working with an attorney that understands how specific injuries impact the lives of the individual and his or her family in a personal injury case. One of the many things that sets us apart from other personal injury law firms is our deep understanding of traumatic injuries and treatment options. We are dedicated to staying abreast of the latest research related to traumatic brain injuries (TBI), spine and spinal cord injuries, and other serious physical injuries. In staying up-to-date on the latest diagnoses and treatments related to the serious injuries suffered by our clients, we have come to know some of the most qualified medical professionals working in the specific areas our clients most often need. Expertise of this nature is a significant benefit to our clientele.
Our commitment to staying on top of the most recent medical advances complements our knowledge of the law and results in exceptional representation and client experience. It allows us to offer inclusive assistance to clients who have suffered serious injuries, working with each individual and his or her family to help anticipate and understand the impact of symptoms on work and personal life, and evaluate available treatment options. Our multi-disciplinary approach to serious injury cases is intended to help clients make the most complete recovery possible. We believe it is our responsibility to help individuals obtain quality medical and supportive care by understanding as much as possible about specific injuries and securing the compensation necessary to make treatment possible.
Meet Our Attorneys
Every member of the Shapiro Winthers & McGraw P.C. team has been inspired by their life experiences in so profound a way as to dedicate their professional talents to helping people, and the combination of individual passions and professional accomplishments truly distinguishes our level of service from other law firms. Our team members know, often very personally, the devastating consequences of catastrophic personal injury. We’re committed to helping people, particularly those who may be otherwise unable, take on powerful interests at odds with their pursuit of justice. We establish a strong foundation for success when we take on a case; in fact, a hallmark of our representation is our approach to preparing each case under the presumption that it will require a trial. In the event anyone attempts to diminish or deny a claim, our team is prepared to fight for a fair resolution. Creating a solid groundwork for each case is critically important when attempting to overcome the many hurdles between a client and the compensation and care they deserve. Our attorneys and staff will go to exceptional lengths to retrieve records and testimony to evidence a contested claim. Our clients are never treated as a number or statistic at our firm. When we take a case, we take it because we believe in its merit, and we will leverage our collective expertise toward achieving the best possible resolution.