Nicholas A. Shannin

Nicholas A. Shannin: Attorney with Bennett Legal Group, P.A. AV stamp icon
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NICHOLAS A. SHANNIN concentrates his practice in appellate and trial assistance in all civil litigation matters, including state and federal appeals, family law appeals, commercial and insurance coverage cases, post-trial motion practice, and writs of certiorari. Additionally, Nick assists attorneys with their civil and appellate fee issues as an expert witness and as a Certified Circuit and Appellate Court Mediator. Nick also assists governing boards as a member of the
National Association of Parliamentarians.

Nick was raised in Kissimmee and graduated from Osceola High School prior to receiving degrees from Rice University and the University of Florida College of Law. Nick lives in West Orange County with his wife, Carol, and children Jake and Anna. The Shannin family enjoys scouting, soccer and traveling to Gainesville for Gator games.

Professional Memberships and Activity

• Member, Orange County Bar Association Executive Council, 2007-present;

• Officer 2010 - present

• Orange County Bar Lawrence Matthews Professionalism Award recipient, 2005

• Trustee, Orange County Legal Aid Society Board, 2004-present

• Member, Florida Bar Board of Governors, Young Lawyer Section, 2005-2006

• President, Orange County Bar Young Lawyers Section, 2003-2004

• Member, Osceola County Bar Association, 1999-Present

• Member Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section - Executive Committee 2011-2014

Pro Bono Activity

• President, Orange County Legal Aid Society, 2008-2009

• Judge, Orange County Teen Court 2001-2004

• Coach, West Orange High School Mock Trial and Moot Court Teams

• Chair, Great Oaks Village (Orphanage) Campaign;

• Holidays in January (Coalition for Homeless Children Gift Drive);

• Law Week (multiple children-related events)

• Guardian Ad Litem, over 50 children represented 1994-2008

• Cubmaster, Pack 6, St. Lukes' United Methodist Church, 2008-2011

• President, West Orange Habitat for Humanity, 2005-2007

(Board of Directors 2000-2012)

Prior Professional Experience

• The Carlyle Appellate Law Firm, Shareholder, 2006-2007

• McDonough, Wieland, Shannin & Gumula, 1994-2006


• 1994, Juris Doctor with Honors, University of Florida

-UF Moot Court; "Final Four" finalist; First Place Florida Bar

-UF Trial Team; "Final Four" finalist

-Vice President, Law School Student Government

• 1990, B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, Rice University


• The Record (Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section): "A Discussion of Rule 9.700, et seq., and the Expanding Role of Appellate Mediation in Florida," 2007

• The Briefs (Orange County Bar Association): dozens of articles, including "A

Review of the Availability of Interlocutory Appellate Relief" 2009

• The Pro Bono Champion (Legal Aid Society): "Equal Justice Comes To Orlando," Vol. 2, No. 1/Fall 2009

• Journal of Law & Public Policy (University of Florida): "Converging Theories:

An Analysis of the Future of Medical Monitoring," Vol. 7, Issue 1(Fall 1995)

Florida Trend - Florida Legal Elite - 2012.

Certified Circuit and Appellate Court Mediator, 2006.

(Board Certified Appellate Practice Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education)

Areas of Practice (18)

  • Appellate
  • Civil Litigation
  • Mediation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitration
  • Child Advocacy
  • Federal Civil Practice
  • Election, Campaign and Political Law
  • Election Law
  • Legislative Lobbying
  • Legislative Redistricting
  • Voting Rights
  • Torts
  • Toxic Torts
  • Zoning, Planning and Land Use
  • Land Use Litigation
  • Family Law
  • Insurance Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
407-734-4559  Phone
407-209-1006  Fax
University Attended:
Rice University, B.A.
Law School Attended:
University of Florida, J.D.
Year of First Admission:
2010 Southern District of Florida, 2011 Northern District of Florida, U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit; 11th Circuit; Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court; 1995, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; 1994, Florida
Orange County Bar Association (Member, Executive Committee, 2007-Present, Officer 2011-Present); President, Young Lawyer Section, 2003-2004; President, Legal Aid Society, 2008-2009); Osceola County Bar Association; The Florida Bar (Member, Board of Governors, Young Lawyer Division, 2005-2006; Appellate Practice Section, Executive Committee (2011-2014).
Birth Information:
Atlanta, Georgia, May 26, 1969
( Board Certified Appellate Practice Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education )
Payment Information:
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

Peer Reviews

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Orlando, Florida

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