Leaders in the Law: Shannon Schott, chair of the JBA Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Committee

Shannon Schott is chair of the Jacksonville Bar Association Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Committee.

by: Max Marbut Associate Editor

“I encourage new lawyers to find their passion in the law and pursue it.”

Who or what inspired you to become a lawyer? In my childhood, I loved watching courtroom dramas. When I finally had an opportunity to observe court, I was totally in awe and knew I wanted to be a trial lawyer.

How do you relate your undergraduate degree to your practice of law? I received a bachelor of arts in political science with a certification in public affairs and a minor in classical studies. I genuinely wanted to serve in public office. My undergraduate degree taught me so much about people and how to connect even when I don’t agree with their opinion or lifestyle.

How did you decide your practice area? My father is a chiropractor and testified as an expert witness in civil personal injury trials, and every internship between high school and passing the Bar was in personal injury law, which I love. The end goal for me was civil trial, but the only way for a new graduate to have their own cases in litigation is criminal law. I volunteered at the Office of the Public Defender just to have access to a courtroom. I loved practicing criminal law, specifically juvenile defense, and now I get to do both.

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