Nicholas Shannin, OCBA President

Nicholas A. Shannin a Board Certified Appellate Attorney, licensed to practice law in Florida since graduating with honors from the University of Florida School of Law in 1994.  Nick received his undergraduate degree from Rice University in Houston, Texas, graduating from Rice with a double major in Political Science and Sociology.  Before receiving his Texas-sized degree, Nick graduated from Osceola High School in nearby Kissimmee, Florida.  He remains a proud Osceola Kowboy (yes, spelled with a “K”) to this day.

Nick has a passion for the law and for organizations that help people in need.  He has been a long-time board member of both the West Orange Habitat for Humanity and the Legal Aid Society of Orange County.  He is a past president of the board for both organizations.  Nick has also been honored by the Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section as the receipient of its “Pro-Bono Attorney of the Year” award, in large part for his work with the Legal Aid Society.

Nick has been reviewed by his peers with Martindale-Hubbel’s highest ranking for ability and ethics, “AV-Preeminent.”  Nick has also been recognized by Florida Trend’s Legal Elite and Florida SuperLawyers lists, each recognizing the top 2% and top 5% of Florida attorneys respectively, for each of the last five years.  Nick has received that Bar’s Lawrence Matthew’s Young Lawyer Professionalism Award.  This year, Nick was selected to be in the SuperLawyers “The Top 100” list, which recognizes the best one hundred lawyers in the state of Florida.  Nick currently serves as the President of the Orange County Bar Association.

Nick resides in West Orange County with his wife, Carol, a teacher of American Government at Olympia High School, and his two children, Jake and Anna.  As a result, Nick is a volunteer at Thornebrooke Elementary, Gotha Middle and Olympia High School and proudly served as Cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 6, Orlando.