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Meet LaShawnda


LaShawnda Jackson was born in Titusville, Florida, and raised in the projects of East Mims on the Space Coast. She attended Astronaut High School and was recently inducted into the school’s 2024 War Eagles Athletic Hall of Fame. LaShawnda also attended the University of Florida where she was a hammer thrower and shot putter on the Lady Gator Track & Field Team.   Through her time as a student-athlete, LaShawnda learned the value of hard work, discipline, time management, as well as giving back. 


In addition to various voluntary bar association leadership roles with various organizations like the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA), the OCBA Young Lawyers Section, the  Paul Perkins Bar Association, and the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter National Bar Association, LaShawnda has volunteered for several organizations throughout Central Florida, especially those involving children and at-risk youth.  From reading to head-start students to participating in Street Law and You-Be-The Judge programs at various schools and after-school outreach programs, LaShawnda has spent the entirety of her career giving back to her community.  Her most recent endeavor involves helping fight the affordable housing crisis in Greater Orlando and Osceola County.


 LaShawnda is a trial lawyer with 21+ years of experience litigating cases throughout Florida.  She has represented individuals, small businesses, corporations, and governmental entities.  Her most recent endeavor involves helping fight the affordable housing crisis in Orange and Osceola Counties by serving on the Board of the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando and Osceola County.



 


EXPERIENCE

LaShawnda has been a member of the Florida Bar since 2002.  She is also admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Courts of Florida (Northern, Middle, and Southern).  She is a trial lawyer with 21+ years of experience litigating cases throughout Florida.  She has represented individuals, small businesses, corporations, and governmental entities. 



 


CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS
Orange County Bar Association, Past President (2020-2021)
  • The Briefs, Co-Editor

Orange County Young Lawyers Section, Past President (2011-2012)
  • Co-Chair of Great Oaks Village Committee

  • Co-Chair of Head Start Guest Reader’s Program

Paul C. Perkins Bar Association, Past President (2006 to 2007)
  • Street Law Program, Co-founder

Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter National Bar Association, Past President (2018-2019)
National Bar Association Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando & Osceola County, Board of Directors
First Presbyterian Church of Orlando Afterschool Outreach Program (past volunteer)
  • Corporate Law Section, Secretary and Past Deputy Chair;

    Scholarship Committee, Chair

  • Region XI,  Director (2018-2019)

George C. Young Central Florida American Inns of Court, Public Relations Chair (2023 – Present)
Florida Bar
  • Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors

  • Code and Rules of Evidence Committee

  • Ninth Circuit Grievance Committee

  • CLE Committee

Appointed to Ninth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Appointed to Federal Magistrate Judge Selection Panel

  • Appointed to Grievance Committee

Selected to serve on the University of Florida F Club Committee
Selected to serve on the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Law Center Association (LCA) Board of Trustees
  • Community awards or recognition

Selected to Astronaut High School Athletic Hall of Fame 2024
Selected as Florida Trend, "Florida 500" Listing of Florida's Most Influential Business Leaders 2019, 2021, 2023
Selected as Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
Recipient of Orange County Bar Association’s Lawrence G. Mathews, Jr. Young Lawyers Professionalism Award 2014
Selected as Orlando Business Journal's "Women Who Business: Women To Watch List" 2014
Selected as Orlando Business Journal's "40 Under 40" 2013 Finalist
Recipient of Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Diversity Award 2006


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