Your Lawyer’s Lawyer

Appellate law is complex. It is a highly technical area of practice that requires experienced appellate counsel. Countless and common pitfalls can hopelessly entangle or bar a party from ever being able to pursue a necessary appeal. Shannon McLin (pronounced “MACK-lin”) is an expert in appellate law—one of only 195 lawyers who have earned Florida Bar board certification in appellate practice. She is the founder of Florida Appeals, a statewide appellate law firm based in Orlando with offices throughout Florida.

During her first legal research and writing class, McLin immediately knew she wanted to be an appellate lawyer. After graduation, she served as an appellate law clerk at Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal. During her four years there, she was afforded an insider’s education on the expectations of Florida’s appellate courts. In 1997, she left the court to be a stay-at-home mom, but her love of appellate law kept calling her. What began in a 4 by 8-foot space behind a curtain in her family room grew into a seven-lawyer firm with multiple offices. During her 21-year tenure at the appellate firm she founded, she built a resume that is expressive of her passion for appellate law and the clients she represents. McLin has worked hard to earn numerous legal accolades. She has consistently been named one of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite and as a Florida Super Lawyer in appellate practice, and was honored to be among the Florida Super Lawyers’ list of Florida’s Top 50 Women Lawyers.

After more than 20 years of growing and grooming her former firm, McLin was ready for a new endeavor and Florida Appeals was born. Based in Orlando with lawyers and support staff across the country, Florida Appeals is an experienced team of appellate professionals including former trial and appellate judges and law clerks. 

The lawyers of Florida Appeals strive to provide excellent representation by combining their knowledge and experience, carefully crafting strong appellate arguments and sitting second chair at trial to help ensure that issues are preserved for appeal. Trial lawyers bring McLin and her team on board during litigation when they believe appeals are likely.

“One of my favorite aspects of practicing appellate law is having the opportunity to work with some of the best lawyers in Florida on complex legal matters,” said McLin. “The comradery of becoming part of their team and working together to assist our mutual client is truly satisfying.”

Through years of experience, McLin has solidified her reputation as “the lawyer’s lawyer.” Learn more about her experienced team of appellate attorneys at

Location: 20 N. Orange Ave., Suite 1600, Orlando, FL 32801
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