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The Carlyle Appellate Law Firm handles complex civil appellate litigation in state and federal courts.  Founding partner, Shannon McLin Carlyle, is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in appellate practice and is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell. She is also a Board Certified Circuit and Appellate Court Mediator. She is an experienced appellate advocate with an extensive background in state and federal appellate representation. As a former law clerk to the Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal, Ms. Carlyle developed a unique perspective as to what appellate courts expect in appellate briefs and pleadings. Ms. Carlyle is admitted to practice in Florida state and federal courts, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.


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Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 95%
  2. Mediation: 5%


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Attorney endorsements

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  • Nicholas Richard Andrea

    I have known Shannon since law school and have kept in contact since. I can attest that she is an intelligent, skilled and conscientious attorney with a genuine passion for what she does and a commitment to her clients. I would retain her and her law firm without hesitation for any appellate matter I needed assistance with.


    Nicholas Andrea Insurance Attorney
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  • Scott Kenneth Petersen

    Shannon is one of the finest appellate lawyers around. She is experienced and knowledgeable and I frequently consult with her regarding potential appellate issues. She is the first name I turn to when asked for recommendations for appellate counsel.


    Scott Petersen Litigation Attorney
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Contact info

The Carlyle Appellate Law Firm

The Carlyle Building
1950 Laurel Manor Drive, Suite 130
The Villages, FL, 32162-5602


FLMember in Good Standing199309/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerFlorida Super Lawyers2015
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2013
Victor Tipton Award for Legal WritingFlorida Justice Association2013
Super LawyerFlorida Super Lawyers2013
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2012
Super LawyerFlorida Super Lawyers2012
Florida Super LawyerThomson Reuters2011
Top 50 Women Florida LawyersThomson Reuters2011
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2011
Florida Super LawyerThomson Reuters2010
Top 50 Women Florida LawyersThomson Reuters2010
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2010
Florida Super LawyerThomson Reuters2009
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2009
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2008
Florida Super LawyerThomson Reuters2008
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2007
Florida Super LawyerThomson Reuters2007
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2006
Board Certified Appellate LawyerThe Florida Bar2004
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerThe Carlyle Appellate Law Firm1997 - Present
Law Clerk to The Honorable Gilbert S. Goshorn, Jr.Florida's Fifth District Court of Appeal1993 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Appellate Certification CommitteeChair2012 - 2013
Family Law Section Amicus CommitteeVice-Chair2011 - Present
Appellate Certification CommitteeChair Elect2010 - 2011
Appellate Certification CommitteeVice-Chair2010 - 2011
First Green BankBoard of Directors2009 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Appellate Law SectionMember2008 - Present
Marion County Bar AssociationN/A2006 - Present
Florida Bar, Appellate Practice SectionExecutive Council2005 - 2009
Lake County Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Florida Bar, Appellate Practice SectionMember1993 - Present
Central Florida Association of Women LawyersMemberN/A
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Amicus Curiae CommitteeMemberN/A
American Bar Association Council of Appellate LawyersMemberN/A
Florida Bar Association, Family Law Section, Amicus CommitteeCo-chairmanN/A
Florida Bar Association, Appellate Practice Section, Outreach CommitteeChairN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Strout v. Campbell, 864 So. 2d 1275 (Fla. 5th DCA 2004)Our client prevailed on appeal
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Family Law CommentatorOops: Did we say His Interest in his pension? We meant Her interest in His Pension: The Typo that Changed the Law2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of Central FloridaJournalismBA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Florida CLE Conference by Lorman Education ServicesAppellate Practice for the General Practioner2006