Harry Shorstein is one of the most distinguished and experienced lawyers practicing in Florida. He continues to garner coveted achievements as evidenced by his recent recognition by U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers as the best white collar crime defense lawyer for the Jacksonville, Florida area for his work in state and federal courts representing individuals and companies in mortgage fraud and other fraud related cases as well as pain clinic cases.
Prior to returning to private practice, he was the five term State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (covering Duval County, Clay County and Nassau County). In 2008, he decided not to run for a sixth term and to return to private practice with Shorstein & Lasnetski, LLC. He was also recognized as one of the most experienced and well-respected attorneys in Florida by becoming one of three finalists for the United States Attorney position for the Middle District of Florida which covers the largest area in Florida from Jacksonville to Florida, a position chosen by the president.
Mr. Shorstein attended the University of Florida for college and law school. After graduating from law school, he served as a Captain in the 3rd Marine Division in Vietnam. Upon his return, he worked as a Division Head at the Jacksonville Office of the Public Defender. After leaving that office, he spent several years as a Division Head and then Chief Assistant at the Office of the State Attorney. After the State Attorney’s Office, Mr. Shorstein served as General Counsel for the City of Jacksonville.
In 1991, Mr. Shorstein became the State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit. He held that position for almost eighteen years until deciding not run again in 2008. As the State Attorney for the Jacksonville area, he tried a variety of criminal cases, including over 30 murder cases, all of which he won. He also implemented a groundbreaking juvenile justice program that focused on rehabilitation and education that won national acclaim and was copied by prosecutors across the country. His extensive experience and accomplishments as a trial attorney have been chronicled by 60 Minutes, The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, The New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report and others state, local and national media outlets. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
After over two decades of public service, Mr. Shorstein decided to return to private practice where he spent 15 years representing the rights and interests of individuals and businesses prior to becoming the State Attorney. In private practice, he defended clients on criminal matters in state and federal court, including complex white collar cases. He handled serious and complex wrongful death and personal injuries cases, and he represented companies in all varieties of business disputes. Another area where he has developed extensive skills and experience is in the representation of professionals in civil litigation and in front of licensing and other administrative boards.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||1965||08/12/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Best White Collar Crime Defense Lawyer||U.S. News and World Report/Best Lawyers||2011|
|Best Lawyer of the Year - Jacksonville White Collar Crime||Best Lawyers in America||2011|
|Justice, Peace and Social Harmony Award||Mary Singleton Foundation||2001|
|Victim Assistance Advisory Council Lifetime Achievement Award||City of Jacksonville Mayor||2001|
|Humane Legislator Award||Jacksonville Humane Society||2000|
|Commissioner's Award||Florida Department of Law Enforcement||2000|
|Good Government Award||Rotary Club of South Jacksonville||1999|
|Child Advocate of the Year||Children's Home Society of Florida||1998|
|Award||Foundation for Improvement of Justice||1998|
|Florida's Finest Certificate||Governor Lawton Chiles||1996|
|Bronze Star with Combat "V"||United States Marine Corps||1968|
|Partner||Shorstein & Lasnetski, LLC||2009 - Present|
|State Attorney||State Attorney's Office||1991 - 2009|
|Attorney||Law Office of Harry Shorstein||1976 - 1991|
|General Counsel||City of Jacksonville||1974 - 1976|
|Chief Assistant State Attorney||State Attorney's Office||1970 - 1974|
|Division Chief||Public Defender's Office||1968 - 1970|
|Captain||United States Marine Corp||1965 - 1968|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|American College of Trial Lawyers||Fellow||N/A|
|University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1965|
|University of Florida||Business Administration||BS - Bachelor of Science||1962|
|Criminal Law Panel||Criminal Law||2012|