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Thomas Shawn Lupella

Thomas Shawn Lupella

also known as Shawn Lupella, T.S. Lupella

About me

I have defended countless people charged with all types of criminal offenses, from DUIs and Domestic Violence charges--to the most serious and complex felony cases. I have had many jury trials and have represented those charged with capital offenses, including murder.


Born in Brainerd, Minnesota

Graduated Pine River-Backus High School, MN

University of North Dakota School of Law                                         

Activities: CLS (President), Moot Court, Trial Competition

International and Comparative Law, Shanghai and Beijing,

Awards: Glen Gustafson Scholarship (2 years), Dean’s List

Bachelor of Science Education, Magna Cum Laude,

Certified Teacher (NDEA)

Awards: Air Force ROTC Award of Merit; Air Force ROTC

Certificate of Academic Excellence;

University of St. Thomas Dean’s Scholarship;

University of St. Thomas University Scholarship

Air Force ROTC Scholarship


Assistant Public Defender                                                                                                

State of Florida, First Circuit, Okaloosa County                                                                                                               


Assistant District Legal Counsel                                                                         

Florida Department of Children and Families                                                                           



Zimney, Foster P.C., AV Rated, Insurance Defense, Commercial Law, Federal Criminal Defense



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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    12 years, 5.5 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
    12 years, 750 cases
  3. Domestic Violence: 10%
  4. Juvenile: 5%
  5. White Collar Crime: 5%



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

12 total 

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  • Aaron B Wentz

    Shawn is one of the most dedicated criminal defense attorneys in town. We routinely refer our serious criminal matters to Shawn's office without any hesitations.


    Aaron Wentz Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael H Crew

    Thomas is an experienced lawyer with a quality reputation among attorneys and clients in our community. I endorse this lawyer.


    Michael Crew Construction & Development Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Thomas Shawn Lupella, P.A.

2110 Lewis Turner Blvd.
Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32547

Thomas Shawn Lupella, P.A.

3997 Commons Drive, West
Suite I
Destin, FL, 32541

Thomas Shawn Lupella P.A.

1614-B U.S. Highway 90 West
DeFuniak Springs, FL, 32433



FLMember in Good Standing200409/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Glen Gustafson ScholarshipUniversity of North Dakota Law School2001
Award of MeritAir Force ROTC1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Criminal Defense AttorneyThomas Shawn Lupella P.A.2014 - Present
AttorneyPrivate Criminal Defense Firm2011 - 2014
Indigent Defense CounselState of Florida2005 - 2011
District Legal CounselFL Dept of Children and Families2004 - 2005
Legal InternCrew & Crew, PA2003 - 2003
Legal InternDay and Meade2003 - 2003
Legal InternZimney Foster P.C.2001 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States District Court for the Northern District of FloridaMember2011 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Okaloosa-Walton chapter)Attorney Member2005 - Present
Florida Public Defender AssociationMember2005 - 2011
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2005 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAffiliate Member2005 - Present
Okaloosa-Walton Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Florida BarMember2004 - Present
Christian Legal SocietyMember2003 - Present
Carrigan Cup Trial TeamMember2002 - 2003
UND Moot CourtMember2001 - 2002
UND Christian Legal SocietyPresident2001 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. JLCase Dismissed
State v. JSNot Guilty Verdict
State v. MRCase Dismissed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Dakota School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of North Dakota School of LawScience EducationBS - Bachelor of Science2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
BNI LuncheonBusiness Networking2014
Teen CourtTeen Court Judge2013
Kiwanis2010 FL Amendments2010