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Thomas Shawn Lupella

Criminal defense Attorney at Fort Walton Beach, FL

4.8   18 reviews

also known as Shawn Lupella, T.S. Lupella


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About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%

    20 years, 7,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    30%

    20 years, 2,000 cases

  3. Domestic violence
    10%

    20 years, 2,000 cases

  4. Juvenile law
    5%

    20 years, 500 cases

  5. White collar crime
    5%

    20 years, 500 cases

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                                                                           

 

INTERNSHIPS                  

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

 

My firm focuses on assisting those that have been arrested for assault or battery, DUI and DUI Hearing to get your license back, Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP), Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, Domestic Violence Battery, disorderly conduct, such as a bar fight, sex crimes, Shoplifting or Theft, traffic tickets such as hit and run or fleeing & eluding police, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief, Solicitation, BUI, Rape & Secual Assault, Hit & Run, Concealed Weapons, Public Intoxication, Resisting Arrest and Theft/Shoplifting.                                                                                                                       

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Licensed for 18 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2004
Updated 11/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Thomas

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.
891 South Ferdon Blvd.
Crestview, FL, 32536
Thomas Shawn Lupella P.A.
1614-B U.S. Highway 90 West
DeFuniak Springs, FL, 32433
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Michael | November 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very hard worker, who knows his stuff and makes time for you!
The outcome was not exactly how I wanted it but nonetheless I told him 2 things that I had to absolutely above all else have done a certain way, and he delivered 100% on the agreement Mr lupella was the only lawyer who had time for me when I called almost 6pm central time and spoke with him and we discussed all possible aspects of the case and I felt really comfortable talking to me Lupella. I cannot thank him and his team enough for all the hard work they put in to my case. Would definitely hire him again and recommend him
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Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommed!
I am extremely impressed with Shawn Lupella's work ethic and attention to detail. He is a professional and ensures you get the best possible outcome of the case. Definitely the first person I'd call if I got into any trouble.
Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I was tremendously impressed with Mr. Lupella's work ethic and aggressiveness in my case. I have and would highly recommend him to anyone that I come across that is in need of legal help. The time he devoted to my questions and case was unparalleled.
Posted by Mike | April 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lupella was great
Mr. Lupella did some work for a friend of mine. Throughout the course of their dealings, he was responsive, engaging, innovative, and demonstrated a caring heart. I would recommend him to anyone in the area seeking criminal representation.
Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank You!
My son got into some trouble over spring break and I called Mr. Lupella's office and spoke with Sarah. She was a tremendous help. She walked me thru the process and the options we had under the circumstances. I felt very at ease with Sarah and did not feel any pressure. I felt like she genuinely cared and was patient with me the entire time. Because of my interaction with Sarah, I came away feeling this is someone I can trust and someone I would have complete confidence in representing me. I would recommend Mr. Lupella to anyone who needed help.
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Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend Shawn Lupella!!!
In late 2015 I had one of the worst experiences of my life – I was cited for DUI. My government job was in jeopardy as well as my piece of mind. I immediately sought out T.S. “Shawn” Lupella to provide my defense and WOW, all charges were DISMISSED! From day one Shaw, was very upfront and honest with me about the best and worst case scenarios. It took several months to get the in car video and Shawn stayed on top of it with multiple requests and even deposed the officer. We ended up scheduling a hearing to prove the traffic stop wasn’t warranted. Shawn was extremely thorough and proved, without a doubt, that the officer had no reason to pull me over in the first place and that I was not a danger to anyone. I liked that his payment was one fee no matter how long or short my case ended up being (especially since it took 6+ months). Although it was a very difficult time for me, my experience with Shawn (and Sarah) was outstanding. Now they are working on getting my record expunged! I would highly recommend this office if you need a criminal attorney for any reason.
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Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent & Honest
After leaving voicemails for various local attorneys, I was delighted when I called this firm and not only did a wonderful and high spirited assistant spoke with true concern, she immediately set me up for a consultation with Lupella as soon as I could make it to the office. I have no criminal background, I am very young and I expected private attorney's to financially take advantage due to my lack of knowledge in criminal law. I am always concerned that I might be making the wrong decision with any professional, vehicle repair, insurance, childcare, etc. I know this is a hard working, professional, honest man who works hard for his clients, these facts become clear the moment you sit down in the office and have all your worries and concerns validated, explained and Mr.Lupella diligently takes his time to go over your case before giving any expectations or promises just to secure a client. The retainer was made clear and he is upfront about costs and reasons for any additional possible bumps ahead before agreeing to hand over a contract. I was treated as an equal, no judgment and both Lupella and his assistant showed great concern for my financial well-being and family matters concerning my need to retain a lawyer and my ability to handle the financial part, making sure he was right for the job and it was in my best intrest to move forward or not. I am blessed that I called this lawyer and I have no doubts that he will do his best to provide a strong defense. Every penny / material possession I may have is not worth having a record as a criminal for the rest of my life; preventing me from pursuing my career. Trustworthy and honest. Even if you're not sure if you need representation, you will be told with full honesty what to expect and if representation is not needed in your case you will be told honestly, you will not be taken advantage of here. Great people, try this first.
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Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
I hired Mr. Lupella to assist me with a DUI charge. He was very knowledgeable on Florida DUI laws and potential outcomes for me. In the end he was able to get my charge reduced to Reckless Driving. He really did a great job for me, I would highly recommend him to anyone who may find themselves needing a good DUI attorney.
Posted by Shawna | July 17, 2015
Positive Result
“Recently a good friend of mine and her family required the services of an attorney. After some research, she went with Thomas Shawn Lupella. Her decision proved to be a good one! Shawn went to bat for her and her family and the outcomes was good. She has stated many times, that she will refer everyone that ever needs an attorney to Shawn.”
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Posted by Toni | June 24, 2015
A Real Advocate!
e encountered a family matter that required an attorney. Shawn came highly recommended. We could not have been more pleased. Shawn really listens and works very hard for his client. He is articulate, smart, kind and extremely pleasant to work with. Most important his counseling is well thought out and his execution delivers great results. His office manager, Sarah is an absolute delight. A great team. You will not be disappointed.
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Posted by Jean | December 19, 2014
A+ Counsel
I recently used Thomas Shawn Lupella as our attorney in two different cases. I found very quickly that he was knowledgeable, informed, experienced and proactive. He answered all of our questions, gave us excellent advice, and then quickly moved to implement those decisions. He was thorough and stayed ahead of the game diverting some problems before they even came up. Shawn is outstanding in the legal field. I also found him to be concerned about our well being. He was considerate about travel and time issues and he went above and beyond what is expected of an attorney. As a former teacher, I would give him an A+ and highly recommend him to anyone in need of legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2014
Mr. Lupella is an amazing Lawyer, I highly recommend him
From the very first time I spoke with Mr. Lupella, I was impressed with how responsive, concerned, and knowledgable he was. Mr. Lupella represented me in a serious traffic case and to my disbelief, he got my case dismissed! I highly recommend Mr. Lupella to anyone who needs legal representation.
Posted by Wes | October 23, 2014
Forever indebted to Mr. Lupella
Mr. Lupella represented me in a DUI/DWI case. He carefully explained the options that I had from day one and never pressured me into making a decision that I was not 100%. He answered all my questions in detail. He also left me feeling very at ease and aware through the whole process. He had all charges dropped and the case was dismissed. I highly recommend Mr. Lupella.
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Posted by Samantha | September 10, 2014
Would definitely recommend Mr. Lupella
Shawn Lupella personally helped me through a case, I am very happy with his work ethic and compassion towards helping others. He is an amazing lawyer and will fight for you to have the best possible outcome.
Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2014
Thank you for your time and free consultation over the phone
I only spoke to Mr. Lupella once and therefore cannot attest to his trustworthiness. However, He it was wonderful to speak directly to an attorney when I called to question whether or not my situation really warranted hiring an attorney. He was very informative and helpful. He explained the different scenarios that may happen with or without representation and was up front on the cost to retain him. If I decide to seek representation, I will retain Mr. Lupella.. Thank you for taking the time to speak to me today!
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Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2014
Forever Grateful to Shawn Lupella
With no criminal background or record, I was terrified at the prospect of being charged with a crime. Had I not called Shawn as quickly as I did, that prospect would have become reality. I am skeptical of the state by nature, but I never had a clue how founded my mistrust was. Shawn explained my options, he was great at speaking in probabilities (which is my language), and he was thorough when reviewing options and strategies. Because of Shawn's expertise and diligence, no charges were ever filed. I cannot begin to convey how grateful I am (and how smart I feel) that I retained Shawn Lupella. I urge anyone experiencing the paralyzing anxiety associated with the possibility of being charged (or if you've already been charged) to call him. Did I enjoy spending the money on an attorney? No. Did I enjoy it more that having my mugshot published and spending untold hours in jail waiting for a hearing? Yes.
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Posted by Pat | February 19, 2013
Highly Recommend!
The Flaherty Defense Firm represented me in my case. They explained in detail every option I had, and what the possible outcomes would be. They were always willing to give me advice, always fair and were completely honest about my enitre case. From the first time I spoke to them on the phone to the last time I stepped into their office I was always at ease and never felt pressured to make any decisions except for what I was 100% comfortable with. I am very excited for the way my case turned out and I would highly recommend this firm to anyone that is in need of an intelligent, professional, well-rounded team.
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Posted by Ken | April 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not interested in best outcome
I hired the Lupella agency after a car accident and I am extremely unsatisfied with the results of my case. He seemed like a great guy with all the right answer at the right time however under performed to do his job to the best of his ability in my opinion. I truly feel a public defender could have gotten the same results as spending $12,500 for representation. Mr. Lupella had absolutely no contact during the 13 month case. I had to keep up with case through court records. I strongly consider you to interview your attorney as they work for you. I made a huge mistake and my Lawyer did nothing to help rectify the situation. The only reason I am given 2 stars is because he had a great staff Jen and David, unfortunately he let me down don’t be the next one he disappoints!
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Firm President and Senior Attorney
  • T.S. Lupella P.A.
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Private Criminal Defense Firm
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Indigent Defense Counsel
  • State of Florida
  • 2005 - 2011
  • District Legal Counsel
  • FL Dept of Children and Families
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Legal Intern
  • Crew & Crew, PA
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Legal Intern
  • Day and Meade
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Legal Intern
  • Zimney Foster P.C.
  • 2001 - 2003
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Education

  • University of North Dakota School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • University of North Dakota
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2000

Legal Cases

  • State v. CB
  • NOT GUILTY JURY VERDICT
  • State v. C.R.P. 2020-CT-745 Walton County
  • Not Guilty Jury Verdict
  • State v. J.D.S. 2020-CT-457 Okaloosa County
  • Not Guilty Jury Verdict
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Associations

  • FACDL Legislative and Rules Committee
  • Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • Affilliate Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Okaloosa County Teen Court Program
  • Judge
  • 2011 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Okaloosa-Walton chapter)
  • Attorney Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Okaloosa-Walton Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Florida Public Defender Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2011
  • University of North Dakota School of Law Trial Team
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2003
  • UND Christian Legal Society
  • President
  • 2001 - 2003
  • UND Moot Court
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2002
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • 10 Best Attorneys
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 10% Criminal Defense Nomination
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2016
  • Glen Gustafson Scholarship
  • University of North Dakota Law School
  • 2001
  • Award of Merit
  • Air Force ROTC
  • 1997
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Publications

  • Florida Defender (FACDL)
  • A Formal Indictment of Florida's Implied Consent Warnings
  • 2020
  • Florida Defender (FACDL)
  • Over-Prosecution of Drug Overdose Cases and the Limits of Good Samaritan Laws
  • 2020
  • Florida Defender (FACDL)
  • How Should the Florida Supreme Court Interpret Amendment 4?
  • 2019
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Speaking Engagements

  • High School Section Meeting, September 27, 2020
  • Teenagers and the Criminal Justice System
  • 2020
  • Okaloosa County Teen Court
  • Stories of Troubled Youths
  • 2013
  • Okaloosa County Teen Court
  • Choosing the Right Path
  • 2013
  • Kiwanis
  • 2010 FL Amendments
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (19)
Endorse Thomas
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Lupella is a highly skilled criminal defense attorney. He is extremely versed in the law and is a fierce advocate for his clients. He is passionate about the law and I do not hesitate to refer criminal matters to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shawn is a dedicated and ambitious attorney who tirelessly advocates for his clients. He is devoted to the law and is a credit to the legal profession. I would highly recommend his legal services for anyone looking for a skilled attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Thomas is an experienced lawyer with a quality reputation among attorneys and clients in our community. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Other
"Shawn is a great lawyer. The state of Florida benefits from his presence."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Lupella for several years. He is a diligent lawyer who always puts his client's interest first and has a knack for getting good results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Hard worker, Honest."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an outstanding lawyer. He listens to his clients. Thomas is skilled, experience and has a high level of integrity."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"While working as a prosecutor, I handled numerous cases with Shawn being opposing counsel. He was very dedicated to his work and passionate about his client's rights."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure to work with Shawn at both the Public Defender's Office and in Private Practice. During my tenure at the Public Defender's office I noticed that Shawn had excelled at establishing positive, productive relationships with clients, experts and opposing counsel. His demeanor was always professional and friendly. Shawn has the experience in the court room and extensive knowledge in his legal field and I would have no reservations in recommending his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shawn is rising star in the criminal defense Bar. He is always professional and treats everyone with dignity, honor and respect."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Shawn on cases in the past and he is a passionate advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Shawn is a dedicated advocate for his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend his services."
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