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Shannon Martin Lafrance

Family Attorney at Tampa, FL

5.0   8 reviews
  • State Years
    Florida - FL 17 years
    New York - NY 30 years
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2007
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1994
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About Shannon

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Shannon LaFrance has over 25 years of civil, administrative and criminal practice experience in local, state and federal courts and tribunals. Ms. LaFrance has experience in the areas of family law and dependency, real estate, land use, environmental, association, insurance, labor, municipal, appellate, personal injury and criminal law. Ms. LaFrance began her career in 1994 with a large firm in New York where she rotated through practice areas with very seasoned and respected attorneys to develop and hone her practice skills. Over the course of her career, she has represented a wide variety of clients including multi-national corporations, municipalities, not-for-profit corporations, start-ups and husbands, wives and children. Ms. LaFrance brings her multi-faceted experience to her family law practice to help better serve her clients.

Ms. LaFrance received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) cum laude From Albany Law School in 1993 where she served on the Executive Board of the Albany Law Review in her third year of law school. She also earned a B.A. in Government from Franklin & Marshall College where she is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame and an All-American. She is licensed to practice law in Florida, New York, and New Hampshire, and is a member of the bar associations in each of those states.

Ms. LaFrance believes in volunteering in her community and devotes her spare time to assisting kids and young adults with legal issues.

Ms. LaFrance has worked as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit courts in Hillsborough County in Tampa since 2012. She has also collaborated with the students and professors at Cornell Law School and Pace University School of Law on public policy issues important to the students in order to give the young adults a voice, and promote positive legislative changes and foster inter-municipal cooperation. Ms. LaFrance served as county legislator for three two-year terms where, among many other things, she helped ensure the well-being of children and their families by working with the county sheriff to establish an amber alert system in the county, budget annually for programs for special needs kids and ensure that parents had adequate legal representation in family court each year she served as an elected official.

Ms. LaFrance’s commitment to all her clients is to provide diligent, honest and effective representation.


LaFrance Law


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Posted by J.r.Foster | January 26, 2015
Exceptionally Satisfied!
I would just like to thank Ms. LaFrance for everything she did for me during my dissolution of marriage. Not only was she very professional, it was obvious throughout the entire case from the first time I talked to her that this is more than just a job. She actually cares about you as a person; you are not treated as just another client. Her dedication far exceeded my expectations. Shannon, I just cannot thank you enough, JR
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Posted by Mary | September 1, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Shannon and her husband Chris did an outstanding job presenting the facts that were to determine the fate of our autistic grandson. Shannon never lost sight of the fact that this case was about the child. She and Chris were extremely well prepared with the true facts of the case. They left no stone unturned. I cannot express how grateful we are that we were directed to Shannon, especially after having had a terrible first experience with another firm in Tampa. Shannon and her husband are THE BEST!
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Posted by Steve | December 3, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Couldn't have asked for a better attorney.
When my wife left me and filed for divorce I was floored and completely taken by surprise. I stumbled across this website and researched more attorneys than I care to think about. After setting up some appointments with some other attorneys I contacted Shannon. During a brief email exchange and phone call, I knew she was the person I wanted to represent me. I cancelled all other appointments and never once looked back. During the entire process there was never a question about whether or not Shannon had my best interest in mind. She was truthful and honest, she was direct with me when she needed to be but more importantly she didn't back down with opposing counsel when threatened. She explained all the paperwork when I didn't understand. She always told me what my options would be if we chose to go a different route. I never once felt that I didn't have control of the situation or that I didn't have a say. While my proceedings were probably quick, (just over a year, through no fault of Shannon's or my own, I think it could have been resolved quicker). I honestly feel Shannon did everything in her power to minimize my expense but give me the best possible outcome. While not every situation is the same I would highly recommend giving her a call to determine if she will be right for you. I cannot thank her enough for all she has done for me and my child. I don't think it's very often that you hear people who like their divorce attorney but I can honestly say I do.
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Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2018
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Satisfied Client
Shannon has been a very professional and compassionate advocate for me during the dissolution of my marriage and in handling post-divorce issues. I would highly recommend her for your family law needs.
Posted by Wendy | January 6, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Professional reliable attorney
I hired Shannon in May 2015 for a case that lasted through to December 2015. I needed a lawyer that was very professional, experienced, and was available when I had questions or when important situations arose. Shannon was able to go above and beyond all of these things as she is a lawyer that gets the job done by working hard, giving honest advice, and who cares about her clients. I had the most important job of my life to hire an Expert lawyer that would help me for a life shaking event in my life and Shannon was with me working hard every step of the way and we were able to get a positive outcome thanks to her hard work and dedication. I would definitely highly recommend and hire her again.
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Posted by Jayme Joyner | July 23, 2015
Shannon LaFrance
Shannon was excellent throughout our entire case. She is very honest, caring, and understanding. She always worked with us and was very reasonable. She was a pleasure to work with and I would recommend her to everyone.
Posted by Greg | November 9, 2014
Shannon LaFrance Family Law Review
I recently used Shannon LaFrance regarding a conflict with an immediately family member. Ms. LaFrance took the time to listen to my situation. She asked thoughtful questions so she could understand the issues completely. She expressed sincere empathy regarding the situation, understood my emotional concerns, while maintaining her objectivity and professionalism regarding the reality of what I was going through. She helped me understand what my options and rights were for my circumstance. I felt that she truly cared about helping me. I highly recommend Ms. LaFrance to help you. I would not hesitate to call her again.
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Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2009
Top Notch Attorney
Shannon is by far the most knowledgable, most communicative, and most impressive attorney I've worked with in many years. You just can't go wrong with her, especially on land use issues.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 6.8 (Good)


  • Albany Law School of Union University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • Franklin and Marshall College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988


  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Environmental
  • Hearing Officer
  • 2019 - Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Dutchess County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • cum laude
  • Albany Law School
  • 1993
  • Executive Editor Abany Law Review
  • Albany Law School
  • 1992

Speaking Engagements

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Family Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Ms. LaFrance on a detailed matter that involved family, juvenile, criminal, estate and guardianship issues and required knowledge in each of these areas. Ms. LaFrance was thorough, well informed and prompt. She did an excellent job."

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Tampa Family Lawyer Shannon Martin Lafrance
Shannon Martin Lafrance
Family Attorney
Tampa, FL
Licensed for 30 years