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I became a Florida lawyer in 1999 after graduating from South Texas College of Law as a Doctor of Jurisprudence in the same year.


My main focuses in law practice are family law matters and immigration/citizenship law. I practice law in those areas because of the way I came to be born in the United States and my upbringing. My grandfather moved his immediate family from Cuba to the United States a couple of years prior to the Cuban Revolution due to government threats to his well-being.


As I began practicing law, it was natural for me to feel good about helping families with their immigration or transition to the United States. I found that the transition was not only a physical one, but an emotional one too. It was my desire to help people with their emotional transitions that led me to family law and collaborative law practice. So technically, I am a lawyer, but I view my role in life as a person who helps people as they transition geographically, emotionally, and spiritually to a better place.


I am an active member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, Next Generation Divorce (a collaborative law group), Stann W. Givens Family Law Inn of Tampa, and International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. My community involvement includes coaching Judo for the Florida School of Judo and Metropolitan YMCAs, sitting on Jesuit High School of Tampa’s Alumni Representative Council, and lending my experience to the Hispanic Business Initiative Funds’ Technical Assistance Committee.


As an extension of my international practice, I received a lifetime appointment as a Civil Law Notary in 2010.


A Civil Law Notary is different than a Notary Public. A Florida Civil Law Notary is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar, who has practiced law for at least five years, and who is appointed by the Secretary of State as a Civil Law Notary after completion of specialized notarial training and passage of a state-administered examination.


As a Civil Law Notary I may give legal advice, draft legal documents, and exercise legal power and authority generally similar to those exercised by non-U.S. Notaries (Notario Publico, Escribano, Notar, Notaire, Latin Notary). I may authenticate or certify any document, transaction, event, condition, or occurrence by issuance of an authentic act, the contents of which are presumed correct as a matter of law.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 70%
    10 years
  2. Family: 30%
    2 years



Hourly ($150-250/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (15 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Joryn Jenkins

    Shawn is one of the most straightforward and rational attorneys I've ever had the pleasure of opposing. While collaborative, he's sharp and well-informed, representing his client zealously as he advocates on his behalf. But he's also compassionate, and keeps his client's best interests top of mind. When that includes cluing his client into reality, he's ok with accomplishing that in the most harmonious way possible. And, at the same time as he's practicing law, he's a highly effective committee chair. I wish we had more collaborative cases together. I can't endorse Shawn highly enough.


    Joryn Jenkins Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Christian Georg Andreas Zeller

    I endorse Shawn. He is professional, dedicated, and knowledgable in his field. He is an impressive attorney who knows how to fight and win for his clients.


    Christian Zeller Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Shawn Mesa Immigration Law

550 N. Reo St.
Suite 300
Tampa, FL, 33609

Shawn Mesa Family Law

550 N. Reo St.
Suite 300
Tampa, FL, 33609



FLMember in Good Standing199906/20/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
ParliamentarianFlorida Judo Inc.2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Lawyer and Civil Law NotaryShawn Mesa, PA2008 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Next Generation DivorceLawyer Member2014 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsLawyer Member2014 - Present
U.S. Southern District of FloridaAdmitted Lawyer2012 - Present
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationAdmitted Lawyer2010 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationLawyer Member2007 - Present
U.S. Middle District of FloridaAdmitted Lawyer2000 - Present
Florida BarAdmitted Lawyer1999 - Present
Hillsborough County Bar Association, Immigration & Nationality SectionCo-chair2010 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Green Card through MarriageGreen Card Granted
Felony conviction changedDeportation risk avoided
Citizenship for person with SchizophreniaCitizenship approved
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of FloridaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
South Texas College of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Rotary ClubThe Immigration Process: What You Don't See in the News2011
Hillsborough County Bar Association5 Things Every Lawyer Should Know about Citizenship2011
Employment-Based and Family-Based FundamentalsImmigration Law Fundamentals for Lawyers2011