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Shawn A. Heller

Founding Member Attorney

Social Justice Law Collective, PL 
434 Skinner Blvd., #206
Dunedin, FL 34698

T. (202) 709-5744
F. (866) 893-0416

E. shawn@sjlawcollective.com

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Shawn A. Heller is an experienced civil rights and criminal defense attorney, who has been working for social justice reform for more than fifteen years.  Prior to forming SJLC, Shawn was an attorney at the Florida Justice Institute (FJI), a non-profit organization, founded in the late 1970s in order to address civil rights issues throughout the State of Florida.  Shawn and Josh were colleagues at FJI, and together they worked on many cases addressing a variety of civil rights issues throughout the State.  These cases were in the areas of prisoners’ rights, discrimination, police misconduct and First and Fourth Amendments.   

  

Shawn holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as a student attorney for the Criminal Justice Clinic, and graduated with a B.A. from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  After graduation, Shawn was a litigation associate at Bilzin Sumberg in Miami, where he worked in Bilzin’s Complex Commercial Litigation Group.  While attending law school, Shawn served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Jose E. Martinez, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, and prior to law school, he served as Executive Director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), a student-based grassroots not-for-profit organization.  Prior to attending college, Shawn was an intern in the office of Senator Bob Graham. He subsequently served in the White House as an intern for the Deputy Assistant to the President/Deputy Director for Political Affairs.

 

 

Practice Areas

  • Appellate Litigation
  • Civil Rights
  • Criminal Defense
  • Housing & Disability Discrimination
  • Police Misconduct
  • Prisoners’ Rights

 

Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Florida State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

 

Professional Recognition

  • Finalist, Most Effective Lawyer Award for Public Interest, Daily Business Review, 2012
  • Finalist, Steven M. Goldstein Award for Excellence, Florida Bar Foundation, 2012
  • Recipient, Most Effective Lawyer Award for Public Interest, Daily Business Review, 2011
    • Pioneer and Life Time Achievement Awards, Students for Sensible Drug Policy
    • Freedom Fighter of the Year, High Times, 2002
    • Activist Award, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

Professional Activities & Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Volunteer Lawyers’ Project for the Southern District of Florida, 2009-2012
    • Member, Criminal Justice Act Panel, Superior Court of the District of Columbia (2012-present)
    • Member, Superior Court Trial Lawyers Association (2012-present)
    • Board of Directors, American Civil Liberties Union, Greater Miami Chapter (2011-2012)
    • Co-Chair, Legal Panel, American Civil Liberties Union, Greater Miami Chapter (2011-2012)
    • Volunteer Legal Advisor, Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy (2011-2012)
    • Board of Directors, Volunteer Lawyers’ Project for the Southern District of Florida (2009-2012)
    • Board of Directors, Drug Reform Coordination Network (2009-present)
    • Advisory Council Member, Students for Sensible Drug Policy (2004-present),
    • Board of Directors, Students for Sensible Drug Policy (1999-2000) (2005-2008)
    • Board of Directors, DanceSafe Foundation (2002-2008)
    • Board of Directors, Flex Your Rights Foundation (2002-2008)

Background

    • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. (J.D., 2007)
    • George Washington University, Washington, D.C. (B.A., 2000)