Gary Shumard

Gary Shumard

Gary S. Shumard, Esquire, has dedicated his career to trial advocacy. Similar to Mr. Porter, Mr. Shumard is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. At Wake Forest, Mr. Shumard was honored with the North Carolina Advocate for Justice Award, an award given at Commencement for excellence in trial level litigation. Mr. Shumard also received the CALI® Award for achieving the highest grade in Trial Practice, a course that measures future litigators’ trial skill. Mr. Shumard completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. A proud Gator, he graduated from the Honors College with a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude¸ and was a Florida Academic Scholar, Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholar, American Legion Scholar, and Sigma Tau Delta honors inductee.

While in law school, Mr. Shumard sought litigation experience through clerkships and internships. He served as a Certified Legal Intern at the Forsyth District Attorney’s Office, prosecuting both felonies and misdemeanors to trial, and also advocated for the best interests of children involved in high-conflict custody disputes as Guardian Ad Litem. Additionally, Mr. Shumard gained civil litigation experience, defending medical malpractice claims for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and clerking for the Honorable Jeffrey J. McKibben of Florida’s Tenth Judicial Circuit. When not in the courtroom, Mr. Shumard focused on researching the law and writing legal scholarship. Along with Professor Sidney A. Shapiro, he researched, composed, and edited an article for the University of Miami Law Review, The Future of the Administrative Presidency: Turning Administrative Law Inside-Out, 65 U. Miami L. Rev. 577 (2011), as well as an article for the Cardozo School of Law Symposium honoring the scholarship of Professor Paul R. Verkuil.

Legal Background

After law school, Mr. Shumard chose to hone his litigation skills at the Office of the Public Defender in Jacksonville, Florida, where he represented indigent Jacksonville residents charged with crimes ranging from misdemeanors to capital crimes, including Murder and Sexual Battery. Mr. Shumard excelled during his two years of service at the Office of the Public Defender, getting appointed to Felony Repeat Offender Court (ROC) where many of his clients faced mandatory life sentences if convicted.

After two years of service Mr. Shumard resigned his position and entered private practice, joining the Law Offices of Jason K.S. Porter as a Trial Attorney. He is a member of the Florida Bar in good standing, the Jacksonville Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is admitted to practice in all Florida courts, as well as in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He also serves on the Jacksonville Bar Association’s Governmental Relations Committee. Mr. Shumard is originally from Wauchula, Florida, and is a fifth generation Floridian.

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