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.
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.