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Siobhan Helene Shea

Appellate Practice



Siobhan Helene Shea

Appellate Lawyer representing clients in Florida since 1991.

Siobhan Helene Shea graduated with honors from University of Miami School of Law in 1991. She is an A-V Pre-eminent rated appellate lawyer and is the Past Chair of the Appellate Court Rules Committee and the Past Chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar. Sheappeals is a registered trademark.



Areas of Practice



401 South County Road
Number 2436
Palm Beach, Florida  33480
(561) 655-4114


(561) 655-4114



Shea follows the tradition of her mentors believing in the mastery of the appellate lawyer's art. Appellate advocacy requires the skills of a legal craftsman. The classic appellate lawyer develops over time a depth of legal philosophy, research, advocacy, and writing skills.  Shea is passionate about individual rights and the need for institutional and government consistency and equality not only in the outcome of cases, but in the appellate process itself.  The best written briefs become law, not just for the case at hand, but as a developing fabric of legal precedent for future generations.   No case is determined in a void, but is part of a body of case law.  The writer of an appellate argument must consider the case before the court as well as the purpose of the law and rules applied.  The lawyer has a responsibility to the client and to the court and society as well.  The United States Constitution and Florida Constitution, statutes, rules, and case law must all be understood and applied to the unique facts and procedure which resulted in the trial court's decision.  The case must be reviewed for error not only of the trial judge but for errors of trial counsel as well.  All must be presented under the appropriate standards of appellate review that decide the case.  Appellate representation requires skill preparing and reviewing the record on appeal and determining which errors merit presentation to the appellate court.  The skilled appellate lawyer must be able to organize, research, analyze, write and advocate in appellate courts.  Siobhan Helene Shea has experience in appeals from civil and criminal cases, including original proceedings in the appellate courts.  Since 1991 Shea has represented clients in state and federal courts throughout Florida consistent with her continued demand for integrity, individual rights, and the reasoned development of the law.

Music Law

The firm represents a limited number of music professionals and non-profits.  Demystifying music law and representing creative professionals is in itself a creative practice. The world of music is ever growing and evolving, and we’re not just talking about sound trends. With the consistent introduction of varying revenue streams and distribution channels, the opportunity for profit grows, but so does the complexity. It requires finesse, strategic structuring, and empathy. At the end of the day, music law is profoundly personal and should be designed to protect the artist's rights and income stream for the long term.


. . . the Constitution will endure as a vital charter of human liberty as long as there are those with the courage to defend it, the vision to interpret it, and the fidelity to live by it.
— Justice William Brennan