As an attorney for over 19 years, Laura Shaffer has spent her career advocating for justice for individuals, children and families. In addition to her regular caseload, Laura represents victims of human trafficking in juvenile court, children who are placed in residential treatment centers or being considered for residential treatment in dependency court, and children diagnosed with developmental disabilities in dependency court.
Laura is one of only 95 attorneys in Florida who are Florida Bar Board Certified in Juvenile Law. This perspective makes her uniquely qualified as there are currently no judges in the state of Florida who have this certification. She also serves as a barrister member of the Central Florida Family Law Inns of Court and a member of the Florida Bar and U.S. Middle District Court.
Laura is a native Floridian, born in Daytona Beach and raised in Pensacola where she graduated from the International Baccalaureate Program at Pensacola High. She then attended the University of West Florida studying pre-law where she was on the National Dean’s list for 2 years, University Dean’s List for 6 semesters and the University’s President’s List.
She continued her education at the Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg receiving her Juris Doctor Degree in May, 1998. Upon graduation, Laura moved to Central Florida and began her career working as an Assistant State Attorney, where she rose to the Felony Trial Division and tried by jury cases such as attempted first degree murder, robbery and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Her love of working with children and families gave her an opportunity to continue her work as a Supervising Attorney with the Department of Children and Families. Laura has represented the state and private clients in well over 100 non-jury trials.
In 2008, Laura started her own firm in Orlando, where she continues to practice criminal defense, family law and juvenile law in Orange County, Osceola County and surrounding cities.
Laura is an avid supporter of the United States Armed Forces and her father is a retired Navy Captain. Laura’s husband, Kevin, served in the U.S. Army and has spent the last 25 years working in local and federal law enforcement. Laura has two daughters who are active in their school, as well as musical interests and athletics.
“Serving you as a Judge of the 9th Judicial Circuit Court would be an honor and privilege that would never be taken lightly. Our community can count on my experience to be fair, respectful and treat everyone with dignity.”