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Siobhan Helene Shea


Siobhan Helene Shea is a member of the firm’s Appellate Practice group. Shea joined Conroy Simberg after twenty-two years at an AV-Preeminent rated statewide appellate law firm Sheappeals PLLC, where she handled all types of appeals and extraordinary writs.

After earning a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law, Shea worked in white collar defense appeals with Joseph Beeler and was Of Counsel in HRC v. Baker, a federal class action appeal against the U.S.  government challenging the unlawful interdiction on the high seas and return of Haitian refugees seeking political asylum following unlawful overthrow of the democratically elected government. Shea then started the Palm Beach law firm Shea & Tannenbaum, P.A., before serving for three years an appellate Public Defender for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit where she also developed and ran a community outreach program to speak to students and community organizations about the role of the Public Defender and constitutional law.

Shea is a Past Chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar and a Past Chair of the Appellate Court Rules Committee of the Florida Bar. She has served as Statewide President of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and the President of the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

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Admitted to Practice:

  • Florida 1991
  • United States Supreme Court


  • University of Miami School of Law, Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1991
  • Earlham College, B.A., Political Science, 1985

Professional Affiliations:

  • Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar Executive Council 2001- present; Immediate Past Chair 2009-2010; Chair 2008-2009; Chair-Elect 2007- 2008; Vice-Chair 2006 – 2007; Secretary 2005- 2006; Treasurer 2004- 2005; Co-Editor Self-Represented Handbook; Editor, The Record, Journal of the Appellate Practice Section 2002-2004; Co-Editor 2001-2002; Assistant Editor 2000-2001; Co-Editor The Pro Se Appellate Handbook 2006-present; Planning Committee Appellate Justice Conference 2007; Liaison to American Bar Association Appellate Judges Education Institute 2009; Outreach Co-Chair 2012-2013; Outreach Chair 2013-2014
  • Appellate Court Rules Committee of the Florida Bar 2008-2013; 1999-2005; Chair 2004-2005; Vice Chair 2003-2004; Criminal Appellate Rules Subcommittee 2008-present; 1999-2005 (Vice Chair 2002- 2008); Family Appellate Rules Subcommittee 2008-present; 2001-2005; Civil Rules 4 Subcommittee 2008- present; 2003-2004; Appellate Record Issues Subcommittee 2008-present; 2003-2004; General Rules Subcommittee 2003-2004; Vice Chair Orientation Subcommittee 2003-2004; Ad Hoc Member Privacy Committee 2006-2005
  • American Bar Association Council of Appellate Lawyers CAL Executive Board 2001-2002 Editor CAL Newsletter 2002-2003; Member CAL Appellate Rules Committee 2005 –2013
  • Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Committee Member 2020 - 2022
  • Florida Bar Diversity and Inclusion Committee Member 2019 – 2022
  • Member Florida Bar’s Entertainment Law Section. “One For the Road” a Promoter’s and Booking Legal Seminar 2009; Legislative Committee 2012- 2013. ABA Entertainment Law Host Committee Annual Symposium on Music, Sports and Entertainment Law 2010; 2015 Symposium Attendee
  • Honorary Board Member Equal Opportunities Section of the Florida Bar 2002-2005
  • Past President Florida Association for Women Lawyers Statewide; President and delegate to Florida Bar Board of Governors 2002-2003 and 2001-2002; President-elect 2001-2002; Chair Amicus Committee 2005; Past Historian; Started the Henry Latimer Joint Luncheon and Awards Presentations at the Annual Meeting for the Florida Bar
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers Palm Beach County Chapter Past President, State Representative 2001-2002; President 1999-2000; Vice President 1998-1999 and 1996-1997; Newsletter Editor 1997-1998; Treasurer 1995-1996
  • Fourth District Court of Appeal Fiftieth Anniversary Founding Executive Board Member; Past Chair Website
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association Appellate Practice Committee Member (Chair 2001-2002); Judicial Campaign Practices Commission 2002; Professionalism Committee 2002-2005; 1999-2000; Historical Committee 2003-2006; Diversity and Inclusion Committee 2019-present
  • B'Nai B'Rith Palm Beach Justice Unit President 2001-2002; President-elect 2000-2001; Vice President 1999-2000
  • Emeritus Member Craig S. Barnard American Inns of Court

Honors & Awards:

  • American Immigration Lawyers’ Association Human Rights Award
  • Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar's Annual Pro Bono Award
  • Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award
  • Palm Beach County Women’s Chamber of Commerce Giraffe Award
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in Appellate Practice "A-V" rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite Appellate Practice in Florida
  • Super Lawyer Appellate Practice by Thomson Reuters


  • “Civil Appeals in Florida” Florida Appellate Practice Manual, LEXIS (Eleventh, Tenth, Ninth, Eighth and Seventh Editions)
  • “Extraordinary Writs: An Overview” Florida Appellate Practice Manual, LEXIS (Eleventh, Tenth Editions)
  • “Criminal Appeals in Florida” Florida Appellate Practice Manual, LEXIS (Sixth Edition)
    "Quo Warranto" Florida Appellate Practice Manual, LEXIS (Fifth Edition)
  • "Inside the Fourth DCA" Florida Appellate Practice Guide, 2005, 2003, 2002 Editions
  • "ABA Council of Appellate Lawyers Convenes in New York" The Appellate Practice Section Record, Fall 2001
  • "Helping Juveniles at Risk in Florida" FAWL Journal Spring 2003
    "The First Amendment Right of Access to Clients and Counsel: HRC v. Baker" 23 Inter-Am. L. Rev. 1992

Speaking Engagements:

  • A Woman of Valor Award Presentation AJC
  • Appellate Practice Palm Beach County Paralegals Association
  • Practicing Before the Fourth DCA, Palm Beach County Bar

Representative Experience: 

  • K.M. v. State, _ So.3d _ (Fla. 2nd DCA 2023)
  • Tinker v. State, 341 So.3d 1136 (Fla. 4th DCA 2022)
  • Fountain v. State, 318 So.3d 626 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2021)
  • Nangle v. Nangle, 286 So.3d 377 (Fla. 4th DCA 2019)
  • Salomon v. State, 267 So.3d 25 (Fla. 4th DCA 2019)
  • Augustin v. State, (Fla. 4th DCA 2018)
  • Edwards v. State, (Fla. 4th DCA 2018)
  • Dabbs v. State, 229 So.3d 359 (Fla. 4th DCA 2017)
  • Heare v. State, 205 So. 3d 823 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2016)
  • Fye v. Bennett, 193 So. 3d 994 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016)
  • Dorelus v. State, 154 So. 3d 1206 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2015)
  • Jackson v. State, 159 So. 3d 971 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2015)
  • McCray v. State, 121 So. 3d 603 (Fla. 4th DCA 2013)
  • Morrell v. Morrell, 103 So. 3d 985 (Fla. 4th DCA 2012)
  • Allen v. State, 62 So. 3d 1199 (Fla. 4th DCA 2011)
  • Koszola v. Saratoga Bay Homeowners’ Ass’n, 23 So. 3d 1253 (Fla. 4th DCA 2009)
  • Metz v. State, 15 So. 3d 32 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2009)
  • Tedder v. State, 18 So. 3d 1052 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2008)
  • Hernandez v. State, 16 So. 3d 336 (Fla. 4th DCA 2009)
  • Mitchell v. State, 2 So. 3d 287 ( Fla. 2nd DCA 2007)
  • Jaye v. Royal Saxon, Inc. and Small and Small P.A., 900 So. 2d 634 (Fla. 4th DCA 2005)
  • Garrell v. State, 972 So. 2d 240 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2007)
  • Montalvo v. Montalvo, 949 So. 2d 350 (Fla. 4th DCA 2007)
  • Smith v. State, 880 So. 2d 730 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2004)
  • Swanson v. Swanson, 888 So. 2d 117 (Fla. 4th DCA 2004)
  • Otero v. State, 807 So. 2d 666 (Fla. 4th DCA 2001)
  • Haitian Refugee Ctr., Inc. v. Baker, 789 F.Supp. 1552 (S.D.Fla.1991)

Community Involvement:

  • Young Friends of the Red Cross Beach Bash Host Committee
  • Israel Bonds Young Leadership Cabinet Member
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Red Roses Gala and Arthur’s Jam Host
  • Rebekkah’s House Board Member, Fundraising Co-Chair
  • Planned Parenthood Drag Me to the Ball Host Committee

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