Belkis Plata was born in the Bronx, New York to a Puerto Rican father and Colombian mother. Belkis is fluent in Spanish. Belkis attended Paxon School for Advanced Studies and Mandarin High school in Jacksonville, Florida. Belkis went on and graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology in 2007. During undergrad Belkis worked as an intern for the U.S. Marshals and the Guardian ad Litem Program. In the summer of 2008, Belkis, worked as a legal intern at Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. The following year she worked in Atlanta at the Fulton County District Attorney's Office in the gang unit. Belkis received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2010. While at UF Law, Belkis, worked for the Center of Race and Race Relations, the Reichert House Youth Academy and was a member of GatorTeam Child Juvenile Law Clinic. She was named Take Stock in Children's 2015 Alumni of the Year.
Belkis is no stranger to public service, she began her legal career as a trial attorney at the Public Defender's Office in Jacksonville, Florida where she worked for nearly four years. Belkis began her career in Juvenile Court where she represented hundreds of children charged with both misdemeanors and felonies. Belkis was later assigned to Felony Court and thereafter was promoted to Major Crimes Attorney. During her time at the Public Defender's Office Belkis defended thousands of individuals charged with various crimes from petit theft to attempted murder. While at the Public Defender's Office Belkis was nominated as 2011 Employee of the Year, 2012 Trial Lawyer of the Year, and 2013-2014 Trial Team of the Year.
In 2015, Belkis was honored at the State Capitol and named Alumni of the Year by Take Stock in Children. In 2016, Belkis was presented with the annual Excellence in Mentoring Awards by the National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) at the Library of Congress in D.C. In 2017, Belkis became Board Certified in the Area of Juvenile Law. In 2018, Belkis was recognized by the Florida Bar for her pro bono service.
Various members of the legal community and her clients describe Belkis as someone who exhibits professionalism, courtesy, diplomacy, punctuality, firmness, compassion, humility, patience, selfless and common sense.
Belkis is a member of the Florida Bar and is licensed to practice law in all Florida State Courts and in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. She is a member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Florida Bar Association, Jacksonville Bar Association and the Humans Rights Coalition.
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Shannon Schott was raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She attended The Bolles School and matriculated to the University of Florida, from where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a certification in Public Affairs. She went on to Stetson University College of Law where she interned with a local Personal Injury law firm, an ERISA and Personal Injury law firm in Clearwater, the Attorney General's Office, Children's Legal Services Division and the State Attorney's Office for the 4th and 6th Judicial Circuits. She interned with the Honorable Philip J. Federico in the 6th Judicial Circuit. She received the Blews Pro Bono Award for logging more than 300 hours of service while at Stetson Law, and received a certification in Trial Advocacy. Shannon has practiced law in Jacksonville since her admittance to the Florida Bar in 2010. She is admitted to practice in Florida and the Middle District of Florida. She has tried more than 30 trials to verdict and represented more than 2000 clients. Shannon is actively involved in the legal, civil and philanthropic organizations. She serves on the Board of the Florida Association of Criminal Lawyers Northeast Chapter, and she is the Chairperson of the Criminal Litigation Section of the Jacksonville Bar Association. She is a member of the Jacksonville Justice Association for Personal Injury Attorneys. She previously sat on the board of Junior League of Jacksonville and Jacksonville Women Lawyer’s Association. Shannon volunteers her time with Jacksonville Area Legal Aid and the Women's Board, benefitting Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital, regularly. Shannon is a member of the Florida Bar and is licensed to practice law in all Florida State Courts and in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. She is a Board-Certified Specialist in Juvenile Law.
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Marvin is a proud Cuban-American from Miami, Florida and speaks Spanish fluently. He received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Miami Dade College in 2011. Marvin earned his Juris Doctorate from Florida Coastal School Law in December 2014. While attending law school, Marvin gained valuable legal experience while interning at the Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, and Jacksonville University. His involvement and participation within the community helped him earn a Pro Bono Honors Award at Florida Coastal School of Law. After law school, Marvin strengthened ties to the Jacksonville legal community by interning with Plata Schott Law, working for a tax law firm, and joining various organizations. Marvin will focus mainly on Criminal Law and Personal Injury.
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