Meet Our Attorneys

Our attorneys practice many areas of law, including Juvenile Delinquency, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Traffic, Criminal Traffic including DUIs, and Family Law. They are all members of the Florida Bar and are licensed to practice law in all Florida State Courts and in the United States District Court.


 

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Shannon Schott

Partner 

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. She has been named an Ultimate Attorney by Jacksonville Business Journal and named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2016, 2017, and 2018.  She was also honored by The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division in 2014-2018 for her pro bono work.

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 Co-Chairperson of the Solo and Small Firm Committee 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, benefiting Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital, regularly.

Shannon is a Board Certified Specialist in Juvenile Law. Adopted as a child, she is committed to helping children in the Dependency system.  She also dedicates her time to educating children and their families about  their legal rights in Criminal and Personal Injury cases.

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Belkis Plata

Partner

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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Karin Brown

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Karin R. Brown was born and raised in Miami, Florida to cuban and South American parents.  She attended the University of Florida on a full academic scholarship where she graduated cum laude. During her undergraduate studies, Karin was selected for the prestigious opportunity of interning with the Florida Governor’s Office in Tallahassee, Florida. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she went on to attend Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. During her time in law school, Karin served as a member of the Student Leadership Committee and was awarded the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award and the Stetson Law Leadership Certificate.  She also clerked for a law firm in Tampa, Florida where she later worked as an associate attorney.  She is experienced in personal injury, family law, criminal law, and civil litigation matters. Karin’s volunteer work includes serving as a Guardian Ad Litem where she advocated on behalf of abused and neglected children. Karin is a member of the Florida Bar and is bilingual in Spanish.

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Marvin De Armas

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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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