About Attorney Shawn Lupella

For over 10 years and over 5000 court appearances, I have defended residents and visitors charged with all types of criminal offenses, from DUIs and Domestic Violence charges–to the most serious and complex felony cases. I have had many jury trials and have represented those charged with capital offenses, including murder.

I attended law school at the University of North Dakota. While there I focused on trial advocacy and litigation and worked some excellent attorneys at Zimney, Foster, P.C. It truly was a wonderful experience to be a part of a top-rated defense firm. So even as a law student, I was able to work with some of the best and brightest attorneys in their fields. I learned the art of being a zealous advocate while having impeccable professionalism. I worked in the areas of Insurance Defense, Commercial Law, and Federal Criminal Law.

Upon graduation, I moved to Navarre, Florida with my family and started working as a civil prosecutor for child abuse and neglect cases with the Florida Department of Children and Families. Afterwards, I decided to move away from the prosecution side to the defense so I rounded out my experience by working as an Assistant Public Defender in Okaloosa County.

Since then I have handled all types of cases in private practice, and in the process, have honed my skills as a technical and proficient criminal defense practitioner. And while some criminal attorneys focus only on the bare facts and elements of a case, I have found it essential to have a command of criminal procedure process and the methodological aspects of that representation, in order to be a successful criminal defense attorney. In addition, I have practiced law in front of every Judge in the area and I have also learned how the State’s Attorney Offices operates and how to negotiate with prosecutors.

I offer my services to clients with the hope to bring them an aggressive defense while protecting them against powerful forces. I have learned to strike the right balance of smart, tactical, strategic aggressiveness in order to keep my clients out of harm’s way while seeking the best possible outcome for each and every client’s case.

My criminal defense practice is focused on bringing the best possible legal representation to the Florida Panhandle, the beautiful Emerald Coast including: Okaloosa, Walton, and Santa Rosa Counties. My main office is centrally located in Fort Walton Beach, but I am willing to meet clients at one of my satellite office locations in Destin, Crestview, or Defuniak Springs.