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Heidi Isenhart – International Women’s History Month Partner Spotlight

Heidi Isenhart – International Women’s History Month Partner Spotlight

In honor of International Women’s History Month, we will be highlighting our female partners each week. Read below to learn more about SLW partner, Heidi Isenhart:

1. How long have you been at Shuffield, Lowman & Wilson? Since August of 2004. I was the 5th partner to join the firm, the 2nd woman, next to one of the founders, Lynne Wilson, Esq.

2. What drove you to become an attorney? My dad is a country lawyer in a small town in Illinois. Sometimes he got paid in canned goods or pick-up trucks full of corn, for example. Frankly, it was surprising to learn about “bad attorney” jokes when I grew older because my dad was well-respected in the community. My father had a plaque on his wall that read, “Don’t tell your daughter to marry a doctor or lawyer. Tell her to be one.” I loved to volunteer in nursing facilities when I was younger and in college. I wanted to carry on the advocacy that I witnessed for much of my life.

3. What piece of advice do you have for other women aspiring to enter the legal profession? My piece of advice is this: You cannot have it all. You make your choices but you can still be successful in your legal career and your personal family life. I don’t believe that law school traditionally prepares women for the realities of the legal profession nor its sacrifices. I love what I do every day, but it does come with a cost. Going into this profession with a clear vision is important. I am always happy to mentor young women with the realities of practice and encourage them to reach their full potential on many levels. We need to support one another.

4. Who was a female role model or inspiration to you? My mom was an inspiration. She had myself and my twin sister, Allegra, in Venezuela when she and my father were missionaries. My sister did not survive. My mom then raised me and my 3 younger siblings while my dad worked hard to build his legal career. Our family grew all of our own vegetables and hauled water when there was a drought. My mom hosted dinners and kept a positive face when I’m sure she was exhausted with keeping up with the chores of raising a family and being a part of the community. Now there is no question of the joys she felt in these roles. She is an artist and leader in the community choir to this day. I am blessed to have such good parents who sacrificed for myself and my siblings.

Heidi practices in the areas of elder law, Medicaid planning, guardianship, probate and trust administration, probate, guardianship, trust litigation, estate planning, and special needs trusts. Learn more about Heidi by visiting her attorney biography:

Justin McConnell Elected to the Board of the Greater Orlando Society for Human Resource Management

Justin McConnell Elected to the Board of the Greater Orlando Society for Human Resource Management

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – ShuffieldLowman recently announced that attorney Justin McConnell has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Greater Orlando Society for Human Resource Management (GOSHRM).  Director of Legislative Affairs, he will represent the Board by monitoring and evaluating legislative, regulatory and legal action at the federal, state, and local level that may have an impact on the management of human resources. McConnell’s legal practice includes employment law and civil litigation, partnering closely with business owners, management, and human resource professionals.

McConnell holds his J.D. from the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law and his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Central Florida. While in law school, he was a Trial Team Final Four Finalist in the 2013 Regional National Trial Competition, the Best Advocate of the First Annual 1L Closing Argument Competition, and the recipient of Book Awards, which are awards reserved to the top-most performing law students, in both Trial Team and Trial Practice. He is admitted to The Florida Bar and the U. S. District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida.

ShuffieldLowman’s four offices are located in Orlando, Tavares, DeLand and Port Orange. The firm is a 40 attorney, full service, business law firm, practicing in the areas of corporate law, estate planning, real estate, and litigation. Specific areas include tax law, securities, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, estate planning and probate, guardianship and elder law, planning for families with closely held businesses, tax controversy – Federal and State, non-profit organization law, banking and finance, land use and government law, commercial and civil litigation, fiduciary litigation, construction law, association law, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, labor and employment, and mediation.