Shawn graduated from the Thomas M. Cooley College of Law in December of 2002 with honors. During law school, Shawn was an editor of the Law Review, a member of the 60+ elder law clinic, and participated in the mock trial and moot court programs and competitions.
After graduation, Shawn moved to Central Florida and began his legal career working as a criminal defense attorney in Bartow, FL. Shawn represented clients charged with misdemeanors, DUI, felonies, including, life felonies, murder, and sexual assault. After two years, Shawn stopped working as a criminal defense attorney and started working at a local personal injury law firm. During his practice as a criminal Defense Lawyer, Shawn tried more than 40 cases in front of a jury and received favorable verdicts on the vast majority of those cases.
Shawn further perfected his trial skills by trying several civil cases to verdict over the last 13 years. Civil cases, unlike criminal cases involve disputes between two or more people or companies regarding their legal rights. Both criminal and civil cases present unique legal issues that Shawn is well versed to handle.
In February 2014, Shawn opened JILES LAW P.A. Shawn brings more than 15 years of experience negotiating claims with insurance companies and trying cases against insurance companies to the practice areas of Personal Injury and Social Security Disability.
Shawn is very active in the community. He is a member of the Bartow rotary and has previously served as President of the rotary club. Shawn has previously volunteered his time to teach high school students about the law, trial practice, and procedure. Shawn is a former member of the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity of East Polk County. Shawn is a very proud parent of a 10 year old daughter.
Amy Elizabeth Smith, Of Counsel, started working for Jile's Law, P.A. in September, 2018. Amy's primary practice areas include personal injury litigation and general civil litigation. She has worked as an active trial attorney for nearly fourteen years in multiple areas of the law including personal injury litigation, general civil litigation, criminal litigation, family law litigation, probate litigation, municipal law and appellate practice.
Amy attended Stetson University College of Law where she was awarded a full tuition merit scholarship. During law school, Amy worked as a dean's fellow, trial advocacy teaching assistant, research assistant, and as a legal intern for the Florida Attorney General, Children's Legal Services and the St. Petersburg City Attorney. She also enjoyed working as a volunteer for the 6th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem program. Amy graduated cum laude in May, 2005, with honors including the Victor O. Wehle Trial Advocacy Award and the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award.
Amy perfected her trial skills working as a prosecutor at the Office of the State Attorney, 10th Judicial Circuit. She held multiple positions as an Assistant State Attorney including misdemeanor trial attorney, felony trial attorney, special prosecution trial attorney, misdemeanor assistant director, felony division chief, and special projects attorney. Amy has tried serious felony cases including DUI manslaughter, attempted first degree murder, capital sexual battery, lewd molestation, lewd battery, aggravated child abuse, armed robbery, armed burglary, sexual assault, and drug trafficking. Amy also worked with the Bureau of Special Investigations to prosecute the promotion and possession of child pornography.
As a civil litigator, Amy has handled a wide-range of unique legal matters including litigation of forfeiture proceedings, charter school appeals, civil foreclosures, landlord/tenant disputes, risk assessment, and special needs advocacy.
In her free time, Amy enjoys working as a parent advocate. As a mother of a special needs child, Amy understands parents often need help advocating for the civil and educational rights of their children. Amy dedicates many volunteer hours to helping families navigate through difficult situations such as the development and implementation of individual educational plans.
Amy has been married to her husband Michael for seventeen years. They live in Lakeland where they keep busy raising their three young daughters.