LaFrance Family Law is a firm with the singular focus of providing our clients with the best representation possible, emphasizing diligence, personal attention, efficiency, and excellence.
LaFrance Family Law brings the client experience and seasoned attorneys without the big-firm billing and big-firm feeling that a client is just a number, whose personal situation just doesn’t matter. To LaFrance Family Law treating each client as a unique individual is essential. Focusing on the client is necessary because you’re an individual, not just another case.
Every family law matter is unique and personal.
The issues presented are the most important of your life. The sense of loss over the end of the marriage and the unknown consequences that it brings can be overwhelming. You may be asking, “How will my children be impacted?” “What will happen to my time with my children?” or “What happens to my home?” “What happens to my retirement savings?” “Will I lose my business?” “How will I manage to provide for myself and my children?” The Tampa divorce lawyers at LaFrance Family Law provide individual and compassionate guidance and counsel to assist people who are faced with one of the most difficult experiences of their lives. Our firm provides a level of service to every client, whether it’s a divorce, paternity, custody or modification of a prior order as if you were a family member. You will receive prompt responses to your calls or emails and sound and honest advice.
Combined with our demand that we provide a personal level of service to you, LaFrance Family Law understands that while it is desirable, where possible, to resolve cases short of trial, being prepared to try your case is mandatory. If an aggressive approach is required based upon the circumstances of your case, we will act to protect your interests. As our client, we will give you advice and options based upon the unique facts of your case as applied to the existing law. You will never be forced to settle your case. We will diligently prepare your case in order to negotiate from a position of strength to achieve the best possible resolution.
Practicing Civil, Criminal and Administrative Law
Shannon LaFrance has over 20 years of civil, administrative and criminal practice experience in local, state and federal courts and tribunals. Ms. LaFrance has experience in the areas of family law and dependency, real estate, land use, environmental, association, insurance, labor, municipal, appellate, personal injury and criminal law. Ms. LaFrance began her career in 1994 with a large firm in New York where she rotated through practice areas with very seasoned and respected attorneys to develop and hone her practice skills. Over the course of her career, she has represented a wide variety of clients including multi-national corporations, municipalities, not-for-profit corporations, start-ups and husbands, wives and children. Ms. LaFrance brings her multi-faceted experience to her family law practice to better serve her clients.
Ms. LaFrance received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) cum laude From Albany Law School in 1993 where she served on the Executive Board of the Albany Law Review in her third year of law school. She also earned a B.A. in Government from Franklin & Marshall College where she is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame and an All-American. She is licensed to practice law in Florida, New York, and New Hampshire and is a member of the bar associations in each of those states.
Ms. LaFrance believes in volunteering in her community and devotes her spare time to assisting kids and young adults with legal issues.
Ms. LaFrance has worked as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit courts in Hillsborough County in Tampa since 2012. She has also collaborated with the students and professors at Cornell Law School and Pace University School of Law on public policy issues important to the students in order to give the young adults a voice, and promote positive legislative changes and foster inter-municipal cooperation. Ms. LaFrance served as county legislator for three two-year terms where, among many other things, she helped ensure the well-being of children and their families by working with the county sheriff to establish an amber alert system in the county, budget annually for programs for special needs kids and ensure that parents had adequate legal representation in family court each year she served as an elected official.
Ms. LaFrance’s commitment to all her clients is to provide diligent, honest and effective representation.
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Practicing Tampa Family Law & Civil Litigation
Chris has been practicing law (including family law) since 1993 and has been focusing solely on family law for the last 10 years.
Mr. LaFrance is licensed to practice law in both the State of Florida and New York and has been a civil litigator and family law practitioner for over twenty years.
Mr. LaFrance’s legal career began in Albany, New York where he administered estates and assisted with matrimonial cases. These civil legal matters included litigation of matrimonial matters, medical malpractice and personal injury cases, bench trials, and the negotiation of commercial transactions. Chris has also appeared before New York Appellate Courts. Mr. LaFrance’s experience, professionalism, and dedication reflect the LaFrance Family Law philosophy of providing excellent, efficient, prompt and diligent service for the firm’s clients.
Legal Associations – Chris LaFrance is a member of the Florida Bar Association and the Hillsborough County Bar Association.
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