Shannon McLin Carlyle founded The Carlyle Appellate Law Firm, and co-founded The Florida Appellate Alliance after serving as a staff attorney at Florida's Fifth District Court of Appeal. She practices complex civil appellate litigation in state and federal courts, and a significant portion of her work is in the family law arena. Ms. Carlyle is board-certified in appellate practice and is a certified circuit court and appellate mediator. She is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has consistently been selected as one of Florida Trend's Legal Elite and as a Florida Superlawyer in appellate practice. For the past two consecutive years, Ms. Carlyle has been named one of Florida's Top 50 Women Lawyers. Ms. Carlyle is active in The Florida Bar. She is Chair of the Appellate Practice Certification Committee, and served on the Executive Council of The Florida Bar's Appellate Practice Section where she chaired the Outreach Committee. Ms. Carlyle lectures and writes on issues important to appellate courts and practitioners. Ms. Carlyle is a member of The Florida Bar, the Orange County Bar Association, the Lake County Bar Association, and the Marion County Bar Association. She earned her J.D., cum laude, from Pepperdine University School of Law where she was associate editor of the Pepperdine Law Review and her B.A., cum laude, from the University of Central Florida.
Although her practice is statewide, Ms. Carlyle is active in her local community. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of First Green Bank, the first environmentally focused bank in the Southeast, the Hans and Cay Jacobsen Foundation, and The Villages Charter School Buffalo Scholarship Foundation. She also served as Vice President of Habitat for Humanity of Lake County, Inc., as well as on the organization's board. She was also a member of Leadership Lake County and served as President of the Class of 2001.