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Francis Jerome Shea, P.A. Practice Areas

Our Jacksonville Law Firm Handles Immigration, Criminal Defense, Business, Trial and Appeals

Francis Jerome Shea, P.A. was founded more than 30 years ago in Jacksonville to deliver comprehensive, experienced legal services to our communities. We represent clients in Northeast Florida counties of Duval, Baker, Nassau, Clay, Putnam, Flagler and St. John’s in a variety of criminal, immigration, business, civil and appellate matters. In addition, we handle immigration and business cases for clients who are located throughout the world.

We are ready to help you with your legal needs. Contact our Jacksonville law firm for a free personal consultation at 904-399-1966 or online.

Criminal Defense

The actions you take during the moments after your arrest can change the outcome of your case. First, you have the right to remain silent. Doing so does not convey guilt, as some defendants mistakenly and damagingly believe. Your words can be used against you and may even be misinterpreted by law enforcement. Second, you have the right to a competent attorney to zealously advocate for you. You should not hesitate to exercise these constitutional rights.

Our criminal defense lawyer has the extensive legal knowledge and the polished trial skills that come with three decades of practice. We are true defenders of the Constitution and of your individual rights.

Our criminal defense team can defend you against such serious charges as:

  • Capital murder
  • Homicide
  • Weapons offense
  • Assault and battery
  • Robbery
  • Sex offense
  • Drug crime
  • RICO crime
  • Theft
  • White-collar crime
  • DUI
  • Juvenile crime

Immigration Law

U.S. immigration laws can make living and working in the United States unnecessarily difficult. One mistake on your application can create damaging delays or even denials of a visa you should have otherwise been entitled to.
Our immigration attorney analyzes your individual circumstances and develops a plan of action for achieving your immigration goals, which may include:

  • Treaty investors
  • Employment-based visas
  • H1Bs
  • Family-based visas
  • Fiancé(e) visas
  • Naturalization
  • Criminal issues
  • Asylum
  • Deportation and removal
  • Waivers
  • BIA appeals
  • Consular processing
  • USCIS interviews
  • ICE investigations


The U.S. court system has checks and balances in place to ensure fairness and justice in the judicial process. An appellate court has the authority to review a trial court ruling — or, in the case of immigration, an agency’s decision — and affirm, reverse or remand the case for further action.
Our appellate lawyer is skilled at identifying appealable issues and composing persuasive, fact-supported arguments to the higher court. Our firm can review your transcripts and evaluate whether a mistake was made in your criminal, civil or immigration case. We also advise you on anticipated costs and chances of success so you can make an informed decision about whether to pursue appeal. However, you must take action quickly; you only have a short window of opportunity to file your appeal after your trial or proceedings.

We can help you with appeals to the various federal and Florida courts, including:

  • Florida Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh District
  • Board of Immigration Appeal (BIA)

Business Law

Whether you are an entrepreneur with a great idea or an established company looking to expand, getting experienced advice can help you reach your goals. Francis Jerome Shea, P.A. acts as virtual general counsel for numerous businesses throughout Northeast Florida and for several international companies and investors. Our knowledgeable business law attorney can assist your company such important matters as:

  • Business formation
  • Contract negotiations
  • Contract drafting
  • Business litigation
  • Risk mitigation
  • Taxation issues
  • Intellectual property
  • Real estate matters
  • Succession planning
  • Business immigration issues


Our organized team thoroughly researches our cases and diligently prepares for trial. Our trial attorney is a dynamic presence in the courtroom, skilled at the art of presenting complex facts in clear language to jurors and judges. We also recognize when settling a dispute is the better alternative. Our attorney is a strategic negotiator during settlement talks and mediation.

Our Jacksonville litigation law firm can help you resolve disputes involving:

  • Business
  • Real estate
  • Family law
  • Personal injury
  • Estate and probate

Consult with an experienced Jacksonville law firm

Call our Jacksonville law firm at 904-399-1966 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.