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Amy Shay’s distinct practice involves the most complex of legal issues that corporate entities and professionals confront.  Whether developing claims or defenses in a civil RICO action or representing a professional whose conduct is the subject of a grand jury investigation, she adapts her strategy to meet the specific needs of her client at every stage.  She believes it is never too early or too late to pursue vigorous and creative strategies for the advantage of her clients.  Her tireless and often bold approach to defending professionals facing criminal charges emphasizes that the best defense is a good offense.  She matches her thorough understanding of evidence and procedure from her extensive trial experience with a resolve to always outwork her adversary. 

Ms. Shay also brings tireless determination to her appellate practice, whether she handled the trial proceeding or is brought in after the fact to analyze and brief the possible errors by the trial court.  In both civil and criminal appellate proceedings, in either state or federal court, she has the necessary skills to brief and argue her clients appellate issues.  In addition, Ms. Shay has the experience needed to seek stays of proceedings and extraordinary writs.  Outside the courtroom, she is able to manage her client’s message in highly publicized cases, in addition to quietly handling volatile matters so they remain undiscovered by the media.  She also vigorously represents professionals facing investigations by administrative agencies such as the Department of Financial Regulation and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Ms. Shay is an “AV” rated attorney, the highest rating achievable for legal ability and ethics by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is the facilitator of the peer review process that rates attorneys. The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. *

Ms. Shay is a past Chair of one of The Florida Bar’s Grievance Committees for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. The Grievance Committee participates in the regulation of the professional conduct of attorneys.  She has lectured on various legal topics to attorneys and other professionals at legal education seminars and to students at the University of Central Florida. 


Juris Doctorate, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 1995
Bachelor of Science, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, 1992

Courts of Admission

  • The Florida Bar
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

*Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.  The ratings “CV,” “BV” and “AV” are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies.