CEO Spotlight – Shannon Hartsfield, Holland & Knight


One of many largest legislation corporations on the earth traces its roots again to 1889 and the Sunshine State when Peter Knight opened his apply in Tampa and the establishment that turned Holland & Knight was born. Greater than 80 years later, in 1972, it turned the primary Florida-based mostly legislation agency to open a further workplace in Tallahassee.

That workplace is now helmed by Government Associate Shannon Hartsfield.

“Our Tallahassee workplace permits us to assist the agency’s nationwide shoppers work with the Florida authorities,” stated Ms. Hartsfield. “Our legal professionals and coverage advisors know the way Florida authorities works, and our focus helps our shoppers interface with Tallahassee lawmakers and regulators.”

The Tallahassee workplace gives the camaraderie of a small, shut-knight boutique agency with the assets of the 24th largest legislation agency within the U.S. and the 47th largest on the earth, in accordance with American Lawyer’s 2021 Am Legislation 200 listing and the 2020 International 200 survey. The agency has greater than 1,400 attorneys working in 24 workplaces throughout the U.S. and three worldwide workplaces – in London, Mexico and Colombia, with greater than 380 legal professionals and professionals based mostly amongst its seven Florida workplaces.

The workplace is also house to Karen Walker, the earlier Tallahassee government associate who now heads the firmwide Authorities Part. Ms. Walker splits her time between Tallahassee and Washington, D.C, the place she oversees the availability of regulatory companies and authorities affairs to the agency’s shoppers.

In 1972, Holland & Knight wasn’t the one new addition to the state’s capital. A younger Ms. Hartsfield moved that yr to Tallahassee together with her mom, who was born right here. Ms. Hartsfield has remained in her hometown via faculty and work, attending Florida State College and Florida State College School of Legislation earlier than starting as a summer time affiliate at Holland & Knight in 1994 and an affiliate in 1995. She was appointed as the manager associate of the Tallahassee workplace in February of 2020 and has been acknowledged by quite a few organizations and publications for her authorized skills. Chambers USA – America’s Main Enterprise Legal professionals information has acknowledged Ms. Hartsfield as one of many nation’s prime healthcare legal professionals since 2006, with the newest honor noting that “she has her finger on the heart beat.”

Her capability to arrange for the surprising in authorized issues is also serving her effectively throughout the pandemic. She has guided the legal professionals and coverage advisors in her workplace in offering complete assist to shoppers all through the world as they characterize their pursuits within the capital and throughout the state, which is closely reliant on tourism and contains an intensive and complicated healthcare business.

“Holland & Knight gives a tremendous alternative to serve massive, nationwide shoppers whereas attending to work in a small workplace in a beautiful metropolis,” stated Ms. Hartsfield. “Subsequent yr we’ll have fun 50 years in Florida’s capital. Holland & Knight is dedicated to our presence in Tallahassee, and we stay up for serving shoppers right here for one more 50 years.”


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