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Press Release: Sean Shaw Joins Florida Law Firm Vanguard Attorneys

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Tampa — Vanguard Attorneys, a boutique personal injury law firm located in the heart of Ybor City is proud to welcome The Honorable Sean Shaw to their team. The appointment of Mr. Shaw underscores and bolsters the firm’s unique commitment to making a measurable impact both in and out of the courtroom. An award-winning and dedicated trial attorney, Sean Shaw is a fearless advocate for consumers, notably running for Florida Attorney General in 2018.  Sean was the Democratic Nominee for Attorney General and was the first African-American nominee for Attorney General in the history of the State of Florida.

Mr. Shaw joins an illustrious and widely recognized team, including Managing Attorney, Karina Perez and former State Senator, Arthenia Joyner who served the people of Florida for more than a decade in the Legislature, both as a State Representative and State Senator and is the longest practicing black female lawyer in the history of Florida.

With over 10 years of experience representing insurance policyholders throughout the state of Florida, Mr. Shaw is a public champion for insurance policyholders as the founder of the Policyholders of Florida, a statewide consumer advocacy coalition.

Mr. Shaw’s current role with Vanguard Attorneys builds upon decades of service. In 2016, Shaw was elected to the Florida House of Representatives from District 61, which encompasses East Tampa, Ybor City, Progress Village, Seminole Heights, and parts of West Tampa. During his time in the legislature, he focused on mentorship programs, closing the gaps in the public school system and ensuring that all kids have access to the best education needed to obtain a bright future. Prior to his time in the legislature, Mr. Shaw was appointed as Florida’s Insurance Consumer Advocate by Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, where he fought to protect Florida families and businesses on insurance matters.

A distinguished attorney, Mr. Shaw has been recognized as a Super Lawyers ‘Rising Star’ since 2017 and was selected among The National Black Lawyers’ Top 40 under 40 in 2017. Legislatively, Mr. Shaw was recognized by Florida Workers Advocates as the Legislative Freshman of the Year in 2017. The same year, he was honored with The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section’s Legislative Leadership Award. In addition to Mr. Shaw’s strong advocacy in the courtroom, he is also the host of WTMP’s radio show ‘Vanguards of Democracy’ where he provides a perspective and commentary on politics and issues faced by Florida consumers.

Sean Shaw is licensed to practice law in Florida and Washington D.C. and is authorized to appear before any state or federal court in the state of Florida.  He is also the proud son of the late Leander J. Shaw Jr., the first African American Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court.

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Silvia Amador Brett Joins Vanguard Attorneys

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Tampa — Vanguard Attorneys, a boutique personal injury law firm in Tampa, Florida, is pleased to welcome associate attorney Silvia Amador Brett to their team. The appointment of Ms. Amador Brett to the firm signifies a continued commitment to excellence through personalized and superior service. Ms. Amador Brett brings a unique background of civil cases in personal injury protection, motor vehicle accidents, and investigation of fraud. A bilingual attorney, Ms. Amador Brett speaks both English and Spanish, and will continue the firm’s mission of providing exceptional legal representation to those who need it the most within our community.

A fierce advocate for her clients, Ms. Amador Brett’s passion to actively help others is demonstrated in both her legal practice and her community involvement.  Drawing upon her prior litigation experience, Amador Brett will ensure the highest level of attention is afforded to clients while at the same time pursuing the maximum recovery available.

Ms. Amador Brett received her B.A. Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida in 2013 followed by her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law in 2016. She was a member of the nationally recognized Trial Advocacy Team on behalf of Stetson where she received the Wehle Trial Advocacy Award for demonstrating excellence in trial advocacy. She is a member of the Florida Bar and actively supports a number of charities, including the Patrick Brett Foundation.

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Vanguard Attorneys Announces New Managing Attorney Karina Perez

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Tampa — Vanguard Attorneys, a boutique personal injury law firm in Tampa, Florida, welcomes attorney Karina Perez as the firm’s new managing attorney. The appointment of Ms. Perez to the firm signifies a continued commitment to excellence through personalized and superior service. As Managing Partner, Ms. Perez brings a diverse background in civil defense and insurance litigation. A trilingual Florida native who speaks Spanish, French and English, Perez continues the firm’s mission of providing exceptional legal representation to those who need it the most and to fortifying the community through a passion and commitment to service.


An aggressive litigator with experience in motor vehicle accidents,  first party coverage claims, catastrophic workplace accidents, contracts and commercial disputes, Ms. Perez is a fierce advocate for clients who have been wrongfully injured. Drawing upon her extensive trial experience, Perez will ensure the highest level of attention is afforded to clients while at the same time pursuing the maximum recovery available.


Attorney Arthenia Joyner, who serves as of counsel to the firm and who has served as a member of the Florida Senate for 10 years, is thrilled regarding the addition of Ms. Perez to the firm. A zealous advocate for the community with 48 years of legal experience over the course of a groundbreaking career as a civil rights activist, community leader, attorney and elected official, Joyner is pleased to see the continuation of strong female leadership and a persistent focus on fighting for justice.


Karina Perez received her B.S.M. from Tulane University in 2007 and graduated from Loyola University in 2010, cum laude. A member of the Florida State Bar, she is admitted to practice in both the U.S District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the Southern District. She is also a certified Continuing Education Instructor for the State of Florida. “My fierce passion to fight for justice for my clients is born out of a desire to provide peace of mind and security to individuals who have been wrongfully injured by the negligence of others. Throughout my career, this desire has fueled my commitment to successfully handle challenging and complex claims in order to provide justice, compensation, and restored livelihood for my clients,” reflected Ms. Perez on her approach to handling personal injury claims.

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Senator Arthenia Joyner Receives Helen Gordon Davis Lifetime Achievement Award

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Last month, at the annual Kennedy-King Dinner, the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee honored Senator Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa) with the Helen Gordon Davis Lifetime Achievement Award.

This honor recognizes Senator Joyner’s lifetime commitment to helping the people of Florida through her various actions in civil rights movements and other leadership abilities. She realizes the importance of this recognition as it embodies Helen Gordon Davis’ spirit and cause.

The leadership qualities displayed by Senator Joyner is what led her to be first selected to legislature 16 years ago. She was the first black woman elected to the position and her ongoing leadership has led to countless victories for those she represents, in and out of the courtroom.

At Vanguard Attorneys, we are extremely proud to not only have Senator Arthenia Joyner as part of our team, but to also know her as a friend. This type of honor is just one of the many reasons she has become a leader in the movement for equality.

Learn more about Senator Joyner by reading her profile.

Need legal help? Call our firm and learn more about what we may be able to do for you.

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Senator Joyner Awarded Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Lifetime Achievement Award

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Awarded to those who make a difference in the profession and in the lives of children, the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Senator Arthenia Joyner, an Of Counsel Attorney with Vanguard Attorneys. This achievement recognizes her ability to make a difference through her various positions and her leadership roles at all levels. This is a prestigious honor for Senator Joyner, and our entire team at Vanguard Attorneys is proud to have her as part of our team.

Read the entire press release here.

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Arthenia Joyner Recognized By The Luminaries 2016

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Senator Arthenia Joyner, an Of Counsel Attorney for Vanguard Attorneys, has been recognized by the Junior League of Tampa in partnership with WEDU as a part of The Luminaries for 2016. This recognition is designated for the outstanding men and women who have had an impact on the community in Tampa through leadership. This recognition means that Arthenia Joyner has proven to be an inspiration in women’s issues, civil rights issues, and more in Tampa.

Attorney Joyner was Hillsborough County’s first African American female lawyer. She is well-respected by her peers and other legal professionals for her persistence in the law. She always tries to do what she feels is best for those who trust her in her position. She is a supporter of people standing up for what they believe in and taking action whenever it is necessary to make your voice heard.

“You have to stand up for what you believe in. It was my belief and I knew that as an American, as a black woman whose ancestors helped build this country, that I had a right to be respected and treated like every other American. I was willing to stand up, go to jail, or die for what I believe was right.”

At Vanguard Attorneys, we are extremely proud to have Arthenia Joyner as part of our staff and we recognize the impact she has had on our community. We admire her leadership and her values, and we would like to congratulate her on this and all recognitions she earns.

To watch the video recognizing Arthenia Joyner, click here.

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Arthenia Joyner Featured in Tampa Magazine

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Senator Arthenia Joyner, an Of Counsel attorney with our firm, was featured in an interview with Tampa Magazine regarding her past, growing up during a time focused on segregation, and her passion for the law and community. After 16 years in the legislature, Hillsborough County’s first African American female attorney is back in private practice, and she is ready to help those in need. The Tampa Magazine interview gives individuals a deeper look at Arthenia Joyner and her commitment to those she works with in her work in law, as well as her community.

Read the entire interview by clicking here.

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Elizabeth Munro Participating in the Big County Preps Teen Summit

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On Saturday, August 13, 2016, Big County Preps will be holding its Teen Summit event. This is a conference for student-athletes within the area to come out, participate in interactive workshops and listen to various seminars. The goal of the organization is to provide these student-athletes with the details they will need during their transition from high school into college and the pros and cons.

The seminar will detail the truths about the world of NCAA recruiting, how to deal with the media, professionalism on and off the field, and alcohol abuse, something that is far too common on U.S. campuses. The seminar will feature Katherine Smith of Bright House Sports Network (Media Etiquette), Kevin Snead, the University of South Florida Senior Associate Vice President and Health Dean of College of Pharmacy (Professionalism), and Rob Cassidy, the Southeast Region Scouting Director for, and Corey Bender,’s Florida Recruiting Analyst (NCAA Recruiting).

From Vanguard Attorneys, managing partner Elizabeth Munro will be the workshop instructor for the alcohol abuse portion of the seminar. She will discuss the challenges that these young athletes may face as they enter a different environment and how alcohol abuse, particularly drinking and driving, can impact their futures.

Vanguard Attorneys Gives Back to the Community

Our Tampa attorneys are committed to making sure we have the opportunities to give back to our community. This is one of the ways in which we do this; making sure young individuals have the chance to fully understand what they will encounter over the next few years. We are also dedicated to representing individuals who have been harmed by those who make dangerous choices regarding alcohol consumption.

Call Vanguard Attorneys to speak with us if you or someone you love was harmed in a negligence-related accident.

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Vanguard Attorneys Participates in Swope, Rodante Vanguard End of the Year Awards Banquet

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On Wednesday, June 1, the Swope, Rodante Vanguard End of the Year Awards Banquet was held at The Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. We are pleased to announce that our legal team at Vanguard Attorneys is part of this program, and our very own Attorney Elizabeth Munro attended the event. During the awards ceremony, various speakers honored the achievements, outstanding performances, and community involvement of various student athletes and coaches.

Markese Hargrove, a senior football player from Plant City High School won the MVP Student Athlete Away. Hargrove plans to play football for the University of South Florida and pursue a degree in Computer Science. Jeanette Rosado, the soccer coach for Leto High School, was elected Female Coach of the Year. Last but certainly not least, Mark Altimari was awarded Male Coach of the Year. Altimari is a track and cross-country coach for Robinson High School.

Vanguard Attorneys Cares About the Community

Because we are passionate about showing constant support to our local community and the people and schools within it, we do our best to stay involved in any way we can. We believe that recognizing and honoring a person’s hard work, dedication, and skills in a specific area, especially when their work contributes to a team goal, is key to unifying an entire community. At Vanguard Attorneys, we do more than provide experienced legal help, we continually work to find solutions to make our community a better place.

To learn more about how our Tampa personal injury lawyers at Vanguard Attorneys are staying active in the community, call our firm right away!

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Vanguard Outreach Director Alonzo Ashwood to Attend G3 Be More Awards

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Vanguard Attorneys’ Community Outreach Director Alonzo Ashwood will be attending the G3 Be More Awards Banquet this Saturday, June 4, 2016. G3 Life Applications, Inc. is a Tampa-based non-profit holistic mentoring organization with a goal of cultivating spiritual, mental, and physical wellness within youths and young adults between the ages of 6 and 18, especially inner city youth.

Statistics show that there are many underprivileged youths throughout the Tampa Bay Region in need of positive effective exposure, tangible mentorship, and the opportunity to broaden their perspective about all kinds of extracurricular activities. G3 works to impact youth, young adults, and communities by transitioning their thinking and inspiring them to excel. Its Be More programs include a focus on literacy, college preparation, life and social skills, and healthy living, and are led by experienced instructors with a passion for improving lives and affecting change. Since its incorporation in 2013, G3 has already served more than 3,000 young people.

The Be More Awards Banquet, described by participants as “Christmas in the summer,” will conclude the 16-week Be More programs. Program participants will be recognized for their accomplishments and pivotal growth moments while being encouraged to continue to strive for excellence in their daily lives.

For more information on G3 Life Applications, please visit them online at