Sean Shaw, Esq.

Sean Shaw, Esq.

Sean Shaw believes in being an advocate inside AND outside of the courtroom. He understands the issues from all sides—as a regulator, as an attorney, and as a legislator. In all roles, he believes in standing up for consumers. Sean receives great satisfaction helping clients affected by the BP Oil Spill. He finds it very rewarding to assist these citizens with their claims and believes that they are innocent victims subjected to arbitrary processes. They just happened to have an unlucky address.

As Florida’s former Insurance Consumer Advocate, Mr. Shaw has made a substantial contribution to Merlin Law Group’s depth of knowledge regarding insurance policyholder advocacy. Sean currently practices out of the firm’s Tampa office.

Sean’s written and oral advocacy have made significant differences in the state’s legislative process. In order to advance that mission, he founded an active advisory group called Policyholders of Florida. Those concerned about the future of insurance law from a regulatory and legislative standpoint, seek out Sean to learn more about what he and his coalition hope to achieve.

Sean was elected to represent District 61 in the Florida House of Representatives and served on the insurance and banking subcommittee. In addition, in 2018 Sean was the Democratic Nominee for the Office of Florida Attorney General. As a result, Sean became the first African American nominee for the Office of Florida Attorney General in the history of the state.

In addition to advocating for consumers, Sean is very proud of the fact that his father was the first African American Chief Justice of the State of Florida.


As Florida’s ICA, Sean served on the following boards:

Subscriber Assistance Panel (SAP)

Florida Workers’ Compensation Joint Underwriting Association (FWCJUA)

Florida Surplus Lines Service Office (FSLSO)

Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology (FCHLPM)

Florida Workers’ Compensation Insurance Guaranty Association (FWCIGA)

Florida Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (Appeals Board)



University of Florida Levin School of Law
Gainesville, Florida

Juris Doctor

Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey

Bachelor of Arts, Politics

  • Classes/Seminars Taught

    Guest Panelist, FAIR Annual Conference (Florida Association for Insurance Reform), 2016

    Panelist at the conference, Hurricane Andrew 20 Years Later, Hosted by FIU Metropolitan Center, the School of International and Public Affairs, and the College of Arts and Sciences, 2012

    Guest Lecturer on Various Insurance Issues, FSU College of Law

    “What Every Consumer Should Know About Property Insurance” – The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, June 2011

    “Consumer Perspective” – Florida Insurance Market Summit, 2010

    “Consumer Perspective” – Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund Participating Insurer Workshop, 2010

    “Consumer Update” – FAPIA Winter and Summer Conference, 2010

    “State of the Worker’s Compensation System” – Florida Workers Advocates Annual Education Conference, 2010

    Testimony before the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures regarding the Proposed Reinsurance Tax – Washington DC, 2010

    “Consumer Perspective” – Florida Insurance Market Summit, 2010

    “Insurance Update” – Florida Justice Association Annual Convention 2009

    “Florida Consumer Issues” – AUSBANC International Conference, 2009

    “Regulator update / Health Insurance Breakout Session” – Florida Insurance Council Summer Meeting, 2009

    “Consumer Tips for Hurricanes” – Hurricane Awareness Seminar for Small Businesses, 2009

    “Panel-Do we need a Systemic Regulator?” – Competitive Enterprise Institute Washington DC, 2009

    “Panel-Making Reform Work” – Competitive Enterprise Institute New Orleans, 2009

  • Honors & Awards

    Florida Workers Advocates Legislative Freshman of the Year, 2017

    Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters Legislator of the Year, 2017

    Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section Legislative Leadership Award, 2017

    The National Black Lawyers Top 40 under 40, 2017

    Super Lawyers, Rising Star, since 2017

  • Professional Associations & Memberships

    Florida Bar Association

    Washington D.C. Bar Association

    American Bar Association

    National Bar Association

    Windstorm Insurance Network

    National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (NAPIA) Associate Member

    Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (FAPIA) Associate Member

    American Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (AAPIA)

    Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

    George Edgecomb Bar Association

    Hillsborough County Bar Association

    Florida Justice Association

    Tampa Bar Trial Lawyers Association