Lawrence “Larry” Shearer

Larry Shearer has specialized in criminal defense for more than 38 years. He has been in private practice at the same Lakeland location for the past 25 years, as a partner in McDonald & Shearer, P.A., and now on his own. Mr. Shearer began his career with 13 years at the Public Defender’s Office where he was the Chief Assistant to the Public Defender.


Known for defending the most serious and complex of criminal cases, Larry Shearer has represented more than 6000 individuals. He has successfully defended clients charged with nearly every form of crime, including DUI, drug trafficking, theft, burglary, robbery, aggravated battery, sexual battery and murder. He has defended at more than 200 jury trials.

Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer

The Florida Bar first certified Larry Shearer in 1992 as a Specialist in the field of Criminal Trial Law. For information on what Board Certification really means CLICK HERE.

Murder Cases

While the private market demand for murder defense is limited, an attorney’s experience in such cases demonstrates the talent and fortitude to handle any kind of case, no matter how serious, complex or sensitive. Larry Shearer has represented more than 100 individuals charged with murder or manslaughter.

Mr. Shearer has defended the accused at more than 60 murder trials.

While murder defendants are often convicted of some degree of homicide, Mr. Shearer has won acquittals in murder cases with defenses which include mistaken identity, self defense, accident and insanity.

Awards and Degrees

Current President Polk County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Current Chapter Representative Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Jerry DeVane Career Professionalism Award by the Lakeland Bar Association in 2006

AV rating by Martindale Hubbell/Lexis

Juris Doctor law degree University of Florida College of Law in 1977

Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude University of Central Florida 1974

Member of the Florida Bar, and bars of the United States Supreme Court, U.S. 5th and 11th Circuit Courts, and U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida


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