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Shawn G. Rader



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Shawn Rader focuses his practice on real estate litigation, commercial litigation, commercial leases and senior housing, and he is a member of the firm’s practice groups that concentrate on these areas of law. His clients have included title insurance companies, property management companies, ranchers, lenders, developers and individuals who need help in resolving disputes regarding property boundaries, surveys, contracts, leases, plats, mortgages and other matters involving real property. 

Shawn's devotion to a real estate-related practice arises from his connection to the land of Florida, as reflected in his love for Patrick Smith's book, A Land Remembered, and his collection of Florida Highwaymen paintings. 

Shawn is a charter member of the American Bar Association Title Insurance Litigation Committee, serving as its first vice-chairman and as its second chairman. He is also a member of the Florida Land Title Association, where he is a charter member of the FTLA Claims Round Table Committee.

An accomplished author and speaker, Shawn has had four articles published in The Florida Bar Journal and was coauthor of the Title Insurance Law Article in the ABA Tort & Insurance Law Journal. He has served as chairman of The Florida Bar Grievance Committee for Orange County and as president of the Orange County Bar Association Legal Aid Society.  He was also chairman of the City of Orlando Civil Service Board, chairman of the City of Orlando Chapter 57 Board, and vice chairman of the 2012 Orange County Charter Review Commission.  

Shawn is a native of Kentucky and moved to Orlando in 1961. He then spent the decade of the 1970s in North Carolina before returning to Orlando to practice law at Lowndes in 1980.

Having practiced for over 40 years, Shawn brings his clients a wealth of knowledge and experience from which to draw. He has mentored attorneys both within the firm and the community. Shawn has also served as an expert witness in cases for attorneys outside the firm. He is a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.

Representative Matters

  • Procured the enforcement of a recorded covenant and restriction which prevented the client's drugstore competitor from opening across the street. 
  • Procured an injunction preventing a tenant's contractor from ripping newly installed electric wiring from the client's office building.
  • Procured a judgment realigning lot lines for a plot in an already developed neighborhood where the legal descriptions overlapped with an adjoining plot. 
  • Negotiated the settlement of a 60-foot easement which crossed the entire length of a 100-acre parcel in the Florida Panhandle.
  • Procured a judgment preserving the boat dock and riparian rights of a homeowner. 
  • Successfully handled suits both preserving and extinguishing easements on property, and procuring ways of necessity for access.
  • Successfully handled suits defeating borrowers' homestead and forgery defenses to mortgage foreclosures. 
  • Handled hundreds of eviction and lease interpretation cases. 

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Community Activities

  • Legal Aid Society for Orange County, past President
  • City of Orlando Chapter 57 Board, former Chairman
  • WMFE Community Advisory Board, past Board Member
  • Orlando Civil Service Board, former Chairman
  • Orlando Jaycees, former Vice-President
  • Orlando Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Board
  • Leadership Winter Park Alumni Association Advisory Board, past President
  • Orange County Charter Review Commission, past Vice-Chairman


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, 2006-2022
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2010-2021
  • "Awesome Attorneys," Orlando Family Magazine, 2021
  • Knight of the Claims Round Table Committee, Florida Land Title Association 

Professional Certifications & Memberships

  • Florida Land Title Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Title Insurance Litigation Committee, past Chairman


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