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Shannon Puopolo named a Gulfshore Business Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Honoree

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is pleased to announce that stockholder Shannon M. Puopolo has been selected as one of Gulfshore Business Magazine’s 2021 “40 Under 40.”

Puopolo joined Henderson Franklin as a summer associate before her final year at the University of Miami School Of Law and has spent her entire career at the firm. In 2019, she was appointed as the first female Hiring Chair, responsible for hiring the brightest talent to guide Henderson Franklin’s future. Managing Stockholder Douglas Szabo shares:

“Shannon is a talented business litigator and works tirelessly in the community. She is quite deserving of such a prestigious award that recognizes leaders for their work not only in their profession but also for their significant contributions to our communities.”

Puopolo distinguishes herself in the realm of alternative finance law, a new up-and-coming area of law in Florida. She represents companies and financial institutions involved in complex business litigation matters, including alternative finance transactions, association law, collection matters, commercial and residential eviction proceedings, creditors’ rights in bankruptcy, lien law, partnership disputes, real estate and trust modification litigation.

In the community, Puopolo has devoted countless hours volunteering. She was elected to the inaugural board of the Lee County Bar Association Foundation and currently serves as vice president. For the last five consecutive years, she has chaired the Lee County Bar Association’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament, raising over $100,000 to fund grants to local charities, including Big Brothers/Sisters, Valerie’s House, and the Guardian Ad Litem Foundation to name a few.

Throughout her career, Puopolo has been honored as one of Business Observer’s “40 Under 40” (2020) and recognized by Florida Super Lawyers® magazine as a “Rising Star” in the field of business litigation for nine consecutive years (2012—2020). Naples Illustrated magazine has also named her a “Top Lawyer” in business litigation and mortgage banking foreclosure law every year since 2018.

Puopolo received her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law, cum laude, and her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She may be reached at 239.344.1116 or via email at

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