City Attorney Lewis E. Shelley
Lewis E. Shelley took office on January 1, 2013 as the City of Tallahassee’s City Attorney. Prior to his appointment, for the past 20 years Mr. Shelley served as the Deputy City Attorney.
Mr. Shelley received Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in History with high honors from the University of Florida, and went on to receive a law degree with honors from the University of Florida’s College of Law in 1977.
After being admitted to The Florida Bar in 1977, Mr. Shelley immediately began representing municipal and local governments in Florida, specializing in labor relations, personnel, and employment discrimination matters.
In 1983, Mr. Shelley was appointed by Governor Graham as a Commissioner on the Florida Public Employee Relations Commission. After serving four years as a Commissioner, he returned to private practice representing Florida municipalities and county governments, most notably the City of Tallahassee, as a partner in the Henry and Buchanan law firm in Tallahassee.
Mr. Shelley is a member in good standing with The Florida Bar, United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
When he is not serving the City of Tallahassee and its citizens, Mr. Shelley enjoys spending time in various outdoor pursuits with his wife, Linda, and their son Adam. He is actively involved at his church and as a volunteer with several non-profit organizations in Tallahassee.
Mr. Shelley is delighted to carry on the high professional standards established by City Attorney Emeritus, James R. English, in leading the City Attorney’s Office.