Jennifer Voss, Esq.


Jennifer Voss is a practicing partner with Shook Hardy & Bacon in Tampa, Florida. With significant experience in all stages of litigation, she has successfully represented clients in both bench and jury trials, and on appeal. She has particular knowledge in proposals for settlement and excluding expert witnesses.

In the last few years, Jennifer has served on seven trial teams representing tobacco companies in wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits. In addition, Jennifer recently second chaired a five-day legal malpractice trial in which the jury returned a defense verdict after deliberating for one hour. She has also argued an appeal on behalf of a Fortune 10 company before Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal, which affirmed the final summary judgment in the client’s favor.

Jennifer received Shook’s “Mosaic Award,” which recognizes outstanding efforts to promote diversity in the workplace.

Jennifer is also passionate about pro bono work, with an emphasis on the rights of children. In 2008, she was individually recognized by the Supreme Court of Florida, the Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar, and the Florida Pro Bono Coordinators Association for exceptional pro bono service. Jennifer also serves as a guardian ad litem for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit and does fundraising for Florida’s Children First.

Jennifer graduated second in her class at the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law. While in law school, she served as the research editor of the Florida Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.

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Hello, My name is Alexia Nechayev. I am 25 years old and I am an alumna of Florida International University where I received my B.A. in Psychology. My future career goal is to be a Lawyer. I was in care for about one year from age 17 to 18. Prior to entering care, I only knew about the negative stigma regarding foster care and while in care that narrative was unfortunately my experience.

In school I felt like I was on display because my status in care was broadcast to other students and in my placement behavior was leveraged for “privileges” that should be a natural right of all children. Because I did not know my rights I did not know that what I was experiencing was wrong. Today this is exactly why I advocate, because I don’t want this to be the same for other youth who are experiencing foster care.

This is my second year on the FYS Statewide Board and I’m happy to be the Events and Meetings Chair this year because my main goal through advocacy is to reach as many people as possible. My favorite thing as a board member is to see how comfortable members become while working together. The community needs to know that youth in foster care are real people, going through some of the hardest moments of their life and youth need to know that their voice is powerful. I believe that we have to speak up and bring these issues to people’s attention so that they do not forget us. Advocacy, education and consistency is the only way.

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