Shanika President is a legal assistant who works under the direction and supervision of attorneys Alyson M. Laderman and Michael J. LaPorte on Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Litigation for Bloodworth Law, PLLC, in Orlando, Florida.
Shanika has legal assistant and paralegal experience in criminal defense law, personal injury law, and PIP litigation.
Originally from the U.S. Virgin Islands, Shanika grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida. She worked in retail management after graduating from Clark Atlanta University.
“I always wanted to either be an attorney or work in the legal field,” Shanika said. “I did an internship with a criminal defense attorney, and while there, I witnessed someone get sentenced to 20 years for something that I did not believe they did.
“Because of Florida’s minimum mandatory laws, it was mandatory that the judge sentence him. This experience made me want to be more involved.”
Shanika founded the non-profit organization Families Behind the Wall, created for parents and family members with a loved one in prison. The purpose of the organization is to bridge the gap between the parent on the inside and the child on the outside.
A former ballerina, pianist, violinist, and a clarinet player in marching band, Shanika has shared ballet with her daughter. She admits to being a proud, and very well-behaved, “Dance Mom.”
- Clark Atlanta University, B.S., Business Administration, April 2014
- Bloodworth Law, PLLC, August 2019 – Present
- Hogan & Hogan, February to August 2019
- Tangle Rodriguez & Associates August 2017 – February 2019
- DeSantis, Gaskill, Smith & Shenkman Attorneys at Law, P.A., September 2015 – August 2017
- Certified Registered Paralegal, August 2016
- National Federation of Paralegal Associations
- Founder, Families Behind the Wall, September 2016
“I really like working on PIP because you don’t have to babysit the cases. It’s about knowing the law, following up on the many details, and working closely with and for the attorneys.
“I think it’s important to make sure that our clients are always informed, and making sure that we always do right by them. So often you’ll have insurance companies throwing out things just to get the case settled. But that’s not always in the best interest of our clients.
“So it’s more about just keeping them informed and telling them what’s happening. Then it helps them to do the most they can with the information that we give them.”