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Michael M. Shemkus


As a partner at Long, Murphy & Shemkus, P.A., Michael M. Shemkus exclusively practices family law. As a Florida Supreme Court Board Certified Specialist in Marital & Family Law, Michael is committed to helping clients navigate family law proceedings with confidence and dignity, applying his knowledge in this field to seek the best possible result based on each client’s individual goals, needs, and concerns.

Michael received his B.A. from Lewis & Clark College and his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law. He joined Long, Murphy & Shemkus, P.A. in 2016 after working as an associate at a firm in Illinois. His practice includes all areas of family law and divorce, such as custody, support, domestic violence, and complex property allocation.

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Marital and Family Law, The Florida Bar, 2023

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2014
  • Illinois, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois


  • University of Illinois College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 2013
  • Lewis & Clark College
    • B.A. - 2008
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Economics

Published Appellate Opinions

  • Formica v. Vergo, --- So.3d --- (Fla. 6th DCA 2024)
  • Reiser v. Reiser, 363 So.3d 1059 (Fla. 6th DCA 2022)
  • Gillespie v. Holdsworth, 333 So.3d 278 (Fla. 2d DCA 2022)
  • Gillespie v. Minning, 330 So.3d 981 (Fla. 2d DCA 2021)
  • Marzucco v. Maconi, 254 So.3d 928 (Fla. 2d DCA 2018)

Published Works

  • The Dubious Role of Pregnancy in Dissolution of Marriage Proceedings, Vol. XXIX, No. 3 (Spring 2023), The Family Law Commentator
  • The Pros & Cons of Private Judges in Family Law Proceedings, Adverse Witness, Vol.195, 2021
  • Invasion of Capital Assets in Determining Alimony, Adverse Witness, vol. 186, 2020
  • Streamlining Your Dissolution of Marriage (or Civil) Judgment to Convey or Transfer Real Property, ActionLine, vol. XXXXI, no.2, Winter 2019-2020
  • Who Signs the Certificate of Service? Rule 12(b)(3) and the Pitfalls of Noncompliance , Newsletter of the ISBA’s Section on Civil Practice and Procedure , vol. 61 no. 4 , 2016
  • Parties Must Now File Parenting Plans Even in the Slightest Modification Proceedings, Newsletter of the ISBA’s Section on Family Law, vol. 60 no. 4 , 2016


  • "Practice & Procedure: Anatomy of a Pleading," (co-presenter) Collier County Bar Association, Family Law Section (5/31/2024)
  • "Strange Developments in Recent Case Law," Halfmoon Education, Inc. (1/17/2024)
  • "Alimony Reform Act (Part II)," Association of Family Law Professionals (11/16/2023)
  • "Alimony et al. Reform," Charlotte County Bar Association (8/10/2023)
  • "Alimony Reform Act (Part I)," Association of Family Law Professionals (6/15/2023)
  • "Technology-Phishing, Pharming, Smishing, and Other Cyberattacks that Can Ruin a Lawyer's Career," (co-presenter) Charlotte County Bar Association (2/22/2023)
  • "Child Tracking Devices and Parenting Plans: The Tensions Between Child Safety and Privacy," Collier County Bar Association, Family Law Section (9/18/2019)

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Florida State Bar Association, 2014-present
  • Illinois State Bar Association, 2013-present
  • Collier County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2019-2020, Chair
  • Collier County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2018-2019, Vice Chair
  • Collier County Bar Association, 2017-present, Member
  • Michael R. N. McDonnell American Inn of Court, 2017-2018 Season, Member
  • Peoria County Bar Association, 2013-2016, Member

Awards & Recognition

  • Florida Bar Family Law Section, Rising Star Award
  • Collier County Bar Association, Family Law Section Chair Award
  • SuperLawyers, Rising Star Award

Past Employment Positions

  • Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White & Frederick, P.C., Associate, 2013 - 2016


  • English

Contact Michael today at (239) 232-2208.

Our Commitment to Excellence

  • Expertise 2021
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Marital & Family Law
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Peer Review Rated for Ethical Standards & Legal Ability
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel Top One Percent
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb
  • Super Lawyers

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