Christopher J. Shields, a partner at Pavese Law Firm, has received his board recertification in real estate law from The Florida Bar. Board certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the 24 areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. Shields first became board certified in 1991.

According to the Florida Bar, seven percent of eligible Florida Bar members – about 4,500 lawyers – are board certified.  Board-certified members of The Florida Bar are the only Florida attorneys allowed to identify themselves as “board certified,” “specialist,” “expert” or to use the letters “B.C.S.” for board certified specialist.

Board certification is valid for five years, during which time the attorney must continue to practice law and attend Florida Bar-approved continuing legal education courses. To be recertified, lawyers must meet requirements similar to those for initial certification.

Shields joined Pavese Law Firm in 1984 and became a partner in the firm in 1990.  He primarily practices in the areas of subdivision law, master planned residential, commercial and mixed use communities and provides legal counsel to numerous New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) developers, builders, lenders and community associations throughout Southwest Florida. Shields has extensive experience in the design and operation of all aspects of condominium and homeowner developments including obtaining regulatory approvals for developing and marketing these communities.  In addition to representing developers, builders, lenders and successor developers, Shields represents more than 400 condominium and homeowner associations throughout Southwest Florida and leads the real estate and community law division of Pavese Law Firm. Shields is a Board Certified Real Estate Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education, and a member of the Florida Bar’s Condominium and Planned Development Committee of the Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section. He is a frequent speaker on condominium and real estate law topics.

Within the Southwest Florida community, Shields serves on the editorial board at Gulfshore Business Magazine and the school board at Bishop Verot High School. He has previously served on the local chapter Board of Community Association Institute, the Chamber of Southwest Florida board of directors and as General Counsel to the Lee Building Industry Association.  In February 2010, Gulfshore Business Magazine named Shields as “One of 14 Go To Lawyers in Southwest Florida You Want In Your Corner”. Shields has been named to the list of Florida Super Lawyers® in the Real Estate Edition each year since its inception and was named to the list in the 2010 Corporate Counsel Edition, a consumers’ guide that recognizes the top five percent of attorneys in each of 31 states as selected by their peers and through the independent study of Law & Politics magazine.

Pavese Law Firm is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations. Practice areas include agricultural, banking and finance, bankruptcy, business and taxation, civil litigation, community association, employment, environmental and water, estate planning, probate and trust, family, land use and government, and real estate law. Established in 1949 as a one-person general practice firm, Pavese Law Firm has grown into one of the largest legal practices in Southwest Florida. With a long history of service to Southwest Florida, Pavese Law Firm has played a significant role in the growth of local businesses, communities and major development projects. For more information, visit or call 239-334-2195.