About Shullman Fugate


Attorneys Deanna Shullman and Rachel Fugate began working together in 1999 at the largest law firm in Florida and one of the largest and most highly respected in the country, with offices around the world. The size and prestige of that firm afforded them the opportunity to work on significant and complex cases for a variety of commercial and media clients. In 2006, they were part of a group of colleagues that departed their original firm with the goal of establishing a boutique media law firm in Florida where they continued to refine their skills in the practice of media law, intellectual property law, and litigation.

With a shared commitment to creative, client-centered practice, Deanna and Rachel founded Shullman Fugate in 2017. They have worked collaboratively together for more than two decades and both have spent their entire careers in the state and are familiar with the state’s laws, courts, and unique culture. This background enables them to serve as effective advocates for clients, especially those from out of state who must litigate in Florida.


Deanna and Rachel leverage their experience to offer clients a unique blend of sophisticated legal work with a personalized approach. They prioritize a team-driven and client-centered philosophy, which allows them to assist clients in identifying their legal needs, provide thorough and effective advocacy, and empower clients to independently manage matters that do not require attorney intervention. Shullman Fugate’s size allows its attorneys to provide exceptional representation without conflicts of interest and at competitive rates – so that the firm’s clients are paying for high quality representation rather than administrative costs.

Our practice areas include:

Content: Our firm’s primary goal is to protect content. We have defended hundreds of contentrelated claims, including defamation and invasion of privacy, across a variety of platforms. We also protect our clients’ rights of access to government information, defend against subpoenas that intrude upon our clients’ work, and provide pre-publication/pre-broadcast newsgathering advice and content review.

Intellectual Property: We safeguard your intellectual property with services encompassing
copyright and trademark management, protection and enforcement. We prosecute and defend
against infringement actions and provide guidance on domain names and trade secrets.

Commercial Litigation: We are dedicated to protecting and defending your business interests in
complex litigation matters, including breach of contract, unfair trade practices, and other business torts and statutory causes of action, providing efficient resolution strategies tailored to your goals.