Sheena Rickerson is a partner at Carmichael & Rickerson who handles criminal law and family. She brings to the table six years of experience as a prosecutor and prior to that over an estimated ten to fifteen years of experience the areas of family law and criminal law. She is a former prosecutor with the Third Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office who served as a felony line assistant state attorney for five out of her six years of state service. Sheena has tried over forty jury and non-jury trials with fifteen of those being felony trials as lead counsel. She has handled dozens of other non-jury trials both felony and misdemeanor across the third judicial circuit. Sheena began her prosecuting career as a misdemeanor prosecutor in both Hamilton and Madison Counties. Within her first year with the office, she became a prosecutor in Suwannee County. During her first year as a prosecutor, Sheena was awarded “Prosecutor of the Year” by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. Ultimately, Sheena was promoted to a felony prosecutor and worked in both Suwannee and Hamilton counties on the felony line. In November of 2018, Sheena won a stand your ground appeal while prosecuting an attempted murder case in which she argued the new burden of the State in proving lack of self-defense that the legislature recently changed in 2017. The First District Court of Appeals of Florida issued an opinion and the case decision made Florida Law Weekly (Craven v. State, 285 So. 3d 365 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2019).
Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Sheena was an intern with the Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office working in the Macclenny branch during her third year of law school where she assisted felony prosecutors with trying cases. She was also a paralegal for over 10 years before she made the decision to go to law school to become an attorney. While a paralegal, she worked primarily as a family law paralegal, even doing contract paralegal work during law school and after before waiting to be hired as a prosecutor. She has worked for many solo practitioners and boutique firms who handled family law, criminal law, workers compensation, social security disability, personal injury and insurance defense. As a family law paralegal, Sheena specialized in Divorce Power Analyzer software to assist clients with child support and alimony calculations as well as financial discovery.
Sheena graduated from University of North Florida with her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 2007. During her last year of college she went to class at night while working during the day as a family and criminal law paralegal. She attended law school at Florida Coastal School of Law where she received her juris doctor degree in 2012 where she graduated with pro bono honors. She also received a CALI award for making the highest grade in Practical Professionalism. While at FCSL, she served as secretary and parliamentarian of the Criminal Law Society. Also while in law school, Sheena clerked for two circuit Court Judges in Duval County and completed an internship with the Fourth Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office.
Sheena was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida before she moved to Live Oak, Florida where she took a job as a prosecutor in February of 2014. She currently resides in Jasper, Florida with her Husband Tony who is the Interim Chief at the Jasper Police Department and her three children. Sheena is a past member of the Family Law Inns of Court in Duval County, Jacksonville Women’s Lawyer Association, Jacksonville Bar Association and Altrusa in Live Oak, Florida. She is a current member of the Third Judicial Circuit Bar Association, and the President of the Third Judicial Circuit Chapter of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers. Since 2018, Sheena has been proud to serve as a Commissioner on the Third Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. Sheena was nominated by the Florida Bar and appointed by Governor Rick Scott for a four-year term beginning in 2018, and in 2021, Sheena became the vice-chair for the Commission.