Shelli Freeland Eddie has practiced law in Sarasota County for 11 years. For nearly 6 years, she served the State of Florida as an Assistant State Attorney for the Twelfth Judicial Circuit of Sarasota County. She has practiced in the private sector and is admitted to practice law before the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and The Florida Bar. Shelli graduated from the University of Kentucky, with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree in law. In 2012 she founded The Freeland Eddie Law Group, P.A., “A Full-Service Law Firm Committed to Community.” Her firm offers representation in the areas of asset protection/estate planning, criminal and family law, and small business support services. She was honored as the 2014 Sarasota Business Woman of the Year at the Business and Professional Woman’s Association of North Sarasota (BPW) H’Attitude Luncheon, and was featured in the September 2014 issue of Biz941 Magazine as one of its “20 People to Watch,” and in June 2015 as one if its Women of Influence.
In June 2014, with the support of BBIF, Attorney Eddie opened a new law office location in the Newtown Community at The Marketplace at Janie’s Gardens. Her firm provides representation to low income families and individuals, including juveniles and seniors. Shelli facilitates an annual workshop through the City of Sarasota for its Annual CEO Entrepreneurial Program entitled Making Your Business Legal, as a support to small business owners. Shelli provides pro bono legal services to women in crisis at the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County, and previously appeared as a legal correspondent on Sarasota’s local ABC-7 television show “Black Almanac.” She currently serves as the regional representative to the Legal Advisory Council for her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and was recently appointed to its National Executive Board for the Southeastern Region.
In 2015, Attorney Eddie entered the 2015 election to become the next Sarasota City Commissioner for District 3. She advanced to a Runoff Election, and on May 12, 2015 defeated the incumbent to become the first African-American ever elected to the Sarasota City Commission outside of District 1, the city’s historically minority district. She brings to the commission a strong work ethic, critical thinking and negotiation skills, and a commitment to service.