Sherrille D. Akin

Sherrille D. Akin

DeLand, Florida

Coming home for Sherri Bailey Akin is certainly sweet. After practicing estate planning and guardianship law in Ohio for the past 23 years, she has returned to her roots in DeLand, a place where she was born and raised and a place she says is still as easy, friendly and relaxed as ever.

The daughter of prominent Stetson professor and community leader T. Wayne Bailey, Ph.D., Sherri knew by the 5th grade that she wanted to be a lawyer. In fact, at the age of 15, while attending DeLand Junior High School, Sherri started working in the law office of Bill Sherman, a well-know local attorney. Her work with Sherman started with sorting mail, filing, running errands and eventually grew with her, as she worked as a paralegal in college and a clerk in law school. According to Sherri, "Bill was a wonderful mentor and demonstrated to me the proper way to practice law and regard clients."

After law school and graduate tax school, a job clerking in Washington D.C. for the U.S. Tax Court and a marriage proposal from an Ohio native drew her away, but Sherri always continued to practice law in Florida. As the go-to Florida attorney for Ohio snowbirds and business owners, Sherri worked continually on Florida matters, with a focus on estate planning, guardianship, care planning and fiduciary litigation.

Sherri draws on years of experience to practice complex estate planning and tax law, with emphasis on high net worth individuals and businesses, including tax minimization strategies, asset protection planning, business transition planning and unique planning for impaired beneficiaries. Her Ohio expertise and licensure adds an additional level of to the many services provided by the firm, offering the ability to assist Florida clients with matters 'back home' in the Buckeye State.

Sherri holds her J.D., cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law and an advanced tax degree, LL.M., from The University of Florida College of Law. She holds her B.A. in Political Science from Stetson University, where her father founded the Department of Political Science in 1963 and still serves as a Professor.

Areas of Practice

  • Probate & Estate Administration

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1989
  • Ohio, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1992
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, 2014


  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    • LL.M. - 1990
    • Major: Tax
  • Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida
    • Juris Doctor cum laude - 1989
    • Law Review: Stetson Law Review, Articles and Symposium Editor
  • Stetson University, Deland, Florida
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1986
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Note - "There's More Than One Way to Win An Election", Stetson Law Review, 1988
  • "Charitable Deductions for Donations of Qualified Debt", 20 Stetson Law Review 105, 1990

Honors and Awards

  • "BV" Martindale-Hubbell Rating from her Peers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Florida Bar, Member
  • Columbus Bar Association, Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Akin Law P.A. - DeLand, Florida, Owner/Attorney, 2016
  • Shuffield, Lowman & Wilson, P.A. - DeLand Florida, Of Counsel Attorney, 2016
  • Isaac Wiles LLC - Columbus, Ohio, Partner, 2013 - 2015
  • Isaac, Brant, Ledman & Teetor, Columbus Ohio, Of Counsel Attorney, 2011 - 2013
  • Akin Law Group LLC - Westerville, Ohio, Attorney/Manager, 2001 - 2011
  • National City Bank - Columbus, Ohio, Assistant VP, Trust officer & Manager, Estate Planning, 1999 - 2001

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member, Lake Winnemissett Civic Association
  • Member, Volusia Co. Democratic Association
  • Member, Tiger Bay Club of Volusia County