Prior to law school graduation, Robin Caral Shaw did legal research and writing, and legislative drafting, for clients of the Watergate firm that then employed her as an Associate upon graduation. Before and during law school, she worked on food, drug, and device legislation including the Medical Devices Amendments, various amendments to the Food and Drug Act, and the Emergency Medical Services Act, and assisted the firm in preparing to argue a case (Forsham v. Harris, 445 u.s. 169 (1980)) before the U.S. Supreme Court. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Shaw practiced Tax, Art, and Administrative law in Washington, D.C. At that time she was one of only two lawyers practicing art law which encompassed working with the IRS on valuations, working with other federal agencies on repatriation of foreign objects, coordinating activities of curators, photographers, catalogue preparers, museums, galleries, printers, and artists, and establishing private foundations, private operating foundations, and public charities for the display of Western, Pre-Columbian, and Asian art and artifacts.
Ms. Shaw then joined the 50-person Law Department of PPG Industries, the world's largest manufacturer of glass, fiberglass, and paint where she progressed from a Staff Attorney, to Counsel to Credit and Collections, Counsel to the PPG Foundation, and Counsel to the Fiberglass Division.
When Ms. Shaw relocated to Florida, she took the Florida Bar, established a solo transactional practice and became a certified Family and County mediator, later adding both the Circuit Civil and Appellate certifications. Since 2004, Ms. Shaw has been teaching and lecturing for the Mediation Training Group (for which she is now Primary Trainer), speaking at the FL Sup. Ct's annual Dispute Resolution Conference almost every year since 1999, and is a frequent guest trainer, lecturer, and speaker at mediation conferences on the local, state, and national level. She is Past-President of the Association of South FL Mediators and Arbitrators and the FL Academy of Professional Mediators, and for the last five years has been Chair of the Professional Mediation Institute which presents a 1.5-day program every year as part of the national Workers' Compensation Institute.
Given the wide range of areas in which Ms. Shaw has practiced law, she maintains a varied business/commercial practice, mediates Circuit, Family, and Appellate cases, and is the Primary Trainer for the Circuit and County Mediation Certification programs as well as the CME and CLE programs offered by the Mediation Training Group.