Skinner Louis, the self-styled multi-million dollar lawyer, is a businessman, philanthropist and attorney. He is the founder and principal partner of ‘The Louis Law Firm’ a full-service personal injuries and insurance disputes firm. Due to his impact in the black community OF Central Florida, Skinner Louis has been appointed as a board member and trustee of African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida.
The African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida (“the Chamber”) is a membership organization serving public, private, and not-for-profit African American-owned businesses and organizations in Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties. For over seven decades, the Chamber has served its members as an advocate and resource. Established in 1945, the Chamber is a members-only network devoted to cultivating a thriving business environment for African American companies, an engaged public awareness for minority firms, and education and advocacy for both members and the Central Florida community.
Their mission is to be the principal advocate and preeminent leader in fostering economic success for African American-owned businesses and the African American business community in Central Florida.
Their vision is to serve as the leading advocate in the Central Florida area for Black-owned companies in Business Development, Wealth Creation, and Economic Empowerment.
Their strategic plans include:
ADVOCACY: The Chamber serves as a support base and voice for its membership, fighting for legislation that promotes small business growth and policies addressing the challenges of Black and minority-owned business owners.
ACCESS TO CAPITAL: The Chamber works with financial institutions to create avenues through which members can gain greater access to credit, capital, and other financial instruments. Access to capital is the most important limiting factor for businesses.
CONTRACTS: To help members gain access to business opportunities in the private and public sectors we educate members in contract procurement, helping them increase their capability to vie for large scale contracts. They also offer resources and information that enhance Black and minority owners’ ability to compete.
ENTREPRENEUR TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT: They are committed to helping members reach their full potential through entrepreneur and business management training and providing professional development resources for successful business growth.
Skinner is a State of Florida Bright Futures Scholarship 2002 Recipient and 2009 Judicial Externship Honoree FAMU College of Law. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies 2002 – 2006, Florida A&M University College of Law Juris Doctorate 2006 – 2009. He was also Law Review Senior Editor, Parliamentarian for the Jesse McCrary Chapter of the Black Law Students association. He was also a Member of the Guardian Ad Litem Clinical Program and member of the Student Bar Association. He got his Executive Master of Tax (M.T.X) degree from Florida Atlantic University from 2011 – 2015
Prior to starting his own firm, “The Louis Law Firm” in 2010, He served as a law clerk for the Honorable Chief Judge Frederick J. Lauten in the Business Litigation Division for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida for 5months from Jan 2009 – May 2009. His duties included drafting legal opinions, legal memorandums, researching complex legal issues, attend hearings, assist in case management, provide legal research to support cross-referenced legal authority provided by Plaintiffs and Defendants.
Skinner Louis was an avid advocate in the fight against police brutality and racial discrimination, he represented the family of the 31-year-old drummer Corey Jones, who was shot and killed by former Palm Beach Gardens police officer Nouman Raja on 18th Oct. 2015. The family reached out to Mr. Louis due to his past works within Palm Beach community. Since then, Mr. Louis and his legal team have pushed for city, county, state, and federal reform demanding police body cameras be worn by officers on duty.
Through their efforts and getting the support of the community, Mr. Louis’ legal team was able to lobby for the arrest of the officer that killed Corey Jones. The police officer Nouman Raja has since been convicted by a jury. This was the first time in over 20 years that a cop was charged in Palm Beach County for police brutality, let alone ever convicted. This was a huge victory for the family of Corey Jones. Mr. Louis and his legal team are currently suing the city of Palm Beach Gardens for violations of Corey Jones’ civil rights in federal court. Due to the tragic murder, there are multiple bills being presented in Corey Jones’ name at the Florida state level and the national level in Washington, D.C.
Skinner Louis continues to keep Corey Jones’ name alive, as he pushes for justice for his family.
Skinner Louis is also a member of the Florida Bar, he was admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He is a former Board Director for the Young Lawyers Section and former Chair for its Mentoring Program. A member of the American Bar Association, Central Florida Partnership Young Professionals Advisory Council, Commercial Law League of America, and FAMU College of Law Board of Visitors Mentoring Committee.
Skinner Louis is a recipient of the Young lawyers’ section of the Orange County Bar Association award for excellence for his outstanding service as board member for 2014 – 2015 and “Man of Honor Award 2017” from Valencia College/Bridges to Success Program.
Originally from Haiti, Mr. Louis lives and practices in Orlando, Florida with his wife and two lovely daughters. This year makes it 10yrs he founded “The Louis Law firm”.