Lori Ellen Ward

Lori Ellen Ward

Lori Ellen Ward is a Board Certified Real Estate Law Specialist who grew up in Jackson County (Marianna), Florida and transplanted to the Emerald Coast in 1996 when she married a true local, Michael Ward. After earning her law degree at Florida State University in 1997, she began her legal career in a small Destin firm with a broad area of practice, where she quickly developed an interest in and proficiency at representing clients in the real estate industry.


Over the last 20+ years, her practice has grown to include developers of large commercial and residential real estate ventures, local banks in their real estate lending departments and individual buyers and sellers of property. For the 10 years preceding her transition to Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon in late 2017, she was a sole practitioner in Miramar Beach and owner of Priority Title, a title agency providing insured residential real estate closings primarily in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.


Outside of her professional activities, Lori has served as a past President of the Junior League of the Emerald Coast and remains a sustainer in that organization. She is also a charter and Evergreen member of Impact 100 of Northwest Florida. Professionally, she is an active affiliate with the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors and Women’s Council of Realtors, a former treasurer of the Okaloosa Bar Association and the current President of the Walton County Bar Association. She also serves her community on the Boards of Directors of both Legal Services of North Florida, Inc. and Food for Thought Outreach.  Her family is involved with a church plant in Santa Rosa Beach – King’s Cross Church – which met for two years in their backyard. Lori and Michael have two children, 1 dog, and 2 cats.


At Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon, Lori’s practice is focused on residential real estate closings, but she also advises clients in the areas of general real estate matters, commercial and residential real estate development, business formations and transactions, probate and estate planning.  Lori works primarily in the firm’s Miramar Beach – Sandestin office, but is available to assist clients in our Pensacola office and can conduct closings in all 67 Florida counties.


Florida State University College of Law 1997

Florida State University, B.S. in Finance 1994

Chipola Junior College, A.A. in Accounting 1992

Professional Work Experience

Partner, Emmanuel, Sheppard and Condon, 2017

Owner, Lori Ellen Ward, P.L. dba Priority Title, 2008-2017

Associate, Matthews & Hawkins, P.A., 1999-2008

Associate, Lamar Conerly, Jr., P.A., 1997-1999

Court Admissions

All Florida State Courts

U.S. Court of Appeals: 11th Circuit

Professional Membership Activities
  • The Florida Bar
  • Okaloosa Bar Association (Treasurer 2000-2001)
  • Walton County Bar Association, Vice President 2018 (Secretary 2017)
  • Okaloosa Florida Association of Women Lawyers
  • Emerald Coast Association of Realtors
  • First American Title Insurance Company
Community Involvement and Achievements
  • Impact 100 of Northwest Florida, charter and Evergreen member, 2012 to present
  • Junior League of the Emerald Coast, Sustaining Member, 1997 to present
    •    President 2004-2005
    •    President-Elect 2003-2004
    •    Numerous Board Positions and Nominating Committee
  • Founding Member, King’s Cross Church, Santa Rosa Beach
  • Former Trustee of Village Baptist Church, Destin

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