An attorney with BakerHostetler and chairman of Workforce Central Florida. Shaughnessy is close to Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, serving as an informal adviser. When the region's federally funded jobs agency was mired in controversy in 2011, Jacobs installed Shaughnessy as chairman and asked him to rebuild the organization's credibility. Shaughnessy was also instrumental in advising Jacobs during the debate over a local sick-time ordinance. For a time, even had a desk and phone at county offices.