He represents clients in their most challenging cases, often involving regulatory and public relations considerations or novel jurisdictional, substantive and procedural issues.
He has extensive experience representing clients in the financial services, energy, consumer/retail and data/technology industries. He handles putative class and mass actions, cross-border litigation, government and regulatory investigations and complex business disputes involving contracts, torts, fraud and other common law and statutory claims including some intellectual property matters. In these contexts, he has prevailed for clients at the pretrial, trial, arbitration and appellate levels, including at the highest appellate courts of the state and nation.
Shawn enjoys the greatest professional satisfaction collaborating with clients and other outside counsel on complex issues to utilize strategically each team member's unique skills, attributes and experience in order to bring about the most effective and efficient result for the client.
Shawn is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Northern & Western Districts of New York, the Central and Northern Districts of California, the Central District of Michigan, the District of New Jersey, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fifth, Ninth and D.C. Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He began his career as a law clerk to Judge Kevin Thomas Duffy in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, a court in which he remains heavily involved in practice and service.
He maintains a diverse pro bono practice that has included achieving political asylum for several Tibetan refugees, successfully prosecuting a number of actions under the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction and, at the request of an SDNY judge, representing an elderly woman swindled from her home in a 20-year fraud, ultimately achieving unencumbered return of the property by settlement.