AREAS OF PRACTICE
Business & Commercial Litigation
Professional Liability Defense
Strategic Litigation & Risk Management
Boston University School of Law, J.D., 2007, magna cum laude
Yale University, B.A., Political Science, 2003, magna cum laude
From 2007-2009, Shawn practiced in the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins LLP, where he assisted with securities and antitrust defense for Fortune 100 companies. Prior to joining Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick LLP, Shawn served as a senior litigation associate at Johnson & Weaver LLP, where he managed a diverse portfolio of business, bankruptcy, employment, intellectual property, and consumer and securities class action matters on behalf of individuals, business, pension funds, and Court-appointed bankruptcy trustees. Shawn also served for one year as the Tanzania Country Director for Asylum Access, where he opened and managed legal aid clinics for Congolese and Rwandan refugees in UN-operated camps along the Tanzania-DR Congo border.
In addition to his Of Counsel role at Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick LLP, Shawn is a Professor of Legal Writing at the University of San Diego School of Law.
- Participated in the successful prosecution of breach of fiduciary duty matters on behalf of Chapter 7 bankruptcy estate of former billion-dollar publicly traded company. Authored successful oppositions to motions to dismiss and participated in successful eight-figure settlement for client.
- Participated in successful prosecution of insider trading and professional malpractice matter on behalf of largest publicly traded hospital chain in the United States, securing the largest derivative settlement in Tennessee state history.
- Participated in the successful opposition to a motion for class certification in a nationwide antitrust class action against two propane tank operators.
- Participated in successful defeat of summary judgment in nationwide antitrust class action involving Yahoo! and Google.
- Presented successful oral argument at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, securing reversal of Board of Immigration Appeals decision denying refugee status to Honduran human trafficking victim.
- Boston University School of Law, J.D., 2007, magna cum laude
- Awards & Activities:- Boston University Law Review, G. Joseph Tauro Distinguished Scholar (highest honors first year),- Paul J. Liacos Distinguished Scholar (highest honors second year),- Edward F. Hennessey Distinguished Scholar (highest honors third year)
- Yale University, B.A., Political Science, 2003, magna cum laude
- Awards & Activities:- Yale University Rugby Club,- Pi Sigma Phi (national Political Science honor society)
- All Courts of the State of California
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States District Court for the Southern District of California
- United States District Court for the Central District of California
- United States District Court for the Northern District of California
- United States District Court for the District of Colorado
- United States District Court for the District of Arizona
Awards and Honors
- San Diego Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2016
- San Diego Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2015
- San Diego Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2014
- San Diego Transcript Top Young Attorneys 2012
Memberships and Activities
- The State Bar of California
- San Diego County Bar Association
- The Association of Business and Trial Lawyers
- Appellate Defenders, Inc.
- Community Review Board on Police Practices in San Diego
- Association of Legal Writing Directors
- “From Guantánamo to Syria: The Extraterritorial Rights of Immigrants in the Age of ‘Extreme Vetting’ » in 39 Cardozo Law Review (forthcoming April 2018)
- “The Unreviewable Executive? National Security and the Limits of Plenary Power» in 85 Tennessee Law Review (forthcoming August 2017).
- “Debunking the Stranger in the Bushes Myth: The Case for Sexual Assault Protection Orders» in 2017 Wisconsin Law Review (forthcoming May 2017)
- “Private Crimes and Public Forgiveness: Towards a Refined Restorative Justice Amnesty Regime» in 5 International Journal of Civil Social Law 1 (2007) (student note)
- “Constitutional Comparativism and the Eighth Amendment: How a Flawed Proportionality Requirement Can Benefit From Foreign Law» in 86 Boston University Law Review 963 (2006) (student note)
- “The Unreviewable Executive? National Security and the Limits of Plenary Power,» Tennessee Law Review Symposium: The Savage Wars of Peace: Drones, Surveillance, and Torture in the Age of Insecurity, forthcoming fall 2017
- “Incorporating Cross-Cultural Issues into the Law School Classroom» Association of Legal Writing Directors National Conference: Acknowledging Lines: Talking About What Unites and Divides Us, forthcoming July 20, 2017.
- “The Flipped Law School Classroom» Touro Law Center One-Day Workshop: Preparing Students for Digital Law Practice, December 16, 2016
- “Incorporating Cross-Cultural Issues into the Law School Classroom» California Western School of Law One-Day Workshop: Teaching and Mentoring Our Diverse Law School Populations, December 2, 2016
- “Debunking the Stranger in the Bushes Myth: The Case for Sexual Assault Protection Orders» University of San Diego School of Law Faculty Colloquium, October 21, 2016
- “What Bosses Want» University of San Diego Legal Writing in Practice Series, October 2, 2016
- “The Urban Refugee Crisis in East Africa» Tanzanian National Assembly Ministry for Home Affairs Subcommittee Meeting, January 17, 2010.