I am a graduate of Notre Dame Law School and Ohio State University. While at Notre Dame, I received a fellowship from the White Center for Law and Government and served as the Legislative research Editor for the Journal of Legislation.
As a public sector lawyer, I worked as a Washington State Assistant Attorney General (Education Division), Evergreen State College Legal Counsel, Washington State Senate Staff Counsel (Senate Committee Services) and Public Defender. In my private practice, I represent various individuals, community groups, for profit and non-profit organizations and businesses.
I served on the editorial board of the Journal of College and University Law. I am a member of the Washington Bar Association, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association I also serve as Washington State Director for the Initiative and Referendum Institute, based at the University of Southern California.
My private practice is limited to cases I feel passionate about, be it civil rights, privacy, government accountability or special education. I am an adjunct professor and teach a variety of college law courses at Saint Martin's University and South Puget Sound Community College.
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"Shawn continually strives to provide a high-quality level of representation for his clients. He is a great asset to the community. I have been privileged to teach courses with Shawn at St. Martin’s University, and am constantly amazed by his dedication to the practice of law."
Jonathan Sprouffske, Bankruptcy Attorney, Olympia, WA.
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He is a leader in the State of Washington for promoting civil rights and personal liberty."
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I am a graduate of Notre Dame Law School and Ohio State University. While at Notre Dame, I received a fellowship from the White Center for Law and Government and served as the Legislative research Editor for the Journal of Legislation. Read more below;