How Shawn Helps Clients
Shawn is a go-to lawyer for land use matters. He has an administrative law and litigation practice with particular emphasis on zoning, energy, environmental issues and land development matters. He is very familiar with regional governments at the state and municipal level, and is especially experienced in NIMBY (not in my back yard) situations.
He is known for his ability to successfully support clients through demanding and highly controversial issues, including many cases of first impression.
To manage a case through volatility and controversy, you have to know the client's business inside and out and you have to believe in what you're doing.
Shawn brings a wealth of legal and business knowledge to clients in a variety of industries. He has represented a wide variety of clients, including oil and gas companies, real estate developers, professional sports teams, universities, wireless telecommunications providers, independent power producers, and extractive industries, among others.
What Clients Can Expect
Shawn is calm under pressure and knows how to maintain focus during difficult negotiations or volatile litigation. He comes prepared, he doesn't give up and he gets things done.
- Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (from 2008 to 2013).
- Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list, Land Use and Zoning and Energy categories.
- The Best Lawyers in America® list, Real Estate Law category.
- "Who's Who in Energy," Pittsburgh Business Times.
Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., 2001, CALI Excellence Award for Trial Advocacy, Outstanding Litigation Award
Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, Cert. in Environmental & Natural Resources Law, 2000, with honors
Allegheny College, B.A., 1996, Alden Scholar
- West Virginia
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Past Chair, Environmental & Energy Law Section, Allegheny County Bar Association
Member, Environmental and Energy Law Section, Pennsylvania Bar Association
Member, Marcellus Shale Coalition
Member, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
Member, Ohio Oil & Gas Association
Past Member, Ben Avon Zoning Hearing Board
Past member, Avalon, Bellevue, Ben Avon (ABBA) Joint Zoning Steering Committee
Past member, ABBA Joint Planning Commission
Past member, Ben Avon Planning Commission