Shawn R. Farrell: Lawyer with Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC

Shawn R. Farrell


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Practice Areas

  • Construction
  • Labor & Employment
Contact InfoTelephone: 215.564.1700
Fax: (267) 238-4419
University George Washington University, B.A.
Law SchoolVillanova University School of Law, J.D.
Admitted1995, Pennsylvania and New Jersey; New York


•Associated Builders and Contractors Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter (ABC)
•Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey (ACCNJ)
•Utility and Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey (UTCA)
•Mechanical Contractors Association of New York (MCA)
•Associated General Contractors New York State (AGC)
•Philadelphia Bar Association
•American Bar Association (ABA)


SHAWN R. FARRELL is a Partner in the Construction, Labor & Employment and Insurance Groups at Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC, as well as a Shareholder and member of the Board of Directors. He provides his clients with a high level of professionalism to a variety of complex civil litigation matters involving construction, employment issues and insurance. His clients include construction companies, high-tech, hedge-funds and other public corporations.

Construction Law

Shawn handles all phases of construction law, from negotiating and drafting construction contracts to litigating cases. He has litigated numerous complex construction matters in federal court, state court, mediation and arbitration. He shares his expertise with numerous clients and trade organizations on topics such as mechanics' liens, surety law, proving and pricing construction claims, OSHA violations and alternative dispute resolution in the construction industry.

Employment Law

Shawn offers his clients a wide range of employment law expertise. He has litigated state and federal actions (including several federal jury trials) regarding wrongful discharge, race discrimination, gender discrimination, sexual harassment and related tort claims. In addition, he has successfully defended matters through dispositive pre-trial motions and trial under Title VII, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. He is often asked to speak to companies and trade organizations on how to properly investigate sexual harassment, hostile work place and racial discrimination claims.

Shawn also handles a variety of other civil litigation matters in federal court, state court, and arbitration and mediation forums regarding securities transactions, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), business torts and other general business matters.

Insurance Law

Shawn also has developed an expertise in the life settlement business and with premium finance structures used in the purchase of life insurance. To this end, he has obtained several million dollar judgments plus the award of attorney's fees, representing lenders and hedge funds that provided capital to the industry.

News & Publications

•Choosing Your Destiny: Estate Planning Tips
Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 2
•NJ's Estate Tax: An Expensive Oversight for the Unprepared
New Jersey Law Journal - December 17, 2014
•Q&A with Our Partners
Construction in Brief: 2013 Volume 4
•Cohen Seglias Attorneys Named 2013 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
May 17, 2013
•Shawn R. Farrell Named Cohen Seglias Shareholder
March 7, 2012
•Shawn R. Farrell named as General Counsel to Building Industry Association
January 24, 2008
•Two Cohen Seglias Lawyers Elected to the Board of the Building Industry Association of Philadelphia
July 2, 2007
•Jury Returns $1.4 Million Verdict in Favor of CSPG&F Client
March 9, 2007
•Penny Savvy, But Pound Foolish?
February 1, 2005


•Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs Construction Industry Conference: A Construction Jury Trial
October 10, 2016 - Malvern, PAOctober 11, 2016 - Cranberry, PA
•Cheyney University and PennDOT: Supportive Services Business Development Conference
December 16, 2015 - Philadelphia, PA
•Carpenters' Company Master Builder Dialogues: Building the Buildings of the Future
November 04, 2015 - Gladwyne, PA
•Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs Construction Industry Conference: Construction Mock Jury Trial
October 20, 2015 - Cranberry, PA
October 21, 2015 - Malvern, PA
•Utility & Transportation Contractors Association Executive Seminar: How to Effectively Perform and Get Paid for Extra Work
March 9, 2015 - San Francisco, CA
•Outside the Fence: The Reality of Construction & Contractual Liability Exposures Surrounding Your Construction Projects
February 26, 2015 - Wilmington, DE
•ABC Presentation - A Mock Jury Case: General Contractor v. Site Subcontractor
October 8, 2014 - East Norriton, PA
•6th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar
April 30, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA
May 6, 2014 - Hershey, PA
•PA DBE: Getting Ready for Primetime 2014
March 17 & 19, 2014 - Pittsburgh & King of Prussia, PA
•UTCA Seminar: Navigating Claims with the New Jersey Department of Transportation
January 11-18, 2014 - Aruba
•Cheyney University of Pennsylvania: Construction Company Financial Management
May 29, 2013 - Cheyney, PA
Pennsylvania DBE Supportive Services Center
•Tri-State Prompt Payment Act Webinar
February 5, 2013
•Claims and Dispute Resolution
April 26, 2012
•Mock Jury - Bid Protest
March 13, 2012 - Farmingdale, NJ
•Public Bidding
December 16, 2009 - Philadelphia, PA
•Changes to the Mechanics Lien Law and Important Ramifications
February 4, 2009 - Philadelphia, PA
•Seminar for Project Engineers, Managers and Supervisors
March 28, 2008
•UTCA 2007 Executive Seminar held in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
January 13-20, 2007 - St. John


•SBA Resource Partners Receive $19 Million to Support Hurricane Sandy Small Business Recovery Efforts
May 7, 2013


•Shawn has achieved an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating for professional ethical standards and legal ability by Martindale-Hubbell.
•Shawn was named a 2015 Pennsylvania and a 2013 New Jersey Super Lawyer in the field of Construction Litigation by Law & Politics Magazine. Law & Politics Magazine publishes Super Lawyers annually to recognize accomplished lawyers in more than 70 areas of practice.
•Shawn was named a Pennsylvania Rising Star in the field of Construction Litigation from 2005-2007 by Law & Politics Magazine.
•Shawn was elected as one of the 2013 Top Rated Lawyers in Labor & Employment by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell. (Also at Parsippany, NJ and New York, NY Office)


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Choosing Your Destiny: Estate Planning Tips
Wayne C. Buckwalter,Shawn R. Farrell, July 9, 2015
Counseling our clients about strategy is a big part of our job. We work with you on drafting your company’s standard form contracts, change order requests, invoices and credit applications. We help you navigate and negotiate the complex world of construction disputes. We develop appropriate...

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Shawn R. Farrell

30 South 17th Street
PhiladelphiaPA 19103


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