Sara Jane Shanahan

Sara Jane Shanahan: Attorney with Sherin and Lodgen LLP
  • Partner at Sherin and Lodgen LLP (29 Attorneys)
  • 101 Federal Street, Boston, MA 02110-1817
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Sara Jane Shanahan is a partner in the firm's Litigation Department. Her practice focuses on business litigation, complex commercial disputes, and insurance coverage disputes. Sara represents a variety of clients such as national retailers, insurers and insureds regarding insurance coverage disputes, shareholders of closely-held corporations, and individuals in probate court. Her expertise includes will contests, breach of contract claims, securities fraud litigation, breach of fiduciary duty claims and internal disputes in closely-held corporations. Prior to joining the firm in December 2008, Sara was partner at Griesinger, Tighe & Maffei, LLP and junior partner at Hale and Dorr LLP. After law school, Sara clerked for the Hon. Nathaniel M. Gorton, U.S. District Judge for the District of Massachusetts. Phi Beta Kappa. Law Clerk, Hon. Nathaniel M. Gorton, U.S. District Judge, District of Massachusetts, 1994-1995. Partner, 2002-2008, Griesinger, Tighe & Maffei, LLP. Associate, 1995-1999, and Junior Partner, 1999-2002, Hale and Dorr LLP.

Speaking Engagements and Publications:

• "Conflicting Decisions Lead to Uncertainty for Massachusetts Companies and Auditors Alike," SumNews, Winter 2009

• "View from Both Sides of the Bench," introduction, Boston Bar Association, January 2009

• "Tensions are rising from IRS victory in Textron case,", November 16, 2009

• "Another View: The Eroding Attorney-Client Privilege," The New York Times DealBook, November 2, 2009

• "Director and Officer Liability in the Aftermath of Fraud," Suffolk University Law School Seminar, May 2009

• "Litigation of Waterfront Rights," speaker, Sherin and Lodgen Annual Real Estate Seminar, September 2009

• "Attorney-Client Privilege for In-House Counsel," client seminar, April 2009

• "How Private Is that Email to the Contract Attorney in Mumbai? Attorney-Client Privilege in the 21st Century," with Edward S. Cheng, Association of Corporate Counsel, Northeast Chapter, February 2009

• "Bad Faith Claims Handling - G.L. c. 93A and G.L. c. 176D," with Thomas F. Maffei, Massachusetts Liability Insurance Manual 2009 Supplement, chap. 14, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., 2009

• "Bad Faith Claims Handling - G.L. c. 93A and G.L. c. 176D," with Thomas F. Maffei, Massachusetts Liability Insurance Manual 2004 Supplement, chap. 14, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., 2004

• "Federal Securities Litigation in the First Circuit," with Jeffrey B. Rudman and John F. Batter III, Massachusetts Business Lawyering 1996 Supplement, chap. 37, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., 1996.

Community Involvement:
The Wellesley Club, member
Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Board of Directors

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Securities Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
617.646.2054  Phone
617.646.2222  Fax
University Attended:
Bowdoin College, A.B., Economics with a Mathematics minor, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1991
Law School Attended:
Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1994
Year of First Admission:
1999, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit; 1996, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; 1994, Massachusetts
Boston Bar Association (Administration of Justice Steering Committee, 2009-2010); Women's Bar Association.

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