Focusing on federal civil litigation, class action litigation, and other complex litigation matters, Shawn brings to his practice a deep understanding of how to litigate in the federal and state courts in Ohio. The son of a former municipal court judge, Shawn grew up around the legal profession and holds a special interest in judicial ethics and attorney conduct cases.
Prior to joining Isaac Wiles, Shawn served as a judicial clerk for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the Supreme Court of Ohio, and Ohio’s Ninth District Court of Appeals. He routinely lectures on federal civil litigation, including serving as an instructor for the U.S. District Court’s Federal Practice Seminar, a course attorneys are required to take before they are admitted to the bar of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
Shawn is also an experienced mediator. For thirteen years, he mediated cases for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio as a judicial clerk, and he now serves as a volunteer mediator for the Court’s Settlement Week. Shawn offers private mediation services for those looking to avoid or to end costly litigation. He has received mediation training at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law and through the Ohio Mediation Association, of which he is a member. Shawn is also a member of the alternative dispute resolution sections of the American Bar Association and the Columbus Bar Association. He will mediate any civil dispute filed in or heading to federal or state court, excluding domestic relations and juvenile division cases.
Shawn has served as an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, and Capital University Law School. For over a decade, he has been an editorial consultant to the Ohio Judicial Conference’s Ohio Jury Instructions Committee, which drafts pattern jury instructions for use in the state and federal courts throughout Ohio.
Articles & Presentations
•Panelist, “Method-of-Execution Challenges,” The Federal Judicial Center National Conference for Pro Se Law Clerks, September 2015.
•Speaker, “Federal Civil Practice,” United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio/Federal Bar Association Federal Practice Seminar, May 2012, November 2012, May 2013, November 2013, May 2014, November 2014, May 2015, June 2016
•Guest Lecturer, Capital University Law School, Ohio Products Liability Practice Class, June 2011, June 2012
•Panelist, Columbus Bar Association Federal Courts Committee, November 2004, September 2007, November 2010, January 2014
•Constitution Day Speaker, The College of Wooster, September 2010
•Speaker, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Legal Writing Class, April 2005, April 2006, April 2007, April 2008, April 2009, April 2010
•Guest Lecturer, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Pre-Trial Litigation Class, April 2010
•Public Sector pragmatic counsellors, Chair
•Litigation legal leverage
professional & community activities
•Federal Bar Association
•American Bar Association
•Ohio State Bar Association
•Columbus Bar Association
•Legal Writing Institute
•American Association for Justice
•Ohio Mediation Association Community
•Mentor, Mentoring and More @ Moritz Program, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, 2009-present
•Lead Volunteer, Peletonia, 2009-2010
•Practice Round Judge, Capital University Law School National Moot Court Team, 2009, 2010, 2013
•Judge, ACMA Midwest Regional Moot Court Tournament, The College of Wooster, 2008-2014
•Judge, The Ohio State Univeristy Moritz College of Law Negotiation Competition, 2011
•Judge, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Appellate Advocacy Class, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010
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