After practicing Indian law in-house for the Seneca Nation and at law firms big and small, Shawn joined the firm in 2002, became a Shareholder in 2003, and has served as Managing Shareholder since 2019. Shawn is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians from the Allegany Territory.
Fostering connections with clients and tribal communities is important to Shawn’s practice because strong relationships within and responsibility to Indian Country serve as personal and professional philosophies. While some may find day-to-day tribal governance work mundane, Shawn enjoys helping Tribes exercise their governance authority through code and ordinance development, constitutional reform, gaming regulation, housing, administrative agency proceedings, and tribal governance issues – particularly membership-related issues. A jack-of-all-trades practice has allowed Shawn to develop a breadth of experience that incorporates both litigation and transactional skills focuses to meet each clients’ particular needs.
American University, Washington College of Law, cum laude, 1994
Admitted to practice:
Ho-Chunk Tribal Court
Lower Sioux Tribal Court
Menominee Tribal Court
Oneida Appeals Commission
Prairie Island Indian Community Tribal Court
Pueblo of Laguna Tribal Court
Tribal Court of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan
Seneca Nation of Indians Peacemaker’s Court