(402) 474-6900

Practice Areas

Practice Emphasis:

Shawn has a general civil trial practice, representing clients in litigation involving employee benefits, ERISA, environmental law, libel lawsuits and federal and state constitutions. He also advises print and broadcast journalism clients with respect to free speech, open meetings law and other issues. As part of his practice, Shawn represents clients in litigation where legal ethics are at issue. Shawn also represents clients on appeals in both state and federal court.

Admitted to Practice:

United States District Court for the District of Nebraska
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
United States Supreme Court


University of Nebraska, J.D., with distinction, 1984
University of Nebraska, B.A., 1981

Other Experience/Achievements:

  • Listed: Best Lawyers in America (Woodward / White, Inc.) ( First Amendment Law, Litigation-First Amendment)
  • Listed: Great Plains Super Lawyers (Employment and Labor; Employee Benefits/ERISA)
  • Member, Nebraska Bar Foundation PEOPLE Bench/Media Committee
  • Member, Advisory Committee to Nebraska Lawyers
  • Past Member, Robert Van Pelt American Inn of Court
  • Law Clerk to Chief Justice Norman Krivosha, Supreme Court of Nebraska, 1984-1985
  • Member, Nebraska Law Review, 1982-1984
  • Order of the Coif