Willamette University College of Law (Salem, Oregon), Juris Doctorate in Law, 1991.
Boston University, College of Arts & Sciences (Boston, MA), Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science 1986.
Awards & Honors:
Recipient of the Oregon Department of Justice "Excellence in Justice Award" in 2011 and 2012.
Recognized as a Champion for Diversity & Inclusion by the Convocation on Equality Committee, Oregon State Bar, 2011.
For more than two decades Shawn has advised individuals, businesses, landowners, and public entities, throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington on various and often complex legal matters. He has successfully represented hundreds of these clients in civil litigation matters in both state and federal court.
Shawn is able to effectively negotiate settlements on challenging and highly charged cases while at the same time always being prepared to take cases to trial if resolution is not possible. Shawn is comfortable trying cases in front of juries and to the court. He has spent countless hours mentoring less-experienced attorneys on how to effectively try cases for their clients. In 2008, he was an instructor for the Oregon Department of Justice's Trial Academy; and in 2010, he trained Mexican prosecutors as an instructor for the Conference of Western Attorney Generals.
Shawn began his career as a Deputy District Attorney prosecuting
felony and misdemeanor cases, before entering private practice. He became a partner at the Portland civil litigation firm Mitchell, Lang & Smith. Shawn was later appointed Senior Assistant Attorney General by Attorney General Hardy Meyers serving in the Oregon Department of Justice's Trial Division. He was appointed Attorney In Charge of the
Civil Litigation Section by Attorney General John Kroger. In this role,
he was responsible for leading the largest section of the Trial Division, overseeing the jury trial attorneys who defended the State of Oregon's institutions in state and federal court. Shawn continued to carry a case load in this role. He would remain in this leadership position under Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum's administration.
After serving under three Attorney Generals, Shawn left the Department of Justice to lead SAIF Corporation's Third Party Team.
The team was in charge of securing reimbursement from individuals
and corporations responsible for injuring Oregon workers. Under Shawn's leadership, the team secured the largest annual recovery
in the company's 100-year history compensating injured workers while reimbursing their employers for the expenses incurred as the result of the worker's injuries. After public service, Shawn returned to private practice forming O'Neil Law LLC. For the convenience of his clients the firms office is located in the growing community of Wilsonville, Oregon where Shawn and his family live.
By having an office located off of the I-5 corridor, O'Neil Law LLC strives to be more accessible to its clients throughout the Willamette Valley. In addition, O'Neil Law LLC has arranged for client meeting locations throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. The firm also uses the latest technology in order to have virtual face-to-face meetings with clients and colleagues for their convenience. Shawn's goal is to provide high quality legal representation to his clients, allowing them to focus on what truly matters in their life if it be raising a family, running a business or farm, enjoying the community they live in, or just starting over. Shawn is here to serve his clients.
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