Shawn graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.B.A. in 1999 and received his Juris Doctorate from Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 2002.

Following his admission to the Kentucky Bar, Shawn joined a general practice in Harlan, Kentucky focusing on family law, civil litigation, and criminal defense. He began his defense practice with Porter, Banks, Baldwin & Shaw in 2004 before returned to his hometown of Ashland, Kentucky to join another established defense firm. In addition to his private practice, Shawn has served as an Associate Counsel managing litigation for King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Kentucky, and as General Counsel and Director of Human Resources for Pathways, Inc., a Community Mental Health Center covering a ten-county region in northeastern Kentucky.

In July 2016, Shawn rejoined the firm and has an active trial and appellate practice with a focus on the defense of claims of medical negligence and personal injury in addition to a broad range of claims against local governmental entities. Shawn also serves as counsel for many eastern Kentucky boards of education.


Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, Kentucky

  • J.D. – 2002

University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

  • B.B.A. – 1999

Bar Admission

  • Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky

Professional Associations

  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Boyd County Bar Association
  • Kentucky Defense Counsel, Inc.
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • American Health Law Association

Practice Areas

  • Trial practice – Kentucky State and Federal Courts
  • Appellate practice – Kentucky State Appellate Courts
  • Medical Malpractice – Defense
  • Nursing Home Negligence – Defense
  • School Law
  • County Government Liability – Defense
  • Law Enforcement Liability – Defense
  • Jail Liability – Defense
  • Insurance Defense
    • Motor Vehicle Accidents
    • Premises Liability
    • Wrongful Death
  • Product Liability – Defense

Represented Clients

  • Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Inc.
  • Signature Healthcare, LLC
  • Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Co.
  • Encova Insurance
  • Kentucky Association of Counties
  • Martin, Menifee, Perry and Estill County Boards of Education