Overview

Shawn helps clients resolve a wide range of complex construction and real estate problems, whether transactional or adversarial in nature. Shawn represents all types of participants in the construction industry supply chain, from owners/developers to material suppliers, as well as landowners seeking to protect their property rights. He is a litigator with experience in multiple state and federal courts across the country, both at the trial and appellate levels.

Litigation Experience

Shawn has first-chair trial experience in various real estate and construction matters. He has also successfully argued before multiple appellate courts, including before the Illinois Supreme Court on behalf of a Chicago-area homebuilder. Shawn's litigation experience includes all levels of drafting, argument, analysis, discovery and motion practice necessary to achieve successful results for his clients.

Transactional Experience

Shawn drafts and negotiates contract terms for various types of commercial construction projects, including trade subcontracts, existing client service contracts and settlement agreements attendant to dispute resolution.

Green Building

Shawn holds the LEED® Green Associate accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Institute, which demonstrates knowledge of good environmental practice and skill, and reflects an understanding and support of green design, construction and operations. Shawn has experience assisting construction industry clients with the unique legal challenges presented in green building.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Indiana
Illinois

Court Admissions

Illinois Supreme Court
Indiana Supreme Court
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

Education

University of North Carolina School of Law
J.D. North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, Managing Editor (2007)

University of North Carolina
B.A. Political Science and Spanish (2003)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Forecasting Your Future
    Moderator, Chicago Building Congress Future Leaders, April 2017
  • Risk Management in Multifamily Construction
    Faegre Baker Daniels Construction Law Seminar, November 2015
  • Current Issues in Sustainable Design and Construction
    Half Moon Education, Inc., October 2013

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association — Immediate Past Chair, Real Property Law — Construction Law & Mechanic's Lien Subcommittee
  • Chicago Building Congress, Future Leaders Committee
  • Association of Condominium, Townhouse & Homeowners Associations

Civic Activities

  • U.S. Green Building Council — Illinois Chapter (USGBC-IL)
  • Lake Forrest Homeowners Association — President, Architectural Review Committee

Honors

  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Baker Benson Pro Bono Award, 2016
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers — Emerging Lawyers, Construction Law, Commercial Real Estate Law, 2015-18
  • LEED® Green Associate — U.S. Green Building Certification Institute
  • Sigma Delta Pi
  • Boy Scouts of America — Eagle Scout Award
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2015-16
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