Mr. Shanahan has been advising business owners for nearly 35 years. Since 2006, Mr. Shanahan has been owner and managing partner at Shanahan Law Firm. From 1988 to 1998, Mr. Shanahan practiced at the Seattle, Washington law firm, Bauer Moynihan & Johnson. As partner, Mr. Shanahan focused on transactions, risk management, and business strategy. From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Shanahan served as Vice President of administration and general counsel for Western Pioneer, Inc. Western Pioneer operated a fleet of ocean-going vessels and fuel transport barges that served oil, construction, and fisheries industries in the western United States and throughout Alaska. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Shanahan served as Vice President of administration and general counsel for Blue North Fisheries, Inc. Blue North Fisheries operated the largest freezer longline fleet in the United States. Mr. Shanahan handled corporate oversight, financial responsibility compliance, and federal legislative agenda.
In addition to working with clients, Mr. Shanahan has served as adjunct law professor at Seattle University School of Law since 1997. Professor Shanahan’s course focuses on federal law aspects of traditional maritime commerce as developed in the United States.
Mr. Shanahan obtained a Juris Doctor from the Seattle University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington. Mr. Shanahan is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts in Washington State as well as the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.