Paul F. Shanahan has over 35 years of litigation experience, Mr. Shanahan continues the tradition of providing thoughtful first hand representation for his clients. Mr. Shanahan has won verdicts in both Federal and State Court. He is admitted to practice in all courts throughout New York State and has an active statewide litigation practice. Mr. Shanahan is also a faculty member at the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration of the University of Rochester. 

He has been recognized by his colleagues and has won the Presidents Award of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association for three consecutive years. He has served as an officer of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, including treasurer. Mr. Shanahan has lectured for the New York State Bar Association, the National Business Institute, and has appeared on local and national television. Mr. Shanahan has served on the Board of Trustees of the Manlius Pebble Hill School.



  • Practicing attorney with JD, BS/Management/Economics/ Accounting.

  • Law firm principal with extensive experience in commercial and criminal law.

  • Veteran trial lawyer with extensive litigation experience in jury trials.

  • Researches, prepares and handles case from beginning, through trial and appeal.

  • Served as Arbitrator in Monroe and Ontario County Supreme Court Civil Actions.

  • Current experience as Executive Professor, graduate/undergraduate-level law courses.

  • Additional teaching experience within professional legal and commercial business association venues.

  • Recipient, President’s Distinguished Service Award, The New York Trial Lawyers Association.


  • JD, 1982                                                           
    Albany Law School of Union University, Albany, NY
        • Member Albany Law Review

  • BS, Accelerated Management Law, cum laude, 1980

Minors (2): Economics, Accounting

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY


  • Admitted to practice before all State and Federal Courts in New York State and the District of Columbia.

  • Manages and performs all aspects of marketing, business operations and legal services.

  • Represented governmental agencies, municipalities, Fortune-level corporations, professional athletes, and members of the US Military, as well as private citizens of the State of New York.

  • Extensive civil and criminal litigation experience


William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY  1984 to present

Currently Executive Professor

  • Designs and teaches Business Law courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.

  • Includes fall, spring and summer sessions.

  • Taught Master's Reading Course, Supervised Teaching, Supervised Internships, and Independent Study Courses.

  • Consistently earn high student evaluations based on feedback from over 3100 students taught.

  • Multiple Teaching Honor Roll Awards.


Numerous ongoing presentations to professional peer groups and other business 
professionals including:

  • National Business Institute

  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association

  • New York State Bar Association

  • New York Academy of Trial Lawyers

Selected examples:

  • Annual Litigation Update NYSTLA 2002-2006, 2010, 2011

  • Annual Litigation Update NYSTLA 2000

  • Settlement Issues-New York Office of Court Administration for Law Clerk/Court 

  • Basic Trial Techniques: Boot Camp for Lawyers, 60 Centre Street, NY, NY.

  • Products Liability Post-Kumho Tire: Strategy and Practice, 1999

  • NYSBA, Motor Vehicle Accidents 1998

  • Speaker, The Business Council of New York, Bolton Landing, New York Debate on the Tort System (Representing NYSTLA) and Jack Rice, Esq. (Representing the Business Council).

  • NYSBA, A Primer on Automobile Litigation and Insurance Coverage Concerns, 2000

  • NYSBA, Seminar, Basic Tort and Insurance Law Practice 2001.

  • 1998 Adjusting the Automobile Insurance Claim in New York, National Business Institute Seminar

  • Mail Advertising by Attorneys and the First Amendment 45, Albany Law Review 250

  • Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Found in Case involving Murder in Guyana, Vol. 14, 
    International Practitioner’s Notebook

  • Court’s Reluctant to Question Executive Discretion in Extradition Cases, Vol. 13, International Practitioner’s Notebook

  • Guest Commentator for legal topics in Rochester Business Journal

  • Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester Daily Record and other publications on current business and legal issues


  • Treasurer: New York State Trial Lawyers Association

  • Board of Directors, Deputy Treasurer, Parliamentarian: New York State Trial Lawyers Association

  • Executive Committee: New York Trial Lawyers Association

  • Director at Large: New York State Trial Lawyers Academy

  • American Board of Trial Advocates

  • Sustaining Member New York State Bar Association

  • Sustaining Member Onondaga County Bar Association

  • American Trial Lawyers Association President’s Club


  • Attended dozens of CLE seminars including Trial Lawyers College Regional Seminars in Colorado, California, and New York


  • Board of Trustees, Manlius Pebble Hill School, Manlius, NY  2002-2006

  • George Eastman Circle, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY  2014-Present


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