Kieran J. Shanahan is a former federal prosecutor and an experienced litigator with extensive trial court experience in federal and state courts around the country. He is also a Certified Mediator with substantial Alternative Dispute Resolution experience. Kieran has earned a reputation as a tenacious litigator who is willing and able to successfully tackle complex, high-stakes cases. His practice includes banking matters, business disputes, employment and construction matters, as well as class action, administrative, and federal white-collar defense matters. He also handles corporate compliance, professional licensing, and internal investigations for professionals and corporations under regulatory scrutiny. Kieran also has substantial non-litigation experience, including providing general business, corporate and banking advice to small and medium size companies. In 1989, he received the Directors Award from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and was recognized as one of the most outstanding federal prosecutors in the country. Kieran has been chosen as one of the "Top 100 Lawyers" in America by the National Trial Lawyers, is a peer selected "Best Lawyers in America" honoree, has been recognized as a North Carolina Super Lawyer, was elected to Business North Carolina Magazine's "Legal Elite", and has been chosen "A Leader in the Law" in North Carolina.
Practice Areas BUSINESS DISPUTES Business Disputes FINRA and ICC Arbitrations Government Contracts & Bid Protests Internal Investigations
COMPLEX LITIGATION Appellate Complex Litigation NC Business Court White Collar Criminal Defense
CORPORATE Agribusiness Business Law General Business/Corporate
Bar Admissions Georgia, 1982 North Carolina, 1986 U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit U.S. Supreme Court
Certifications Certified Mediator
Education University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC Juris Doctor Honors: Served on the prestigious Holderness Moot Court Bench Law Journal: North Carolina Journal of International Law, Editor
East Carolina University, Greenville, NC Bachelor of Science Honors: Cum Laude
Honors & Awards Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2020 Irish Legal 100, 2016 Charlotte Magazine Top Attorneys in North Carolina, 2019 National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2011-2018 The Order of the Long Leaf Pine; awarded to those who display exemplary service to the State of North Carolina and their communities. Kieran, and his wife Tina, both received The Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 2016. Directors Award, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, 1989 Business Leader of the Year Award, Business Services Division, 2009 North Carolina Super Lawyers*, 2007-2010, 2018-2020 Lawyers Weekly Leaders in Law, 2012 Business Leader Magazine Impact Leader in the Legal Community, 2008
Professional Associations & Memberships North Carolina Bar Association Georgia Bar Association Wake County Bar Association The Federalist Society Member
Past Experience Secretary, North Carolina Department of Public Safety Eastern District of North Carolina, Assistant U.S. Attorney Northern District of Georgia, Assistant U.S. Attorney Patton Boggs, Partner
Personal Kieran is married to Christina (Tina) Alvarado Shanahan, a retired Rear Admiral in the US Navy (RC) and a Multiple World and National Champion equestrian. They have three children: Kate, Jimmy and Patrick.
Community Involvement & Leadership East Carolina University Past Chairman & Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees Raleigh City Council (four terms) Centennial Authority Board Member The 200 Club of Wake County Member American Heart Association, Triangle Heart Ball Chairman, 2016 Heart Ball | Vice Chairman, 2015 Heart Ball N.C. Republican Party Past Finance Chair Delegate to the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Republican National Conventions N.C. Property Rights Coalition Chairman & Founder N.C. Property Rights Foundation Chairman & Founder Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina Past Chairman, Board of Directors Bennett College for Women Past Member, Board of Trustees Capital Area Republican Club Past President