Kieran Shanahan

Shanahan Law Group, PLLC
128 E Hargett St Ste 300
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 856-9494

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
FINRA and ICC Arbitrations
Government Contracts & Bid Protests
Internal Investigations

Complex Litigation
NC Business Court
White Collar Criminal Defense

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

Certified Mediator

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

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

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
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