Prior Experience

Before joining CK, Shawn served for six years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. He previously served for nearly eight years as an Assistant Prosecutor in New Jersey for the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.

As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Shawn served as Chief of the OCDETF/Narcotics Unit, where he oversaw nearly 300 federal investigations and prosecutions involving financial crimes, tax fraud, money laundering, mail and wire fraud, and drug distribution. In his leadership role, Shawn routinely partnered with the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Securities Exchange Commission, and Internal Revenue Service, among other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Shawn also served in the Economic Crimes Unit, where he handled cases involving securities fraud, insider trading, stock manipulation, and corporate disclosure issues.

As a Union County Assistant Prosecutor, Shawn conducted nearly 20 state court jury trials. Becoming one of the Prosecutor Office’s most-seasoned trial attorneys, he served in nearly every unit, to include the Special Prosecutions/Cyber Crimes, Appellate, Juvenile, Special Victims, and Trial Team/Pre-Disposition Conference Units.

  • Successfully brought multiple jury trials to verdict, including a multi-million dollar healthcare fraud conspiracy wherein a pharmaceutical representative was accused of bribing multiple physicians to prescribe medically unnecessary prescriptions.
  • Represented the United States in prosecutions involving federal financial crimes, routinely conducting related investigations with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, and other government agencies.
  • Litigated an international securities fraud conspiracy matter in which multiple individuals were accused of artificially inflating the stock valuation of two publicly-traded companies in an effort to enter into a reverse merger.
  • Litigated several securities fraud case in which investment advisors at a major brokerage firm were charged with defrauding multiple elderly victims by encouraging them to liquidate their brokerage accounts in order to misappropriate the proceeds.
  • Litigated mortgage fraud case in which a corporate officer was charged with orchestrating the procurement of a $90 million refinance-loan through misrepresentations involving corporate income and accounting.
  • Directed multiple cyber and other investigations involving a significant digital component, including a case in which cellular “tower-dump” information led to the identification, arrest, and prosecution of individuals charged with over twenty violent, armed robberies across New Jersey.

Shawn is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal Trial Attorney, a designation reserved for those attorneys who are able to meet the Court’s high standards for experience, education, knowledge, and skill in criminal practice.

Shawn has published several articles, including:

  • Article, Responding to Self-Produced Child Pornography: Examining Legislative Successes and Shortcomings to Reach Appropriate Solutions, 4 Case W. Res. J. L. Tech. & Internet 1 (Fall 2012).