Rising Stars in Law: John Shanahan

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  • Category: BizTimes Milwaukee
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 10
  • Undergrad degree/university: University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Graduate degree/university: Marquette University Law School

Last updated on September 15th, 2022 at 03:24 pm

John Shanahan, partner at Hansen Reynolds LLC, was the first law clerk to work for the firm just after its formation in 2011. Upon graduation from Marquette University in 2012, he became one of the firm’s first attorneys.

Since that time, Shanahan has been an anchor of the firm’s Milwaukee office, according to managing partner Toby Reynolds. 

“(Shanahan’s) reputation for exceptionally hard work and strong legal acumen made him the go-to associate attorney in his early years. Now, as a partner, he is sought out by clients for those same traits,” said Reynolds. 

Shanahan has had “exceptional courtroom experience” for a young attorney, winning several trials and arbitrations, Reynolds added. 

“John has demonstrated impressive litigation skills and instincts since he was a young lawyer,” said Jessica Mederson, managing partner of the Hansen Reynolds Madison office. “A quick learner, John has developed an extensive knowledge of the construction industry in particular, and has taken a leadership role in representing construction clients in a variety of lawsuits.”