Shane brings more than a decade of combat-tested military experience and leadership to Orrick's Complex Litigation practice group. As an Air Force JAG, Shane defended clients in over 100 federal felony trials and appeals throughout the world, winning some of the military's most unwinnable cases at the pretrial, trial, and post-trial stages while simultaneously leading the Air Force's defense services in Europe. His unique combination of trial and appellate litigation skills provides Orricks' clients with full-spectrum representation in the toughest cases.
Shane is a member of our team representing one of China's largest building materials companies in complex federal multidistrict litigation involving allegations of defective drywall that involves more than 30,000 plaintiffs. Prior to joining Orrick, Shane served for more than 12 years as an active-duty JAG, excelling in a variety of litigation and leadership roles. He deployed to Afghanistan as part of a small multinational team tasked with mentoring the Afghan National Army's nascent JAG Corps. As a senior defense counsel, Shane successfully defended an airman accused of premeditated murder, averting the death penalty and ensuring his client obtained parole-eligibility. As appellate counsel, Shane has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals. He also has significant experience defending federal agencies in employment discrimination matters.
Before joining the Air Force, Shane clerked for the Hon. John R. Adams, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio.