Shane A. Lawson

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Shane A. Lawson Overview

Shane Lawson is a partner at Gallagher Sharp who focuses on defending lawyers against claims of professional liability. He represents attorneys against legal malpractice claims at the trial court level and on appeal arising from a variety of underlying matters that include business transactions and business-related torts, intellectual property, probate and estates, and personal injury. He also defends attorneys in their capacity as an executor, trustee, or guardian in actions alleging breach of fiduciary duty or breach of trust. Shane provides risk management and legal ethics consulting, and represents attorneys and judges in grievance proceedings both at the state level and before federal administrative agencies such as the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Department of Justice. He lectures regularly on issues related to legal malpractice and legal ethics. Additionally, Shane has significant experience representing businesses and insurers in cases involving catastrophic injury, fire loss, and construction disputes in both state and appellate courts.

Bar Admissions

  • 2010, Ohio
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio


  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (Former Chair, Ethics & Professionalism Committee)
  • William K. Thomas American Inn of Court (Member)


  • Preparatory education, Bowling Green State University (B.S., dual specialization, cum laude, 2006)
  • Outstanding Pre-Law Senior Award
  • Legal education, Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D, magna cum laude, 2010)
  • Senior Editor (2009-2010), Associate Editor (2008-2009), Case Western Reserve University Law Review
  • Order of the Coif

Honors & Recognition

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation – Insurance, 2023 edition
  • Rising Star, Professional Liability Defense, Ohio Super Lawyers (2014, 2018-2023)