Kieran Shanahan

Shanahan Law Group, PLLC
128 East Hargett Street
Suite 300
Raleigh, NC 27601

Kieran J. Shanahan


Kieran Shanahan, originally from McLean, Virginia, 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. As a Principal in Shanahan Law Group, PLLC, Mr. Shanahan handles a wide variety of cases, including business disputes, employment, and construction matters, as well as class action, federal agency, and white collar defense matters. He also handles corporate compliance, professional licensing, and internal investigations for professionals and corporations under regulatory scrutiny. His non-litigation experience includes general business advice to small and medium companies.

Kieran is an honors graduate of East Carolina University Business School (1979) and UNC School of Law (1982). During law school, Mr. Shanahan was an editor on the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulations and served on the prestigious Holderness Moot Court Bench. Mr. Shanahan spent over five years as an Assistant United States Attorney, serving in both the Eastern District of North Carolina and the Northern District of Georgia, where he concentrated in the investigation and prosecution of white collar crime. 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 received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers and was elected to Business North Carolina magazine's 2007 Legal Elite. Kieran is also a founding member of CompassNC, LLC, a public affairs and public policy firm based in Raleigh, N.C.


A lifelong Republican, Kieran served four elected terms on the Raleigh City Council and was a delegate to the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City. He serves on the East Carolina University Board of Trustees and is a member of the Centennial Authority. Mr. Shanahan is a Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina and served on the Board of Trustees of Bennett College for Women. He also serves as Chairman of the N.C. Property Rights Coalition.


Kieran is married to Christina (Tina) Alvarado Shanahan, a Captain-select in the United States Naval Reserve and an avid equestrian. They have three children: Kate, Jimmy, and Patrick. Kieran enjoys golf and hunting when not doing battle for his clients in the courtroom.

Areas of Practice:

Business Disputes

Professional Licensing

Corporate Compliance

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 4th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit


University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1982
Honors: Served on the prestigious Holderness Moot Court Bench
Law Journal: North Carolina Journal of International Law, Editor

East Carolina University, 1979
Honors: Cum Laude

Honors and Awards:

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, 2008, 2010

Business Leader Magazine "Impact Leader" in the Legal Community, 2008

Professional Associations and Memberships:

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

East Carolina University
Member, Board of Trustees

Centennial Authority

Past Employment Positions:

Eastern District of North Carolina, Assistant U.S. Attorney

Northern District of Georgia, Assistant U.S. Attorney

Patton Boggs, Partner