Shawn’s practice includes Business, Taxation, Estate Planning and Probate administration, for individuals, corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. His experience includes corporate law, taxation, estate planning and probate, employee benefits and tax exempt organizations. He is a certified specialist in tax law as well as estate planning and probate law.

Presentations and Publications



  • Presenter. Update on Piercing the Corporate Veil: Pertuis v. Front Roe Restaurants, Inc. (S.C. 2018). South Carolina Bar Convention for the Corporate, Banking & Securities Law Section Seminar, Myrtle Beach, SC, January 18, 2019
  • Presenter. Charging Orders. South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association Conference, Wild Dunes, SC, May 4, 2018
  • Presenter. Farr v. Thompson (S.C. 1839-1844). Charleston School of Law, September 21, 2017
  • Presenter. Preparation of Deeds for Trusts, Estate Planning and Probate Administration . 2015 SC Bar Convention for the Probate, Estate Planning & Trust Section CLE, January, 2015
  • Presenter. Asset Protection Techniques. Charleston County Bar Association, February, 2013
  • Presenter. Asset Protection Techniques. South Carolina Bar Convention, January, 2012
  • Presenter. S & C Corporation Basics. National Business Institute, February, 2010
  • Presenter. Is there a Better Way to Hold Title to Real Estate for Asset Protection Purposes? South Carolina Bar Convention, January, 2010
  • Presenter. Piercing the Corporate Veil. South Carolina Bar Convention, January, 2008

Civic and Professional Activities

  • Member, Estate Planning and Probate Law Specialization Advisory Board (which is part of the Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization), 1999-2001 (Chairman 2001)
  • Chair, South Carolina Bar Tax Law Section, 2011-2012
  • President, Charleston Tax Council, 2005-2007
  • President, Estate Planning Council of Charleston, 2014-2015
  • Certified Estate Planning & Probate Law Specialist; Certified Tax Specialist; Instructor, College of Charleston  North Campus in the Certified  Financial Planner (CFP) Certification Education Program, Topic:  Estate Planning, 2005-2010
  • Frequently lectures in course and seminars involving business entities such as limited liability companies (LLCs), estate planning and probate administration, and non-profit organizations. 
  • President, St. Andrews Rotary Club, 1998-1999
  • Chair, St. Andrews Rotary Club Scholarship Committee, 2014-2015
  • Former Director, Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services, Inc.
  • Former Member, Finance Committee, St. John the Beloved Catholic Church

Honors and Awards

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates, 2015 – Present


Bar admissions

1987, South Carolina


  • LL.M., 1987, University of Florida School of Law
  • J.D., 1986, University of South Carolina School of Law
  • B.A., 1983, Furman University
    • cum laude

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