Kieran J. Shanahan, Principal

Kieran J. Shanahan is an experienced, proven Senior Counsel with the insight to develop legal strategy or provide a second opinion to ensure the advice you’ve received is on point. Kieran is a former federal prosecutor with four decades of experience successfully handling complex, high-stakes legal cases. Additionally, he is an experienced litigator with extensive trial court experience in federal and state courts throughout the country. Kieran is a Certified Mediator with substantial Alternative Dispute Resolution experience. He has earned a reputation as a tenacious litigator who is willing and able to successfully tackle complex, high-stakes cases. He has substantial non-litigation experience, including providing general business, corporate and banking advice to small and medium size companies.

Kieran's practice includes banking matters, business disputes, employment and construction matters, as well as class action, administrative, and federal white-collar defense matters. He also handles corporate compliance, professional licensing, and internal investigations for professionals and corporations under regulatory scrutiny. 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 been selected as one of "America's Top 100 Bet-the-Company Litigators®" for North Carolina, chosen as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers” in America by the National Trial Lawyers, is a peer selected “Best Lawyers in America” honoree, has been recognized as a North Carolina Super Lawyer, was elected to Business North Carolina Magazine’s “Legal Elite”, and has been chosen “A Leader in the Law” in North Carolina.

Kieran J. Shanahan


Kieran has an AV® Peer Review Rating  (preeminent) from the Martindale Hubbell International Law Directory.  This designation is considered the height of professional excellence for an attorney who has usually practiced law for many years and is being recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.

Recommendation from John G. Armel, Financial and Operations Executive at Armel Consulting

“In over forty years of business experiences, Kieran Shanahan and his firm are the best that I have seen. The professional and leadership abilities are unsurpassed. The support that is provided and technical expertise are outstanding.”

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Christina Alvarado


Christina joined SLG as a Medico-Legal Consultant. She served 30 years in the US Navy and retired at the rank of Rear Admiral Upper Half. She served in various senior leadership positions in Navy Medicine including Deputy Chief, US Navy, Bureau of Medical and Surgery. Christina is a graduate of Columbia University School of Nursing and holds a Masters in Public Health Administration from the UNC Chapel Hill Gillings School of Public Health. She participates on the SLG trial team with research and analysis.


Sarah Strickland


Sarah graduated from Miami University with a degree in International Business and has worked in the legal field for 16 years. Sarah started working with with Shanahan Law Group in 2011. She specializes in Complex Business Litigation, as well as various corporate and non-litigation matters.


Judy Oakley

Office Manager

Judy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and has been an integral part of Shanahan Law Group for more than two decades. She handles billing, accounting, office management and assists with administrative tasks.