Sara Jane Shanahan


Sara Jane Shanahan is chair of the firm's Litigation Department and co-chair of the Business Litigation and Social Media and Digital Technology Practice Groups. Her practice focuses on complex business litigation and insurance coverage disputes. Sara represents a variety of clients such as hedge funds and investment managers, generic pharmaceutical manufacturers, national retailers, insurers, insureds, shareholders of closely-held corporations and officers and directors of public corporations.

Prior to joining the firm in December 2008, Sara was partner at Griesinger, Tighe, & Maffei, LLP and junior partner at Hale and Dorr LLP. After law school, Sara clerked for the Hon. Nathaniel M. Gorton, U.S. District Judge for the District of Massachusetts.

 Representative Experience

  • Hedge funds and the investment manager with regard to claims against their third party administrator
  • National retailer in arbitration and litigation with third party business brokers
  • Hospital patent-owner in licensing dispute with medical device manufacturer
  • Generic drug manufacturers in False Claims Act and products liability litigation
  • Insurers and insureds in complex insurance coverage disputes
  • Minority shareholders in closely-held corporations regarding breach of fiduciary duty and voting trust claims
  • Homeowners in arbitrations regarding construction disputes
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment on securities fraud claims for defendant; Federal District Court denied plaintiffs' motion for class certification
  • Internet operating and development company prevailing on all claims in two week jury trial regarding insurance coverage


  • Boston Bar Foundation Society of Fellows
  • Boston Bar Association
    • Council, Member, elected to serve three year term, Fall 2013 - Summer 2016
    • Administration of Justice Section
      • Co-chair, Fall 2011 - Spring 2014
      • Member, 2009 - 2014
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Women's Bar Association

 Community Involvement

 Speaking Engagements and Publications

Sara Jane  Shanahan