Sara Jane Shanahan receives the 2016 Perlman Service Award from the Litigation Counsel of America

December 2, 2016

Sherin and Lodgen LLP announces that Sara Jane Shanahan received the Perlman Service Award from the Fellows of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) in recognition of her significant achievements in advocacy, as well as her service to the community and bar. The award was presented during the 2016 LCA Fall Conference & Celebration of Fellows, October 19-21 at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida. Shanahan was selected a Fellow of the LCA in 2015.

Shanahan is chair of Sherin and Lodgen’s Litigation Department and co-chair of the firm’s Business Litigation Group. Her practice focuses on complex business litigation and insurance coverage disputes. She 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. She is also a member of the firm’s management committee.

Active in the Massachusetts legal and philanthropic communities, Shanahan donates her time to a number of organizations. She is a former member of the Boston Bar Association’s (“BBA”) Council and presently represents the BBA as Chair of the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments.  Shanahan is a long-serving member of the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice Board of Directors, which promotes equal rights and opportunities for Massachusetts residents by developing and advocating for systemic solutions to social justice issues. Active in her hometown of Wellesley, MA, Shanahan serves as co-chair of the Hardy, Hunnewell, & Upham Schools Master Plan Committee, which is charged with making a master plan recommendation to the School Committee.  Additionally, Shanahan serves as Secretary of the Wellesley Club, which promotes literary and social culture among its members. An ardent supporter of the Girl Scouts, Shanahan has been a Troop Leader, this year is the Wellesley Service Unit Co-Coordinator, and has served on the planning committee for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts’ “Leading Women Awards” event. She also serves on the Advisory Committee of the New England Legal Foundation (NELF), a not-for-profit public interest foundation whose mission is promoting public discourse on the proper role of free enterprise in our society and advancing free enterprise principles in the courtroom.


Sara Jane Shanahan pictured with Justice Karen Green of the Massachusetts Superior Court.

About the Litigation Counsel of America

The Litigation Counsel of America is an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society established to reflect the new face of the American bar. Membership is limited to 3,500 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. The composition of the LCA is aggressively diverse, with recognition of excellence among American litigation and trial counsel across all segments of the bar.

The Peter Perlman Service Awards recognize Fellows of the LCA and others within the legal profession who contribute in meaningful ways to society by giving back their time and resources in an effort to improve the lives of others.