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Shawn Thomas Flaherty

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Shawn Flaherty is the founding partner of the Pittsburgh law firm FLAHERTY FARDO, LLC.  He has been a practicing attorney in the state of Pennsylvania and in the Third Circuit for over 20 years. 


Prior to founding the law firm FLAHERTY FARDO, LLC, Shawn Flaherty was a partner in Woodruff & Flaherty, P.C.  There he partnered with Attorney Dwayne D. Woodruff, Esquire, who is now a presiding Judge in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. 

Mr. Flaherty is the son of the late Mayor Pete Flaherty and a life long resident of Allegheny County.

Shawn is a 1982 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and a 1985 graduate of Duquesne Law School.


In 2006 Shawn served the 30th District of Western Pennsylvania at the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives.  Here, he advocated strongly for property tax reform, focusing on tax cuts for small businesses and individuals.


He has represented and successfully settled numerous high profile litigation cases including a successful police brutality suit against an Olympic hopeful boxer.


He has extensive experience in truck and bus accident cases.  He is very knowledgeable with the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations) as well as trucking cases involving fixed commercial driver log-books and commercial driver fatigue.


In 2008, he gained press for a jury verdict against the Port Authority of Allegheny County in a case that was highly disputed by the Port Authority.


Shawn Flaherty has a reputation for refusing to back down.  His business clients are always impressed with his depth of understanding. He garners this depth of understanding by fully interviewing his clients prior to taking their case.  He is known for firmness when dealing with a hostile party and for taking a conciliatory approach when settlement is within reach.  He knows the difference between litigation and settlement and knows when to make the appropriate recommendation to his client.

Presently, he remains general counsel to numerous businesses, including Day Automotive, and remains focused on litigation involving serious personal injuries and truck and bus accidents. 


He serves on both the Allegheny County Library Board and the Pittsburgh Economic Development Board.  He remains active and committed to his local and political community and to the city of Pittsburgh.  He resides with his wife, Debbie Flaherty and his children, in the Fox Chapel area of Pittsburgh.  His personal interests include golf, skiing and politics.


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Practice Areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    2 years
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
    2 years
  3. Business: 25%
    2 years


Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Joseph Alexander Paletta

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Joseph Paletta DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • James Paul Coletta

    I endorse this lawyer. Shawn has successfulyy hand hundreds of Real Estate tax appeals.


    James Coletta Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Flaherty Fardo LLC

5541 Walnut St.
Pittsburgh, PA, 15232



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
2009 Readers Choice - Best Attorneys SilverTrib Total Media - Reader Choice Awards2009
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerFlaherty Fardo1997 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Allegheny Library AssociationBoard Member2006 - Present
Allegheny County Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Duquesne University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Carnegie Mellon UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Law Review CLEBusiness Formations; Small and Emerging Businesses2013
Law Review CLEBusiness Contracts A-Z; Reviews, Drafts & Negotiations2012