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Shawn Michael Dorward

Shawn Michael Dorward

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense

Shawn Dorward

About Me

Shawn M. Dorward, Esq.

Shawn Dorward of The McShane Firm is recognized as one of the most
dedicated and hardworking attorneys in Pennsylvania, making him an
outstanding protector of your rights. He has handled hundreds of cases
ranging from Pennsylvania DUI (including CDL and refusal
cases), to DUI with drugs, assault, battery, and domestic cases such as
divorce, support, and child custody. With your case, Shawn vows to
work extremely hard to secure for you the best possible outcome.

visit our DUI blog to learn more about PA DUI.

For more information about Shawn's
Qualifications as a Harrisburg DUI Lawyer.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2008

  1. DUI & DWI: 70%
    8 years, 140 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    8 years, 60 cases



Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (120 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

30 total 

  • Justin James McShane

    Those who would look at Attorney Dorward's chronological age or number years in practice might make the very foolish mistake of taking him lightly. Well that would be a mistake of biblical proportions. For years, Attorney Dorward personally served as my law clerk developing and sharpening his trial skills. He has more training in the areas of law that he practices than anyone around the local area. If you are an adversary and you sleep on him, it will be like a Pearl Harbor event in your life. If you are an existing or potential new client, then you would be foolish to not use him to help you.


    Justin McShane DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

  • William T Bly

    Shawn has been practicing law for a short time but he has been studying the fine points of criminal litigation for a long period of time. Shawn clerked for Justin McShane while studying for the bar. During that time, Shawn was involved in numerous cases and helped Attorney McShane prepare for trial. While learning from the best, Shawn has been busy developing his own style and finding his own voice. He is a charismatic lawyer and a skilled trial attorney. His experience is vast in comparison to his time in practice and in fact, he already has more trial experience than many attorneys with 10+ years of experience. If you are considering retaining Shawn you should have absolute confidence in his abilities and commitment to your case.


    William Bly DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The McShane Firm LLC

3601 Vartan Way
2nd Floor,
Harrisburg, PA, 17110



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
2012 Summer Session GraduateNational College for DUI Defense2012
6th Annual Family Law InstitutePennsylvania Bar Institute2011
7th Annual Advanced DUI SeminarMaryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association2011
NCDD Serum Ethanol False Positive Due to NADHNational College for DUI Defense2011
NCDD Summer Session at Harvard LawNational College for DUI Defense2011
Litigating Sex Crimes seminarPennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2011
What Family Court Judges Want You to Know SeminarNBI2011
Learning at the Footsteps of the Master seminarTerry McCarthy II2011
Child Custody From A to Z: In the Best Interests of the ChildNational Business Institute2010
Just Because You are an Expert…Doesn’t Make You Lecture Series2010
7th Annual Advanced DUI Seminar Killer Cross in DUI casesMaryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association2010
Mass Spectrometry lecture and WorkshopMid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists2010
Certification in Forensic Sobriety AssessmentForensic Sobriety Assessment2010
Summer Session at Harvard LawNational College for DUI Defense2010
Blood Alcohol Content by Headspace/Gas ChromatographyPerkin-Elmer2010
Controlling the Mob Mentality: Defending Sexual Assault CasesNACDL2010
Regents Choice Award for 2010 Summer Session (1 of 2 recipients)National College for DUI Defense2010
The Truth About Forensic Science Method ValidationPACLE2010
Probate Practice: The Essential BasicsNational Business Institute2009
Seminar on Criminal LawPennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2009
Annual Criminal Law SymposiumPennsylvania Bar Institute2009
Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements seminarPennsylvania Bar Institute2009
Advanced Issues in Breath Alcohol TestingIT&D Ltd2009
Computer Forensics SeminarINA, Inc.2009
Advanced Forensic Blood and Urine SeminarGeorgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National College for DUI Defense, Headlines Marketing2009
Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement CertificationAs Recognized by NHTSA2009
NHTSA/IACP Drug Recognition Expert (DRE)As Recognized by NHTSA2009
NCDD Summer Session at Harvard Law School-Cambridge, MANCDD2009
Annual Criminal Law SymposiumPennsylvania Bar Institute2008
Evidentiary Breath Alcohol Technician for Intoxilyzer 5000Industrial Training and Design, Ltd.2008
Drugs That Impair DrivingImpaired Driving Specialists2008
Fundamentals of Estate PlanningPennsylvania Bar Institute2008
Instructor in SFST AdministrationImpaired Driving Specialists2008
Certified User of the Intoximeters Alco-Sensor FSTIntoximeters, Inc.2008
Certified Instructor of the Intoximeters Alco-Sensor FSTIntoximeters, Inc.2008
Introduction to Sentencing in Pennsylvania SeminarPennsylvania Commission on Sentencing2008
6th Annual Advanced DUI SeminarMaryland Criminal Defense Attorney's Association2008

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Litigation AssociateThe McShane Firm, LLC.2008 - Present
Head Law ClerkThe McShane Firm, LLC2007 - 2008

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Pennsylvania Association for Drunk Driving Defense- Newsletter CommitteeCo-chair2011 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2007 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Dauphin County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2007 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2007 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2007 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Commonwealth v. Justin Chad ToberyAggravated Assault by Vehicle While DUI dismissed
Felony Unlawful Use of Computer, TheftAll counts dismissed
Aggravated Assault (First Degree Felony), Criminal Trespassing (Third Degree Felony): Dismissed at Preliminary HearingDismissed at Preliminary Hearing

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thurgood Marshall School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Temple UniversitySport and Recreation ManagementBS - Bachelor of Science2004

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Evaluating the DUI Case- PittsburghProcedural Issues in a DUI Case2012
Evaluating the DUI Case- MechanichsburgProcedural Issues in a DUI Case2012
Evaluating the DUI Case - PhiladelphiaProcedural Issues in a DUI Case2012 Lecture SeriesHow an Analytical Chemist is your Best Friend2010
Impaired Driving SpecialistsNHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor2008