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About me

I'm an attorney focused on working with business organizations and entrepreneurs to protect and grow their businesses. I have significant business and legal experience with issues that these clients commonly face, including compliance with employment law, business entity formation, conducting e-commerce and business over the Internet, structuring key employment, consulting, and vendor agreements, and acquiring or selling business assets, as well conducting the appropriate due dilligence and drafting and structuring these transactions.


Additionally, I've tried these issues before judges and juries in state and federal court, as well as represented employers in state and federal employment agencies proceedings. This experience gives my client the unique perspective for anticipating potential problems and risks and then to proactively manage those issues to eliminate or, at least, reduce the chance of getting dragged into litigation. I also write for and publish a leading Michigan focused Employment Law resource focused on issues relavant to employers. 



Practice areas


  1. Employment: 35%
    16 years, 100 cases
  2. Internet: 35%
    16 years
  3. Business: 25%
    16 years, 125 cases
  4. Intellectual Property: 5%
    10 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • James Allen McGrail

    Even from his time in law school, Mr Shinn has always proven himself to be the brightest of his peers. His advocacy on behalf of his clients is unrivaled.


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Contact info

Shinn Legal, PLC

3080 Orchard Lake Rd.
Suite C
Keego Harbor, MI, 48320


MIActive And In Good Standing200201/08/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Southeast Michigan's Finest HonoreeCystic Fibrosis Foundation2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyShinn Legal, PLC2010 - Present
Retained as E-Discovery Trial ConsultantPrivate2011 - 2011
Retained as E-Discovery Trial ConsultantPrivate2009 - 2009
Associate AttorneyLipson Neilson Cole Seltzer & Garin, PC Attorneys & Counselors At Law2005 - 2010
Associate AttorneyRoetzel & Andress2004 - 2005
Associate AttorneyCooper & Walinski Lpa2001 - 2003
Law Clerk to General CounselUniversity of Michigan2000 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Labor & Employment Law Section of the State Bar of MichiganMember2010 - Present
Information Technology Law Section, State Bar of MichiganMember2009 - Present
Defense Research InstituteMember2001 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Traynors v McMillen (Oakland County, Michigan Circuit Court)Summary disposition granted in favor of my client on liability grounds
Chartier v Kelsey Judd (St. Clair County, Michgan Circuit Court)Case dismissed against my client.
Huntington National Bank v Weldon F Stump & Co, Inc, 160 Ohio App 3d 14; 825 NE 2d (2005)Judgment in favor of receiver
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wayne State University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Central Michigan UniversityBiological PsychologyBS - Bachelor of Science1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Michigan Internet Privacy Protection ActMichigan Employment Law & Social Media2013
Thomas M. Cooley Law Review SymposiumData Mining: Who's Mining Your Business?2011
Joomla! Detroit MeetUpE-Commerce and Internet Law2010
Ohio Judicial ConferencePandora’s Electronic Box: Electronic Discovery in Litigation2003