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Philip E. Shanahan

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Phil Shanahan has been a successful and aggressive criminal defense attorney in Alaska since 1994. At the beginning, Attorney Shanahan worked as a contract attorney for several of Anchorage's finest criminal defense and family law attorneys. It was then that he realized that representing individuals accused of crimes was where he wanted to focus his career. For the first several years, Defense Attorney Shanahan had a small private practice; during that time, he also continued his work as a contract attorney, learning from the best of the best.


He joined the State of Alaska Office of Public Advocacy (OPA) upon the invitation of then-Public Advocate Brant McGee in 1998. For nine years, Mr. Shanahan represented indigent people accused of wrongs by the State. Over 95% of those cases involved felony charges, including all levels of homicide, sexual assault, drug and property-related charges. By the time he left OPA, Attorney Shanahan had spent the last five years handling a felony caseload of upwards of 120 felonies at any given time.


In 2007, Mr. Shanahan joined a private law firm, again practicing exclusively as a criminal defense attorney. During these years, he found that defending DUI/DWI charges was an especially important part of his criminal law practice. He had success at both the administrative DMV hearing level, as well as in the criminal courts of Alaska. During his time at this firm, Mr. Shanahan also represented individuals charged in Federal Court, including those accused of white-collar and drug-related offenses.


In 2010, the Law Office of Philip Shanahan, P.C. was formed and, since then, Mr. Shanahan has continued his successful representation of individuals accused of all levels of criminal offenses.  With over 20 years of experience, Mr. Shanahan is ready, willing and able to help you with any criminal law problems you may be facing. 


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 60%
    22 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
    22 years



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  • Frederick T. Slone

    I have known Phil Shanahan for many years. Phil is an excellent criminal defense lawyer, with a excellent reputation in the criminal defense community. Phil is hard working, trustworthy, and cares about his clients. I recommend Phil for anyone charged with a criminal offense in the Anchorage community.


    Frederick Slone DUI & DWI Attorney
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  • Gretchen L. Staft

    Phil is an excellent defense attorney and has a great reputation in the legal community. He is experienced, compassionate, and diligent, and I endorse him without reservation.


    Gretchen Staft Criminal Defense Attorney
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Contact info

Law Office of Philip Shanahan PC

134 West 15th Avenue
Anchorage, AK, 99501-3459


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Philip Shanahan, P.C.2010 - Present
AttorneyAllen Dayan & Associates, Inc.2007 - 2010
Assistant Public AdvocateState of Alaska Office of Public Advocacy1998 - 2007
AttorneyLaw Office of Philip Shanahan1994 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Advisory Committee (Alaska)Member2013 - Present
Alaska Association of Criminal Defense LawyersFounding Member/Member of Board of Directors (2016-2018)2010 - Present
Alaska Academy of Trial LawyersMember2004 - 2010
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1997 - Present
Alaska Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northeastern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Stonehill CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLENegotiations in a Criminal Case2007