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.
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Phil is one of the very few criminal defense attorneys that I refer clients to. Phil is an outstanding and devoted advocate. He is respected by his peers, adversaries and the judiciary. I recommend him without reservation.
Wallace Tetlow Criminal Defense Attorney
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|Attorney||Law Office of Philip Shanahan, P.C.||2010 - Present|
|Attorney||Allen Dayan & Associates, Inc.||2007 - 2010|
|Assistant Public Advocate||State of Alaska Office of Public Advocacy||1998 - 2007|
|Attorney||Law Office of Philip Shanahan||1994 - 1998|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Alaska Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Founding Member||2010 - Present|
|Alaska Academy of Trial Lawyers||Member||2004 - 2010|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||1997 - Present|
|Alaska Bar Association||Member||1994 - Present|
|Northeastern University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1993|
|Stonehill College||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1990|
|CLE||Negotiations in a Criminal Case||2007|