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Shaun A. Hannafin

Landlord or tenant Attorney at Boston, MA

5.0   19 reviews

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Attorney Shaun A. Hannafin founded the Law Offices of Shaun A. Hannafin in 2014, and has experience in a variety of legal fields: criminal prosecution, legislative, tax, real estate and corporate law. Prior to founding his own firm, Mr. Hannafin gained experience at several notable organizations, including the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, the Massachusetts State House, the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board, and Decombe & Decombe, an international real estate firm located in on the island of Saint Barthelemy in the French West"_blank">Shaun A. Hannafin, Esq.


Prior to founding his own firm, Mr. Hannafin gained experience in a variety of legal fields, including: criminal prosecution with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, legislative law at the Massachusetts State House, tax law with the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board, and international real estate and corporate law with Decombe & Decombe, an international real estate firm located in the French West Indies. Mr. Hannafin’s experience, dedication, and perseverance allow him to zealously represent his clients’ best interest.



•    Roanoke College, VA

                        Business Major with a concentration in finance and accounting

•    New England Law, MA

                        Juris Doctorate



•    Massachusetts License to Practice Law

•    Massachusetts Real Estate Brokers License


Professional Associations

•    Massachusetts Bar Association

•    American Bar Association



•    English

•    French

•    Créole

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Licensed for 9 years
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 2013
Updated 09/19/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Law Offices of Shaun A. Hannafin, LLC
75 Arlington Street
Suite 500
Boston, MA, 02116-6495


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Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best landlord/tenant lawyer in Boston
Shaun is an absolutely phenomenal attorney. My girlfriend and I were facing a landlord-tenant dispute, and Shaun was recommended to us. From the first moment, he proved to be a very thoughtful and attentive listener, and was able to think critically about potential solutions. And in the end, he was able to help us reach an agreement that made great legal and financial sense on both sides, so everyone was happy. Shaun is extremely knowledgeable from both the landlord and tenant sides, so I would strongly recommend him for either type of case. Lastly, he is just a very friendly, personable, and honest attorney, and is very responsive. I really cannot recommend him enough.
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Posted by Eddie | June 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Intelligent, loyal, and considerate
Words cannot even describe how well Shaun handled our case. Shaun is intelligent, loyal, and considerate. We were tenants who were very busy and just wanted silence and peace. Without going into detail, we were essentially being harassed and they wouldn't listen to us. We were lucky to get someone who knew the tenant-landlord laws as well as Shaun. Shaun really is a true strategist, just like other people have said. He made sure to work with us every step of the way and really listened to our concerns. Shaun took his time to explain everything to us and answer every question we had. We had spoken to other attorneys prior to this and they were not as knowledgeable as Shaun. They even charged a way higher fee than Shaun, which is really absurd. We got an outcome that was way beyond what our expectations were. We are very thankful to Shaun for doing an excellent job and protecting our rights. We are glad we trusted him every step of the way. I highly recommend him for any tenant-landlord issues.
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Posted by Massi Ravasi | May 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Never seen any attorney this caring!
Shaun is the best attorney I have ever seen. He is very honest, superbly sharp, knowledgeable about every law and loopholes, and extremely caring. He got me the eviction from court very strategically. But the tenant kept on intimidating everyone with bits and pieces of law. 3 constables back out and said they are afraid they will lose their licese over her. Even sheriff didn’t want to deal with her. Shaun took everything in his hand when I basically gave up. He never gave up. The tenant went to court sometimes couple of time a day and Shaun followed her. He made sure on the day of eviction he would be present with all the paperwork. I dealt with many attorneys, honestly I have never seen an attorney with heart. someone who would go this far to make sure you win. All with an extremely reasonable rate and many times he just didn’t charge me. You don’t go wrong with him and would immediately feel you have someone who cares more for your case than yourself.
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Posted by Miriam | January 26, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best Landlord-Tenant Attorney
It was a great experience working with Shaun on a issue with my former landlord, which has been successfully solved. Shaun has offered an excellent assistance and he was extremely helpful and very knowledgeable. I strongly recommend him, since his work is outstanding and I firmly believe he is one of the best Landlord-Tenant lawyers you can work with.
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Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good Lawyer + Great Guy = Very Satisfied Client
I had two consultations before I met with Shaun about my no-fault eviction. The other lawyers thought/ recommended it'd be easier for me to just move, which just wasn't an option at that time. During my first meeting with Shaun, he presented more than one option for how to proceed and explained the potential results for each action as well as the counter options available to my landlord, all of which kept me in my apt. till I was able to move. His transparency was 100% which is why I trust him. His disclosure about what he was doing (sending notices, asking for discovery) kept me informed throughout the process, so there were never any surprises. He guided me re: the documentation I should have regarding the eviction and also filed a Cease and Desist on my behalf so that he dealt directly with the landlord, which was great because she was not an easy person to deal with. He is very calm and courteous, so even when disclosing unpleasant news, it's hard NOT to like him. His knowledge of the MA Landlord/Tenant Rights and Laws as well as how things work in housing court kept me housed until I found a place and after I moved we then proceeded to file and won a small claim settlement against my landlord. She had breached a number of tenant rights when I asked if he thought this was worth pursuing and he explained why it was and took the quickest path toward resolution. The whole process from Notice to Vacate to small claims settlement took 5 months, which is really fast for housing court or court in general. I walked away without an eviction on my otherwise perfect tenancy record and the satisfaction of showing my landlady that it's NOT okay to bully tenants or breach the terms of a lease. The extra cash was a total bonus! I recommend any tenant or landlord, who is a reasonable person to the Law Offices of Shaun A. Hannafin.
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Posted by Karen | June 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Friendly
Shaun was a pleasure to work with and was very helpful in leading us through the eviction process. Massachusetts does not have the easiest eviction process, but with his help, the eviction went smoothly. He is knowledgeable, professional, and kind. During the process, he had multiple chances to charge more money, but instead recommended cheaper alternatives. He really has your best interest in mind and I would wholeheartedly recommend him.
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Posted by Deborah | May 25, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Good Guy
I emailed Shaun for advice before signing a lease in a situation that was unusual so I wanted to be extra careful, ending my note by saying I would call him later same day to follow up. He responded to my call about 4 hours later, having already reviewed the lease I attached to my note. He was warm, knowledgeable, clear and relateable. Good guy!
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Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Communicative and attentive to client
From the moment of contact Shaun was quick to communicate. He took the time to consult with me via phone to explain the legal fees and other details related to his service. Legal retainer is a reasonable and fair price. Shaun was totally transparent in his fee breakdown and refunded me for a large portion of my retainer after the case was closed - great efficiency! Throughout the case process, Shaun updated me on pertinent details and consulted me on how best to proceed. He is a well-qualified real estate attorney who handled the case in such a way that I had to do very little. My landlord was trying to evict me and Shaun negotiated a fair outcome. Highly recommended to anyone who needs help with real estate especially tenant/Landlord issues. Thanks Shaun, for resolving my eviction case to my expectations!
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Posted by Gail | April 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
excelent lawyer
Shaun is highly knowledgeable in the eviction field. He worked through the detailed and hard eviction process of Mass for us and helped us regain possession of our apartment. Shaun was always promptly available by phone or email whenever we had questions or needed reassurance. We felt comfortable with Shaun because he is honest and straight forward. We highly recommend Shaun. He goes above and beyond to get the job done.
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Posted by Yamin/Monica | February 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Shaun a Hannafin Gets The Job Done...
I am a Landlord and Mr. Hannafin took my eviction case after it was rejected by 3 big Law Firms. They were afraid to take my case because it was complicated. Mr. Hannafin is a kind, intelligent, and experienced person. He will return your calls quickly and he truly cared about my case. God Bless Him!!
Posted by Orla | December 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
incredible lawyer, expert at landlord/tenant disputes
Shaun is absolutely incredible. He's an expert in landlord/tenant disputes and his knowledge of the law (particularly in MA) is unsurpassed. He provided me with brilliant counsel and he knew exactly how to navigate a complex and stressful situation to protect my best interest. He's a true strategist. Not only did he help me arrive at an outcome that far exceeded my expectations, he gave me reassurance throughout the process. I felt so much better with Shaun in my corner. I highly recommend him to anyone (landlord or tenant) who's having a problem with a rental property.
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Posted by Dorka | July 1, 2015
Best Attorney in Massachusetts.
Best Attorney In Massachusetts. Good person and loyal , fair prices, professional on his work and excellent morals. Give him your cases and you won't have a peace of mind. I did. :)
Posted by M Khan | June 10, 2015
Excellent attorney!
I hired Shaun Hannafin to represent me to get my security deposit back from my former landlord. I was really happy with the service he provided not only did he get me more money than what was owed to me, he did it all so fast. He explained everything to me extremely clearly (the process, my rights as tenant and how he was going to deal with it), he kept me up to date on the status of my case and answered my many questions without any delay. I would highly recommend Shaun!
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Posted by Chandler | February 18, 2015
I was in a dispute with a landlord that could potentially have become so costly that it might have bankrupted my family. After years of harassment, neglect of public health and safety laws and other problems - the Landlord was attempting to exaggerate damages caused by my wife's pet, and undertake significant a costly, invasive and potentially risky construction project in our apartment that would have made it impossible to determine what we were actually liable for, and the require us to pay for the whole undertaking. When I began to realize this was occurring, I began shopping for legal help. In an initial consult, Shaun was very generous with his time in listening through the nuances of what was happening, and raised a number of key legal issues for getting the situation under control. When the situation escalated rapidly in the following week, I called Shaun who was able to come to the property within 48 hours to see first-hand what was happening, and once retained actually was filing motions with a judge on my behalf within a couple of days. Based on Shaun's advice and actions in the court, both the facts and legal implications of the entire situation were so clear to all parties that we reached an agreement that ended the whole problem and we were all able to proceed with no further dispute or expense. I would definitely go back to Shaun for any legal issue, and would strongly recommend him to others.
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Posted by Victor | January 19, 2015
Helped me out with an irate Landlord
Shaun Helped me handle a situation with an irate Landlord who wanted to put me out on the street without notice after buying the building where I was a renter. Shaun gave me advice about Landlord - Tenant laws, which threats coming from the irate landlord were bogus and also did all the communication with said landlord. My blood pressure went down significantly and I was able to focus on finding a decent place to move to in a reasonable timeframe. I am very happy with his services.
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Posted by Erute | January 8, 2015
Good guy, great lawyer. Successfully negotiated lease break termination fee issue.
I fully and happily endorse/recommend Shaun Hannafin. He handled a recent Landlord-Tenant issue for me both expeditiously and to satisfaction. Shaun listened to my concerns, helped me shape a winning strategy, presented my case to the Landlord, handled the back-and-forth negotiations, and ultimately secured a favorable outcome for me. From our first meeting, Shaun struck me as smart, compassionate, experienced and knowledgeable, and most importantly, he exhibited a genuine desire and eagerness to help me resolve my matter. (I cannot stress enough how important it is to have a lawyer that genuinely cares about your case.) And over the course of our working together, he has confirmed, and moreover exceeded, my initial impressions. I think you’ll find working with Shaun both a winning move and a pleasurable, stress-free experience. I sure did. Thank you.
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Posted by Maureen | January 2, 2015
Shaun is an excellent Tenant Attorney
I am so pleased with the legal assistance I have received! My landlord is selling her house, and one day she presented a Tenant Estoppel Certificate for me to sign. On initially reading it, it seemed OK except that it did not mention my Escrow Account and was very brief. I called Shaun and asked if he would review it for me. He did and then requested that I email him my Tenant At Will agreement, a list of verbal and written permissions, and a list of conditions of premises. With all of this information, Shaun wrote up a new, comprehensive Tenant Estoppel. In addition to providing me with the new Estoppel, he has continually been willing to explain things to me over the phone, and I had many questions about things I didn't understand. I never felt like my questions were a pain to him. He is very kind and professional!
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Posted by Dorka | August 12, 2014
I think Shaun is one of the few people who still exist, a person of very high values, honest, loyal and Integrity.
When I met Shaun, we review the evidence together ... "He explained so well" as he has been doing these type of cases for many years, I felt a relief when we give him the case. During the process, despite the difficulties many lawyers gave him, he did his job very well. The way it was expressed was as shown since we met as a person, polite, honest, intelligent, loyal, take the trouble not only to be a good lawyer and get the job done, but was also a very impressive as a person as he is a loyal friend / lawyer. Readers I tell you! I think this man is a fallen angel from heaven, to do justice to all of us the righteous. With tears in my eyes I thank Shaun thanks for your understanding in this matter, for fairness, kindness, professionalism in all you did, thanks for doing justice, not just for me and my family, but also the baby we lost. I thank the Lord for giving you the opportunity to come to earth and help people like us. We will be eternally grateful that you did your job not for the money but to do justice and give the message that the company or individual that they should not play with the health of others. In my opinion you are the angel, Massachusetts has been waiting for to do justice and help others too.
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Posted by Brigitte | June 23, 2014
A Relieved Landlord
Very responsive. Non-judgmental advice based on law presented. I had been very disturbed by a tenant issue and this attorney made me understand that it is not as bad as I thought, and made practical, useful suggestions. I have made an appointment with him and plan on establishing a relationship for future issues with other tenants.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 200-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Law Office of Shaun A. Hannafin, LLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Summer Associate
  • Decombe & Decombe
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Judicial Clerkship
  • Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Legislative Researcher
  • Massachusetts State House
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Summer Intern
  • Suffolk County Da's Office
  • 2010 - 2010
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  • New England Law Boston
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • Roanoke College
  • BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 2010

Legal Cases

  • Wei v. Roberts
  • Judgment for possession
  • Admasu v. Barnhill
  • Judgment for Possession
  • Nunes v. Shea et al.
  • Agreement for Judgment


  • American Bar Association
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • 2014 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • English


  • Most Outstanding Landlord-Tenant Legal Services
  • Corporate Live Wire
  • 2016
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015


  • City Shopper Boston
  • LIVING TRUSTS: Not Only for the Rich
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (18)
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Shaun and I collaborated on a landlord tenant matter. His attention to the client's concerns and ability to spot potential claims impressed me and the client. Shaun is dedicated, intelligent and a good negotiator. I certainly trust him in front of my clients as well as other attorneys."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Hannafin is a diligent, hardworking, and compassionate attorney. He is a devoted advocate for his clients and works to hard obtain the best results possible. Attorney Hannafin's knowledge and experience will make any client comfortable with their legal matter. I endorse this lawyer."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shaun is an excellent and dedicated lawyer! I would refer any client with a Landlord & Tenant issue to him!"
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Attorney Hannafin and I were opposing counsel recently in a landlord-tenant dispute in Boston. I found Attorney Hannafin to be well-prepared, practical and professional. His knowledge of the law and ability to establish trust with his client paved the way for a very good resolution for all parties involved. I unequivocally endorse this lawyer."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"While we haven't met in person, Mr. Hannafin consistently gives accurate, thoughtful responses to questions here on AVVO."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Hannafin has a broad range of experience. He is a well-regarded by his fellow attorneys, and his Avvo comments reflect a strong understanding of the legal issues that many people face."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Shaun is a tremendous asset to the legal community and to all potential clients. I highly recommend Shaun."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Shaun represented the opposing party in a landlord-tenant matter. Shaun was honest, ethical, and zealously represented his client's best interest. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Real estate Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the opportunity to work with Mr. Hannafin on an international real estate matter requiring detailed analysis and review of the laws of both France and the United States and in particular the State of Massachusetts relating to the structuring of the purchase and laws regarding the same in the the State of Massachusetts. Mr. Hannafin's assistance was much appreciated. He is analytical, thorough and detail oriented, all while sensitive to the client's needs. I endorse this lawyer."
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