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Shanlon Wu

Criminal defense Attorney at Washington, DC

5.0   1 review

also known as Shan Wu

  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 33 years
    Connecticut - CT 35 years
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1990
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1988
    Administrative Suspension No misconduct found

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

About Shanlon

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Attorney Wu has been the premier criminal defense attorney in D.C. since 1990. If you've been accused of a crime, especially a violent or sex crime, you'll need a knowledgeable lawyer. Call Attorney Wu immediately for a consultation.

  2. Education
    Attorney Wu is thoroughly knowledgeable about education law. As a founding member of D.C. Student Defense, he is ready to help defend you against criminal and disciplinary violations. Call Attorney Wu today for a case evaluation.

  3. White collar crime
    The Law Office of Wu, Grohovsky & Whipple, P.L.L.C. is supremely capable of handling your white collar crime matters. If you've been accused of a white collar crime, call now.

  4. Sex crime
    If you've been accused of a sex crime, you will want an aggressive and knowledgeable advocate defending you. This may be the most stressful time of your life and you'll want Attorney Wu by your side. Call now.

White Collar and college student defense attorney and founding member of Wu, Grohovsky & Whipple, a Washington., D.C.-based boutique law firm.  Over 10 years of experience as a federal prosecutor in the Washington, D.C. gives me the understanding and skills necessary to take on cases involving colleges students accused of university conduct code violations and criminal charges such as drug possession, alcohol violations, assault, and sexual assault as well as university academic honor code violations such as cheating and plagiarism. 

In addition to my experience as a federal prosecutor, I also served as Counsel to Attorney General Janet Reno. During that time, I also served as a liaison to the FBI, DEA, and National Institute of Justice, among others. Utilizing this background, I also represent high profile clients in white collar criminal matters.

Currently, I contribute insights and commentary on current events as a CNN Legal Analyst. 


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Wu, Grohovsky & Whipple, P.L.L.C.
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW Ste 700
Washington, DC, 20004-3024

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Posted by Ashley | September 20, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
I was able to continue my education, uninterrupted!
Shan was a huge help to me when the campus police came to our dorm room and charged me and several other students with disorderly conduct violations. He and his team helped me defend my case and explain what had happened to the university. I had never been in any trouble before and was at a loss about what to do and what my rights were in the college system. It was a great relief to have him on my side. Thanks to Shan, the case against me was dismissed while other students received punishments from the school. I recommend him highly to any students facing trouble on campus or in the courts!
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Wu, Grohovsky & Whipple
  • 2010 - Present
  • Professor
  • Georgetown Univ. Law Center
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Partner
  • Wheat Wu PLLC
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Councel to U.S. Attorney
  • Us Dept Of Justice
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • Us Dept Of Justice
  • 1990 - 2001
  • judicial clerk
  • Us Court Of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • 1989 - 1990
  • Judicial clerk
  • U.S. District Court of Northern Texas
  • 1988 - 1989
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  • Georgetown College
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • M.F.A. Fine Arts
  • 1984
  • Vassar College
  • A.B. English
  • 1980

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine | Student Conduct Code Violation
  • Found Not in Violation
  • Sexual Assault | Student Conduct Code Violation
  • Found not in violation
  • Cheating on an exam | Academic Honor Code Violation
  • found not in violation


  • Assistant United States Attorneys Association of the District of Columbia
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Past President
  • N/A
  • D.C. Bar Association’s Board of Professional Responsibility
  • Hearing Committee
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Mandarin

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
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Given (4)
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Education Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Shan Wu is the premier college student defense lawyer in the country. He started doing college student disciplinary cases long before everyone else and has a particular expertise in campus sexual assaults since he used to prosecute sex crimes for the U.S. Department of Justice. Students facing both university discipline charges and criminal cases usually cannot find one attorney who has the experience and skills to handle simultaneous criminal charges and university charges but Shan can handle both. He’s the best choice for college student defense."
Education Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Shan is a tenacious and highly skilled courtroom lawyer who is equally at home before judges, juries and university administrators. His clients really benefit from his experience as a federal prosecutor. He is extremely familiar with the D.C. local and federal courts and can help any client navigate the criminal justice system."
White collar crime Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shan is an experienced and extremely effective advocate particularly effective and able attorney, with a specialty in representing college students with on-campus related criminal issues. His firm is nimble and very competitively priced."
Education Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shan Wu is a phenomenal advocate with tremendous experience in student defense and criminal defense. I have referred him several matters and without reservation endorse him. If you or someone you know is charged with a crime or facing student disciplinary proceedings, I would absolutely contact Shan Wu."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shan is a terrific litigator. He is tough when the situation demands it, but always thoughtful and creative in seeking the right solutions for clients. I have been impressed with his results, and look forward to being able to work with him again in the future."
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