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William Peter Shanahan III

Divorce and separation Attorney at Jacksonville, NC

5.0   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2013
    Status
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About William

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I graduated, cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School in 2013.  Before attending Notre Dame, I earned a Bechelor of Arts in Political Science from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.

 

Upon graduation and passing the North Carolina State Bar, I joined Silva, Kiernan and Associates.  My area of practice is primarily limited to Real Estate and Family Law.  I have tried numerous cases in both District and Superior Court.  I have represented people in Divorces, Child Custody and Support actions, Spousal Support and Alimony actions, Domestic Violence Protection Order actions, Equitable Distribution actions, Termination of Parental Rights actions, and Adoptions.

 

In addition to my day job, I try to stay involved in the community.  In doing so, I have served on the Onslow County Board of Elections, the Parks & Recreation Citizen Advisory Board, and, currently, I am honored to serve as a Commissioner on the Onslow County Board of Commissioners.

Location

Silva, Kiernan & Associates
825 Gum Branch Rd.
Suite 135
Jacksonville, NC, 28540

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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely impressed!
Mr. Shanahan was always very professional and caring. He listened to all my concerns about my case and answered every question I had. He was very quick with all his responses either via phone call or email. If I ever wanted to meet with him he was usually avaible that same week to sit down and discuss my case. His paralegal Suzanne was extremely nice and polite. They both made this experience less daunting. The receptionist Danielle was also very cheerful and inviting and the office was always kept very tidy. I would recommend Mr. Shanahan and his team to anyone.
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Response from William Shanahan December 5, 2017
Thank you so much for your kind words. I certainly agree with you that Suzanne and Danielle are both awesome. They make my life a million times better.
Posted by Margaret | November 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Two Thumbs Up!
1. Mr. Shanahan was instrumental in helping me to work through complicated, multi-sated guardianship issues successfully. His staff, especially Suzanne, kept me informed every step of the way and arranged for meetings at my convenience. Mr. Shanahan and staff were always professional, understanding and very kind. I would not hesitate to ask for his services in the future. 2. I had previously had Mr. Shanahan's help with the successful completion of a guardianship issue, so I did not hesitate to call on his expertise again in an issue regarding animal safety. He was able to negotiate with ADA and concerned parties to have this matter taken care of promptly and quite successfully. Mr. Shanahan and his staff were always professional, prompt, and very helpful. Again, I would not hesitate to call on him again.
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Posted by Mike | May 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Mr. Shanahan and his Paralegal Suzanne were very professional, answered any questions that I had, did an awesome job with getting anything I needed taken care of, and took care of everything in a timely manner keeping in contact with me the entire time. Thank you very much Mr. Shanahan and Suzanne you were awesome and I will be recommending you to anybody else in that area if they need a lawyer.
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Response from William Shanahan June 2, 2016
Thank you for your kind words. I'm happy we were able to represent you.
Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Mr. Shanahan was very professional and to the point with my case. He and his Paralegal Suzanne were on time with their services and if ever I am in need of Legal representation in the future his team will be my choice of representation. Thank you for your Service.
Response from William Shanahan June 2, 2016
I'm glad you were happy with our service. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if we can help you in the future.
Posted by Demargeo Clark | January 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer in Jacksonville!!
This lawyer was 100% better than my old lawyer, who was over priced. Mr. Shanahan took care of my case in the best possible way, with the upmost respect a lawyer and his staff could offer. I wouldn't have any problem choosing him again.
Response from William Shanahan January 27, 2016
I appreciate the warm words. I am happy things turned out the way they did and wish you all the best moving forward.
Posted by Alex | October 20, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Right man and staff for the job!!!
I have only spoken to Mr. Shanahan briefly on the phone due to moving to Washington. I read some reviews about Silva, Kiernan, and Associates and took a chance. After the initial free phone consultation regarding my divorce, there was really no need for me to be in direct contact with Mr. Shanahan. The reason: his paralegal, Suzanne, is AMAZING!!! She kept me regularly informed, was able to translate the legal process into something easily digestible, is punctual with her correspondence, and is the definition of perfect liaison between lawyer and client. Mr. Shanahan, like most lawyers, I imagine, was regularly in court. That said, you can't expect to have a direct 24/7 connection with your lawyer - they have other cases and etiquettes to follow while in court. I would say that Mr. Shanahan and Suzanne are a perfect team - professional, punctual, organized, and genuinely involved with the entire process.
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Response from William Shanahan October 22, 2015
First, let me say that I agree completely with your assessment of Suzanne. She is, in fact, amazing and indispensable to this firm. I'm glad you had a great experience. We certainly strive everyday to give clients the experience you have described.
Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer made us feel such relief in the matter at hand
Mr. Shanahan from day one has made us feel great we seeked legal counsel we had court and he handled every matter with such dignity he got us the results we wanted and seemed like such a easy process. Everything went perfect for us. My wife and I walked out so happy and talked all day about how happy we were to have Mr. Shanahan on our side. As with the entire law firm we have had such relief. Mr. Silva is the man and Mr. Shanahan too. My wife and I talk everyday day how everything will be fine and reason being is because we have best attorney's in Onslow county and that felling is remarkable due to the other parties can choose whoever and we will win its amazing feeling. If you have any trouble every I am TELLING YOU GO WITH SILVA,KIERNAN & ASSOCIATES I promise you won't regret or walk out feeling uhhhhhh. You'll walk out with smile and knowing the law is on your side!!!!!
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Posted by Julian | August 14, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Criminal Defense Attorney
I had never been in trouble in my entire life, let alone hired a lawyer. I had hired with Mr. Shanahan to maintain a good record in society. The level of professionalism, courtesy, and skill that I encountered at his office was outstanding. The timeframe it took to close my case was superb as well. I would highly recommend him to anyone that needs a lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2015
Outstanding Criminal Defense Attorney!!!
I was charged with three felonies in August 2014. I had never been in trouble in my entire life, let alone hired a lawyer. I had consulted four other attorneys before I ended up with Mr. Shanahan. None of them were even close to the level of professionalism, courtesy, and skill that I encountered at his office. They all had me convinced I was going to away for a long time. He told me that WASN'T going to happen. The ladies at Silva, Sweet, & Kiernan are the absolute best, and treat you with such respect. I made my appointment for that day, and thankfully they fit me in. I met with Mr. Silva and Mr. Shanahan during my consultation. I was immediately at ease. He helped me calm down, he explained the entire criminal process, and he made me feel I had a second chance. He offered to walk to me the magistrate's, walk me through the process to turn myself in, and helped me get a signature bond. Every other lawyer wanted 500$ to do this, and told me I had best have bail money ready. My case went on for about a year. He always answered my emails and helped reassure me that the case was going smoothly. I learned in the court system "no news is good news". I was a complete wreck for that entire year but he continuously reassured me that the worst case scenario wasn't an option. The day he called me to tell me my case had been dismissed was absolutely the best day of my life. I was able to continue my career I worked so hard for and I was going to be able to live my life without being a felon. He is a miracle worker, and I am so thankful for him. I cannot thank Mr. Shanahan or the Law Office of Silva, Sweet, & Kiernan enough for giving me a new chance at living my life. They are worth so much more than they charge, and they are always willing to work with you. Again, thank you so so so so much from the bottom of my heart. I hope you make all your clients as happy as you made me!
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Posted by Crystal | August 18, 2014
Very professional, attention to details
My son had gotten into some trouble, and he did everything possible to get the full story of everyone involved and made sure he got a fair hearing and a second chance...very good nice man very caring but to the point. Would def recommend him and would use him again!!!! Thank u so much!!!
Posted by Eastern North Carolina | March 14, 2014
The best attorney I ever dealt with!
Mr. William Shanahan represented my grandson on charges filed in Jacksonville, NC. My grandson is from another county and was incarcerated there for the main charges relating to the one in Jacksonville, so communication was a problem. However, Mr. Shanahan kept in touch with me and never failed to return a call. I've never experienced such prompt and friendly service from anyone, much less an attorney. He was able to work with the DA and get the best possible outcome that we could have imagined - dismissal of the charges in Jacksonville, with payment of restitution. I would recommend Mr. Shanahan as an attorney because of his diligence and his friendly, prompt communication. I know he is a very caring man and hope that anyone needing good representation will use him.
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Posted by Matt Silva | December 6, 2013
Graduated top of his class from a premier tier 1 law school (tier 1 is the highest tier of law schools)
I first met Mr. Shanahan at the District Attorney's Office in 2011. After observing Mr. Shanahan's dedication, integrity, intelligence, and work ethic, I recommended he be hired upon his graduation from law school. However, prior to his graduation, I began my own firm. As such, I, along with my partners, engaged in vigorous recruitment strategies to secure his placement at our firm. Needless to say, we were pleased he accepted our offer. I can say, without a doubt, that Mr. Shanahan is a far more zealous and competent advocate than some of our local "seasoned" attorneys. I trust Mr. Shanahan with all of my cases and I seek his counsel in many matters. He has an incredible aptitude for legal research and an amazing ability to convey complicated legal arguments.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.8 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Silva, Kiernan & Associates
  • 2014 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Silva, Sweet & Kiernan
  • 2013 - Present
  • Legal Intern
  • Wruble & Associates
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Legal Intern
  • St. Joseph County Public Defender's Office
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Legal Intern
  • Wake County Dsitrict Attorney
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Legal Intern
  • Onslow County District Attorney
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Judicial Intern
  • Amanda Williams, Brunswick County Chief Superior Court Judge
  • 2008 - 2008
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Education

  • Notre Dame Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • Mercer University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2010

Associations

  • Onslow County Board of Elections
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Onslow County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Onslow County Republican Party
  • Precinct Vice Chairman of East Northwoods
  • 2015 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

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Given (11)
Endorse William
Unknown Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am impressed with Mr. Shanahan's thoughtful advice and answers to legal questions on Avvo. He has an in-depth understanding of the law and an ability to communicate legal concepts clearly and effectively. I endorse this lawyer!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I met William while I was an Assistant District Attorney in Wake County. William is extremely smart with a diverse skill set that makes him a very effective attorney."
Unknown Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for always showing dedication to clients."
Unknown Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I am proud to endorse this attorney as a person who provides competent counsel AND takes the time to answer questions on Avvo to help out others. You make us all look better, THANKS!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Friend
"William is an exceptionally intelligent, diligent, and talented young lawyer. Any client would be lucky to call William their attorney."
Unknown Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Jacksonville Divorce and separation Lawyer William Peter Shanahan III
William Peter Shanahan III
Divorce and separation Attorney
Jacksonville, NC
Licensed for 10 years