|AL||Authorized to practice law||1999||03/27/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Lawyer 2017||B-Metro Magazine||2017|
|Top Lawyer||Birmingham Business Journal||2016|
|Top Lawyers 2016||B-Metro Magazine||2016|
|10 Best for Client Satisfaction||American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys||2015|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2014|
|Top Ten Prolific Trial Attorneys for Civil Jury Trials||Alabama Jury Verdict Reporter||2004|
|George Peach Taylor Award||University of Alabama School of Law||1999|
|Regional Trial Competition Winner||Association of Trial Lawyers of America||1999|
|George Peach Taylor Award||University of Alabama School of Law||1998|
|Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society||University of Alabama School of Law||1998|
|Regional Trial Competition Winner||Association of Trial Lawyers of America||1998|
|Partner||The Sears Firm, P.C.||2010 - Present|
|Partner||Bradford & Sears, P.C.||1999 - 2010|
|Judicial Law Clerk||The Honorable L. Scott Coogler||1999 - 1999|
|Judicial Law Clerk||The Honorable Gay Lake, Jr.||1997 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2014 - Present|
|Department of Veterans Affairs-TREAC||Community Member||2004 - Present|
|Birmingham Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Alabama State Bar||Member||N/A|
|Alabama Defense Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Defense Research Institute||Member||N/A|
|D.M. v. DeKalb County Board of Education||Student awarded CART as part of IEP and public school system order to pay for assistive technology for student.|
|Jane Doe v. Insurance Company||Settlement.|
|John Doe v. Sumter County School System||Decision/Judgment for our client.|
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|Down Syndrome Alabama||Does Your Child Need an IEP?||2014|
|Birmingham Parent Magazine||Does Your Child Need an IEP?||2014|
|University of Alabama School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1999|
|University of Alabama||Criminology||MS - Master of Science||1996|
|University of Alabama||Political Science and English||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1993|
|Unlocking the Mystery||Understanding the Basics of IEP Implementation based on Alabama Case Law||2014|
|How to avoid traps and pitfalls in your child's IEP.||Special Education and IEPs.||2014|
|Being Your Child's Best Advocate||Being Your Child's Best Advocate||2014|
|Avoiding Traps and Pitfalls in Your Child's IEP||How to Avoid Traps and Pitfalls in Your Child's IEP||2014|
Posted by John
Typically, it's never a positive scenario when you require the services of an attorney, but having a great attorney does help tremendously. I was referred to Shane by a friend, and am very glad I was. The level of communication and support Shane provided was amazing. I truly felt he had my best interests at heart and fought to accomplish them. I will definitely refer him to anyone in need of an attorney.
Posted by Heather
Shane was extremely easy to work with and communication was very prompt. I felt confident in his ability to ensure my child's special education needs were met.
Posted by Bridget
Shane Sears represented my daughter during a dispute with our school/district. I contacted Shane after several of my daughter’s physicians suggested that I consult with an attorney regarding the problems we were having with the school. One doctor recommended Shane specifically. After watching his fantastic video on how to avoid IEP Pitfalls and Traps, I was so impressed with his extensive knowledge of education law that I emailed him immediately. Shane called me just a few hours after I sent the email. He was extremely patient and easy to talk to. After our first conversation, I felt like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders. From that point on, Shane handled all dealings with the school and I was able to focus on my daughter and her health.
I had requested an IEP evaluation for my daughter multiple times – both in writing and in person – for more than three years. A few days after my first conversation with Shane, the school had contacted him and a referral meeting was scheduled. He accomplished in less than a week what I couldn’t do in several years.
Having Shane there at the meetings was priceless. The meetings are intimidating and extremely stressful, to say the least. Without Shane’s counsel, I would have been lost. He is truly an expert when it comes to education law. I could not have asked for a more knowledgeable and effective advocate for my daughter.
I can never thank Shane enough for his advice and assistance during an extremely difficult and emotional time. He was always patient, understanding, knowledgeable and honest. His priority is doing what is in the child's best interest. My only regret is that I didn’t contact him years ago!