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Shawn Timothy Newman

Education Attorney at Olympia, WA

5.0   44 reviews
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1984
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Greetings and Thank You for visiting my Avvo profile. My private practice is limited to cases I feel passionate about, be it civil rights, privacy, government accountability or special education. I am a sole practitioner in Olympia, Washington.  I am also adjunct professor at Saint Martin's University, South Puget Sound Community College and Pierce College, where i teach a variety of law courses, including business law, commercial transactions, civil liberties and various paralegal courses. For more information, go to my web page at:

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Shawn Timothy Newman
2507 Crestline Dr Nw
Olympia, WA, 98502-4327

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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Katherine | April 1, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Shawn Newman is exceptional!j
I’ve known Shawn for about 20 years. He has been a local bar leader, particularly with organizing legal education events that are mandatory for us lawyers. Shawn has a reputation for his hilarious Business Law lectures at St. Martin’s University, where he’s been an adjunct professor for many years. Shawn’s commitment to zealously represent his clients is legendary. For example, he represented an owner of a sports bar who did not believe the indoor smoking ban was fair or legal. Shawn’s is dogged defense of Frankie, the owner, continued even though client actively broke the law by allowing smoking in his “private club.” The State wasn’t having any of it and closed down the bar. It’s not always easy to represent folks who deliberately violate the law. These clients are some of the most challenging, as they basically believe their individual rights trump the citizens’ rights to health and safety. Frankie died not long ago, perhaps because his right to smoke killed him. Shawn Newman is a very bright and creative attorney. He is fearless, thorough and will work until “the last dog dies.” I am honored to be a friend of his.
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Posted by Stefanie | March 24, 2021
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Much obliged
Shawn Newman helped me work out a conflict with my employer. He reviewed relevant documents and helped me interpret the key issues and concerns to address. His prompt correspondence was reassuring and his advice was sound. Working with him gave me confidence.
Posted by Scott | January 16, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Efficient Arbitration
I have known Shawn for several years and just had an arbitration with him where he was excellent. Shawn identified the issues, and provided the parties with some worthwhile communication prior to the arbitration that made the arbitration much more efficient and effective. Shawn did a great job.
Posted by Teri | April 19, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Consumer Protection
Recently, I sought legal advice; lucky for me, I contacted Attorney Shawn T. Newman. Although Shawn didn’t feel the need to represent me, Shawn was extremely helpful directing me to public resources via Consumer Protection websites; both locally and nationally. In addition, Shawn offered other avenues that I hadn’t considered. Shawn was pleasant, understanding and explained things in terms that I could easily understand. I strongly recommend Attorney Shawn T. Newman
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Posted by Heidi | February 5, 2018
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Consultation on a Delinquent Refund
After four months of back-and-forth between myself and a private company who would not return my credit of over $8k, I reached out to Mr. Newman for help. Unlike previous experiences, Mr. Newman advised several options I could undertake on my own with the company, before involving him and taking any legal action. His guidance was exceptional and exact; and it worked. It was refreshing to know Mr. Newman is not one to plunge headlong into litigation if it can be avoided. It was also refreshing to have someone to support me in being my own advocate. I highly recommend Mr. Newman.
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Posted by Marc | February 6, 2017
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Excellent Attorney
Shawn Newman provided great legal service when our constitutional rights were violated. He demonstrated his ability to start working immediately, instead of dragging the situation out. Shawn is a no frills attorney who is an advocate for his clients. I’ve recommended Shawn Newman too many people as an attorney. If your legal problems are outside of Shawn’s area of expertise, he’s provided names and resources to help the client solve their problem. Shawn is a proven advocate for his clients, who continues to go the extra mile to help defend his client’s freedoms and legal rights. If you’re in need of a constitutional and civil rights attorney, Shawn is the attorney for you! Marc
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Posted by Jack | January 4, 2017
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Great Attorney
Years of experience. Very through with his research. Very friendly. Provides clear and understandable explanations of the issue and alternatives. I trust his judgement and commitment to me as a client.
Posted by Ann | August 11, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Deserves 10 Stars!
Shawn Newman is a rare attorney in the legal world. His deep committment, timely follow through and positive results in combination with his excellent depth and breadth of the law, for me personally, resolved a legal situation with the best results possible. And, all done by Shawn in a reassuring, positive manner interjected at times, when he knew I needed it, with a shot of killer humor. Thank you very much Shawn.
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Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2016
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PDC matter
When I was harassed by the Public Disclosure Commission, Attorney Newman helped my innocence of the charge shine through to the agency. Complaint dismissed. Thanks Shawn!
Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2015
Shawn represented me and a couple friends for some misdemeanor charges in Othello, WA. He did so pro bono, and took care of everything within 5 minutes of meeting the prosecutor. He is a quality attorney and an even better person. Nothing but good things to say
Posted by CJ | May 30, 2015
Shawn has your Back!
I was so fortunate to have been introduced to Shawn. He is completely & sincerely behind individuals courageous enough to fight to defend their Constitutional rights and individual civil liberties. You are no longer alone with Shawn Newman in your corner. He is not intimidated by those who seemingly act with impunity while trampling your rights, purposely reducing your property values, limiting property use and/or seizing it. Property rights are far from his only concern. If one chooses to stand up to, or is threatened by, those in power, Shawn won't flinch when the going gets tough while they pull their typical intimidation tactics. In fact, those he opposes fear him and for good reason. He is, quite frankly, a brilliant attorney and will navigate the raging waters with ease, all the while putting your mind to rest along the way. I would not want any other attorney in my corner.
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Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2015
A True Master in the area of Foreclosure Defense
Shawn is a master in the area of foreclosure defense and more specifically the best I have heard of on the subject of figuring out who really owns your mortgage loan. He did a very informative podcast on Mandleman Matters, which is how I found out about him. He is also well connected with other legal experts in our State of Washington and gives out good quality referrals to other lawyers and case law information that has been very helpful to me. Anyone in his local Thurston County area should consider themselves lucky to become his client.
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Posted by anne | April 3, 2015
client -small business
My small business got sued for breach of contract. Attorney Newman helped get the lawsuit dismissed in less than one month. He provided excellent service at a fair price and with a smile.
Posted by Stanley Chambers | March 4, 2015
Business Attorney
Shawn has been our business attorney for almost 10 years. His professionalism and knowledge is second to none. I would highly recommend him for all legal matters.
Posted by jason | September 3, 2013
superb representation
To summarize my experience in a word I'd say terrific. Terrific service, terrific response time, I was well informed on all that was going on and Shawn Newman saved my butt big time. A great and affordable investment, I'd highly recommend Shawn to anyone who was in need of an experienced and knowledgeable attorney.
Posted by anonymous | December 27, 2012
Aggresssive and Effective Advocate!!
Shawn is an aggressive and effective advocate but he won't waste your money picking unnecessary battles. Once he gets his teeth into your case however you will almost pity your opponent. He is very knowledgeable in many areas of law and has tremendous common sense which is a rare and valued trait. He has earned the respect of the community and has a posse of law students that adore him and follow him in and out of the courtroom. A rare gem!! I highly recommend his services!!!
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Posted by Robert | September 13, 2012
Kowledgeable, focused, patient and exemplary conduct
Through the course of a difficult and challenging case that took several turns, Shawn kept us right on track. Sometimes he told us things we didn't want to hear, but I would rather know those items sooner rather than later. He was able to focus us on the strengths of our case, rather than on what the client perceived was the strength. Intuitive, kind, caring and professional would be the adjectives I would assign to Shawn.
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Posted by Thomas | September 1, 2012
No detail was overlooked!
We had a bad experience with another attorney and his HIGH PRICED Bellevue group. Details were overlooked, we felt like we had fallen through the cracks, that our case was not important to them. Like so many others today, our home is worth less than we owe, dealing with megabanks and their teams of attorneys can be very difficult and expensive. Shawn took over our case, immediately negotiating with the bank attorneys. He got them to admit to illegal activities. He got us a settlement that paid all our legal fees and court costs. We have now been offered a loan modification with a large principle reduction and a long term low fixed interest rate! We can't say enough good things about Shawn Newman, his knowledge of the current U.S. housing crisis, the mortgage and banking industry, as well as forclosure law is , in my opinion, unsurpassed. We still get e-mail updates from him with court decisions and legal opinions on things that pertain to us .
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Posted by Duane | March 18, 2012
Estate Advise
Shawn helped us regarding a dispute of an estate settlement. He helped us to concentrate on the facts and not the emotions of the situation. Family issues can be convoluted. The stress level was lessened because of Shawn's advise. We will definitely return to Shawn if any other legal issues arise for our family. We highly recommend him.
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Posted by Rebecca | December 9, 2011
BWS-Newman saved my life!!!
I'm writing this review because Mr. Newman saved my life. I went in for my two hour schedual concueltation. After describing my problem, he figured out that I was suffering from BWS "Brain Worm Syndrom". He agreed to take my case, as soon as we can figure who gave them to me. I so recomoned Mr. Newman as the leading expert in brain worm syndrom.
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Response from Shawn Newman December 14, 2011
Not true albeit Rebecca may, indeed, have BWS
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-300 per hour
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Paralegal and Business Law Professor
  • South Puget Sound Community College
  • 2011 - Present
  • Adjunct Business and MBA Commercial Law Professor
  • Saint Martin's University
  • 2000 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Newman Law
  • 1990 - Present
  • Adjunct Business Law Professor
  • Pierce College
  • 2015 - 2017
  • General Counsel
  • Saint Martin's University
  • 1989 - 2012
  • Staff Counsel
  • Washington State Senate Committe Services
  • 1988 - 1989
  • College Counsel
  • The Evergreen State College
  • 1987 - 1988
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Washington State Attorney General's Office
  • 1984 - 1987
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  • Notre Dame Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • Ohio State University, Columbus
  • 1980

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Ferguson v WSBA
  • Penalty Affirmed
  • In the Matter of Kenneth M. Jones, MD
  • Settled with WA. Dept of Health
  • In re Stephen K. Eugster
  • 5-4 "win" reducing disbarment to suspension
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  • Washington State Bar Association & NW Justice Project
  • Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project
  • 2012 - Present
  • YMCA Youth & Government
  • Mock Trial Volunteer
  • 2010 - Present
  • WSBA Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project
  • Volunteer
  • 2009 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Continuing Education Committee
  • 2008 - Present
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Member of the Bar
  • 2008 - Present
  • Academy of Legal Studies in Business
  • 2008 - Present
  • Academy of Legal Studies in Business
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • 2006 - Present
  • Initiative & Referendum Institute
  • Washington State Director
  • 2005 - Present
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • 1986 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 1984 - Present
  • Washington Courts Historical Society
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Thurston County Bar Association
  • Board Member & CLE Chair
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2000 - 2007
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Honors and Awards

  • Carneige Foundation
  • 2007
  • Pro Bono Service Recognition
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2006
  • Editorial Board
  • Journal of College & University Law
  • 2005
  • Research Editor
  • Journal of Legislation
  • 1983
  • Fellowship
  • Notre Dame Law School White Center for Public Policy
  • 1983
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  • Notre Dame Journal of Legislation
  • Tuition Tax Credits & Educational Vouchers
  • 1983
  • Notre Dame Journal of Legislation
  • Taking Federalism on the Road
  • 1983
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Speaking Engagements

  • Thurston County Bar Association
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • 2014
  • Lacey Boom! October Forum Luncheon
  • Employment Law
  • 2010
  • Radio Free Washington
  • Washington State Constitution
  • 2009
  • Mock Trial State Competition
  • Trial Practice
  • 2009
  • ANTSHE 12th Annual Conference
  • Avoiding Legal Pitfalls on the Path to Higher Education: taxes, bankruptcy & creditors
  • 2009
  • ACLU South Sound/Olympia Chapter
  • SLAPP Suits: Getting Sued for Speaking Out!
  • 2009
  • Youth & Government Mock Trial Competition
  • Trial Practice
  • 2008
  • TVW Presents "How Does it Work? A Citizens' Guide to Democracy" Ballot Initiatives
  • Ballot Initiatives
  • 2008
  • Constitution Day
  • Constitution
  • 2008
  • Clarence Darrow: Crimes, Causes and the Courtroom
  • Clarence Darrow: Crimes, Causes and the Courtroom
  • 2008
  • Brighter Tomorrows
  • Special Needs Clients; Special Education; Mental Health
  • 2008
  • YMCA Mock Trial Competition
  • Mock Trial Judge
  • 2007
  • Washington State Initiative & Referendum Symposium
  • Initiative & Referendum Law
  • 2007
  • Clarence Darrow & Sir Thomas More
  • Justice, Morality & Ethics
  • 2007
  • TCBA Luncheon CLE
  • SLAPP Suits
  • 2006
  • Responsible Justice: Balancing Safety with Rehabilitation
  • Criminal Rehabilitation & Recidivism
  • 2006
  • Inside Olympia
  • Initiatives & Referendum
  • 2006
  • Constitution Day
  • Fundamental Rights & the "Nanny State"
  • 2006
  • WSTLA Thurston County Roundtable
  • SLAPPS: Geting Sued For Speaking Out
  • 2005
  • Constitution Day
  • Beyond the Patriot Act
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (10)
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Arbitration Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shawn's combination of legal experience, intelligence, and work ethic make him ideal to serve as arbitrator. He arbitrated an extremely contentious case for me and another local attorney recently and his approach was helpful in ensuring the proceedings were conducted in an efficient manner. Shawn treated both sides fairly and applied the law without prejudice as a good arbitrator should. Shawn was very well prepared at each stage of the proceedings and he got his decision to the parties quickly once the hearing concluded. I highly recommend Shawn as an arbitrator [and attorney]."
Constitutional Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. We worked together on a number of projects designed to impact public policy and encourage passage of legislation for the public good. We worked on petition drives together including a law designed to require performance audits to assess the waste, fraud and abuse in Washington state government. Shawn was a powerful ally in many of these efforts as a result of his outstanding work and experience as an attorney for the Washington State Senate and for Evergreen State College. I have had the opportunity to meet a number of Shawn's clients over the years, and without exception, this have been satisfied with his going above and beyond any reasonable standard of legal representation expectations to accomplish the best possible result for his clients. Shawn has appeared before the Washington Supreme Court and many believe he would make an excellent Supreme Court Justice. I offer my recommendation of Shawn to anyone seeking legal counsel in his areas of expertise."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Shawn is a very thorough and dedicated lawyer. He is tenacious in his defense of homeowners with mortgage issues. I highly recommend him to those struggling for mortgage justice!"
Constitutional Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Of course, his track record speaks for itself--but beyond that, when I approached him in regards to a matter of profound concern, not only to myself but to a number of other lawyers in the community, he gave generously of his time, and I was impressed with his ready knowledge and perspicacity. All in all, a credit to his profession, a servant to worthy causes."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Shawn is a great lawyer who is not afraid to take a controversial case -- simply because he believes it is the right thing to do. He is a smart, personable and zealous advocate. A great lawyer to have on your side!"
Unknown Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Shawn brings a refreshingly personable, compassionate quality to diligent, quite capable legal representation. Over the past decade, I have come to know Shawn as a skilled and multifaceted advocate. I endorse his work and refer with confidence."
Constitutional Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He is a leader in the State of Washington for promoting civil rights and personal liberty."
General practice Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Shawn continually strives to provide a high-quality level of representation for his clients. He is a great asset to the community. I have been privileged to teach courses with Shawn at St. Martin’s University, and am constantly amazed by his dedication to the practice of law."
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Olympia Education Lawyer Shawn Timothy Newman
Shawn Timothy Newman
Education Attorney
Olympia, WA
Licensed for 39 years
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