Shawn Morgan is the lawyer you want on your team in the face of a stressful, urgent, or critical situation. Shawn focuses on resolving crises for clients in the areas of cybersecurity, complex civil litigation, internal investigations, white collar defense, and government compliance. A trial lawyer at heart, she has significant experience in the courtroom, having tried dozens of cases for clients and arguing several matters on appeal. Shawn has tried more than 30 cases to verdict in state and federal courts, including those involving white collar crimes, drug and violent crimes, and the defense of professional malpractice claims.
Prior to joining Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in 2015, she had a lengthy career in public service: 13 years as a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of West Virginia, preceded by four years as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Irene M. Keeley. She is experienced in handling government and regulatory investigations and, as part of her leadership of the firm’s White Collar Defense Team, she frequently advises clients concerning Grand Jury and administrative subpoena responses. She investigated cybersecurity breaches while a prosecutor; now, while leading the firm’s Cybersecurity Team, she assists clients in cybersecurity planning, responding to data security incidents, and making necessary notifications. Shawn also is a member of the Environment, Social, Governance ("ESG") group, a group of attorneys with experience and knowledge about how ESG impacts all aspects of business.
Beyond her work with clients, within Steptoe & Johnson, Shawn is a respected and sought after colleague and serves on the firm’s Emergency Response Team, as its Privacy & Security Officer and is the Office Managing Member of the firm’s Bridgeport, West Virginia office. Shawn also enjoys the opportunity to serve her community: she chairs the James & Derek Hotsinpiller Memorial Scholarship Fund, volunteers with the Bridgeport Chiefs 4-H Club, and serves as an appointed member of the Bridgeport Police Civil Service Commission.
Memberships & Awards
2014-2015 Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office
2010-2014 Criminal Chief/Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office
2008-2010 Branch Supervisor/Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office
2002-2008 Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office
1997-2002 Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. Irene M. Keeley, U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
1994-1997 Robinson & McElwee