Shawn McGraw joined the firm in 2018 and focuses his practice on providing outside general counsel services to companies of varying sizes and market segments. Shawn is uniquely qualified to assist and advise business clients in both solving complex challenges and taking advantage of new opportunities given his nearly two decades of experience as an in-house attorney working directly with business personnel.
Prior to coming to Koehler Fitzgerald, Shawn was Vice-President & General Counsel to a world-wide group of companies that provide products and services to commercial weatherproofing and construction markets. In his role as General Counsel, Shawn was in charge of all legal matters for the companies he represented with responsibilities that included: the successful development and execution of national and international litigation strategies; drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts in a variety of contexts to support business initiatives; preparation of company policies and handbooks; advising human resource managers on all aspects of employment matters and personnel decisions; direct interaction with federal, state and local government agencies and officials to assist clients with a variety of regulatory and compliance-related matters; and extensive experience delivering presentations to internal business audiences on topics ranging from prudent business communications to insurance and risk management. During his time as in-house counsel, Shawn was recognized by his business colleagues with a 2012 award for making business easy and demonstrating consistently superior results. He was also selected to participate in a 2017 company-sponsored executive leadership program at The United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
During his tenure as General Counsel, Shawn was asked to participate on panels at a number of continuing legal education events focused on topics relevant to companies of all sizes and market segments including strategies for successfully defending class actions against building products manufacturers (sponsored by ALFA International); employment issues facing in-house attorneys (sponsored by Crain’s Cleveland Business); and emerging issues in e-discovery.
In addition to his General Counsel experience, Shawn worked as a law clerk to Federal Magistrate Judge Jack B. Streepy in the Federal District Court, Northern District of Ohio and in private practice where he was involved in the successful representation of numerous clients including a large chemical manufacturer against claims from adjacent landowners who alleged personal and property damage from the company’s deepwell injection process.
Shawn is also significantly involved in the community. He is on the Board of Directors for Julie Billiart Schools, which serves children with special learning needs; is a member of the Audit Committee for Notre Dame College and served as a volunteer Judge for its Appellate Advocacy Program; and is a member of the Board of Advisors to Borromeo College.