LITIGATION DEPARTMENT OF THE YEAR - Mid-Size Firm  ALM's Daily Report   2017 - 2016 - 2014
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P. Shane O'Neill


Shane O'Neill's practice focuses on commercial, complex tort, product liability, construction, premises liability and transportation litigation, with an emphasis on representing clients in the automotive, consumer products, sporting goods, real estate and trucking industries. He has litigated high-exposure cases in federal and state courts involving commercial loss, serious injury and wrongful death throughout the United States. He has successfully tried multiple cases to verdict.  


Bowdoin College, A.B., 2002

London School of Economics and Political Science, High Honors, 2001

Suffolk University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2008
Balfour Scholarship Recipient

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Massachusetts Bar
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Supreme Judicial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

Representative Experience

Counsel for a luxury casino in the successful prosecution of a $70 million loss involving construction defect and engineering design claims.

Trial counsel for a global shipping and logistics company in the successful defense of a three-week wrongful death trial in Florida in which Plaintiff’s counsel pre-trial demand was $50 million.

Trial counsel for a commercial truck warranty company in the successful defense of Plaintiff’s breach of contract and bad faith claims in Oklahoma.

Counsel for a pipeline owner in the successful defense of wrongful death and personal injury claims arising from a pipeline explosion; cases litigated in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Outside counsel for children products manufacturer.

Outside counsel for software development company.

Outside counsel for publishing and marketing company.

Defense of manufacturers, distributors and suppliers in catastrophic tort and product liability litigation throughout the United States.

Prosecution and defense of complex commercial litigation matters.

Prosecution and defense of high-exposure construction litigation and subrogation matters.

Represents individuals and business and intellectual property litigation.

Defense of manufacturers, distributors and suppliers in toxic tort litigation throughout the United States.

Awards & Recognitions

Super Lawyers Magazine, Georgia Risings Stars List, Civil Litigation Defense (2017)

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association

Atlanta Bar Association

Aviation Insurance Association

Claims and Litigation Defense Research Institute

Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

Better Options LLC, Board of Directors and Advisory Board

Bowdoin College BASIC volunteer, Atlanta Chapter

News & Publications

Juvenile Products Manufacturers' Association 50 State Compedium - Georgia portion, (2013). Co-author.

"Litigation Alert: Cell Phones as Carcinogens," (National Product Liability Association's Brief) (Australia)(September 2012). Co-author.

“Compliance with Regulations Does Not Shield Manufacturers from Liability,” SGMA In Brief (May 23, 2012).  Co-author.

“Litigation Alert: Cell Phones as Carcinogens,” Defense Research Institute’s The Voice, Vol. 11, Issue 18 (May 9, 2012).  Co-author.

“Exercising Caution After the Big Verdict in Barnhard v. Cybex International, Inc.,” SGMA In Brief (Jan. 4, 2012).  Co-author.

Events & Speaking Engagements

"Pay Attention! The Changing Nature of Walking and Driving," Claims and Litigation Management Alliance Chicago Chapter Meeting (2016).