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P. Shane O'Neill

Partner

Recognizing the critical advantage of credibility to success in litigation, Shane O’Neill advocates for clients on both sides of the aisle: he prosecutes and defends commercial, complex tort, product liability, premises liability, and transportation matters.  Shane manages cases in state and federal courts across the United States.  He has successfully tried multiple cases to verdict; secured favorable summary judgment orders; and recovered millions of dollars in the cases he prosecutes as plaintiffs’ counsel.  Shane’s clients include individuals and companies, including those in the automotive, consumer products, firearms, sporting goods, real estate, childhood products and transportation.  A trusted advisor, he serves as core counsel for a Fortune 50 transportation and logistics company; as national coordinating counsel for an importer and distributor of German vehicles; and as outside counsel to several companies in the children’s products, software design and telecommunications industries. 

Shane has been recognized for his litigation skills, strategy development and business acumen by Super Lawyers® (Super Lawyer 2020 and 2021, Rising Star 2017 and 2018), and was one of 20 lawyers in Georgia, under the age of 40, named to ALM Daily Report's "On the Rise" list.

Education

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, Middle and Northern Districts of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

Representative Experience

Recovered almost $5 million for plaintiffs injured in bus accident in Mississippi.

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

Served as trial counsel for a firearm manufacturer and distributor in multiple product liability actions. 

Successfully defended a lifeguard company in the defense of a wrongful death action involving a minor child. 

Achieved favorable result for hotel owner arising from drowning of a minor child. 

Successfully resolved negligent security (shooting) matter involving catastrophic injuries for less than one-tenth of the original demand. 

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. 

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

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

Represents individuals and businesses in intellectual property litigation. 

Awards & Recognitions

Super Lawyers Magazine, Georgia Super Lawyers List, Civil Litigation Defense (2020)

Super Lawyers Magazine, Georgia Risings Stars List, Civil Litigation Defense (2017-2018)

ALM Daily Report's "On the Rise" (2018) https://www.wwhgd.com/newsroom-news-288.html

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

"Litigating 'Invisible' Injuries: The Defense of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Claims," Inside Medical Liability (Fourth Quarter, 2018). Co-author.

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

“Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation: Update and Insights on Trends, Exposure, Damages and Strategy,” Claims Litigation Management Annual Conference (2018). 

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