Sara Jane Shanahan

Sara Jane Shanahan

Sherin and Lodgen LLP

Recognized since 2016

Boston, Massachusetts

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Litigation - Insurance

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Sara Jane Shanahan is the firm's Managing Partner. Her practice focuses on complex business litigation and insurance coverage disputes. She represents a diverse range of clients, including investment managers, property owners, national retailers, insurers, insureds, and shareholders of closely-held corporations.

Prior to joining the firm, Sara was partner at Griesinger, Tighe, & Maffei, LLP and junior partner at Hale and Dorr LLP. After law school, Sara clerked for the Hon. Nathaniel M. Gorton, U.S. District Judge for the District of Massachusetts.

Outside the firm, Sara is an active contributor to the legal and charitable communities. She has held various leadership positions with the Boston Bar Association, including Council Member and co-chair of the Administration of Justice Section, and served on the Women’s Bar Association’s Women’s Leadership Initiative. She is a longtime supporter of the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, and for 11 years served on its Board of Directors. Sara is also a regular speaker and contributor to programs for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE). Additionally, she sits on the Board of Directors for the Wellesley Club, and is a member of the Massachusetts Advisory Council of The New England Legal Foundation.

  • 101 Federal Street
    Boston, MA 02110
  • Harvard University, J.D.
  • Bowdoin College, BA, graduated 1991
Bar Admissions
  • Massachusetts, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Massachusetts, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • United States, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Boston Bar Foundation Society of Fellows - Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America - Fellow

Sherin and Lodgen LLP
Headquarters: Boston, Massachusetts

21 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

2 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America awards

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Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Litigation - Insurance, Boston (2020)
  • Litigation - Insurance, Boston (2017)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Insurance
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Litigation - Real Estate

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