Shawn A. Morgan’s practice focuses on resolving crises for clients in the areas of cybersecurity, complex civil litigation, internal investigations, 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.
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 also spent three years in private practice.
Shawn has tried more than 30 cases to verdict in state and federal courts, including those involving white collar crimes, and the defense of professional malpractice claims. She is experienced in handling government and regulatory investigations, and 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 and in responding to breaches. Shawn also serves on the firm’s Emergency Response Team and as one of its two Privacy & Security Officers.
- Provided GDPR advice and compliance assistance to business, energy, and higher education clients
- Obtained preliminary and permanent injunctions, default judgment, and summary judgment, ordering return of corporation’s confidential and proprietary information, including trade secrets, which were wrongfully acquired, disclosed, and retained by former corporate executive
- Successfully defended law enforcement and correctional officers in § 1983 civil rights actions
- Responded to clients’ data breaches and potential data breaches involving hacking, ransomware, phishing and whaling attacks, providing breach notification assistance and advice on cybersecurity information-sharing
- Represented energy industry clients in contractual disputes and in defense of environmental damages claims
- Defense at trial of a doctor accused of negligence alleged to have caused patient’s disc herniation – jury returned verdict in doctor’s favor
- Defended clients charged in federal and state courts in West Virginia and represented clients receiving Grand Jury and SEC subpoenas for witness testimony and subpoenas duces tecum for the production of documents
- Tried more than 25 federal felony cases involving violations of controlled substances and firearms laws, violent crimes, crimes against children, and financial offenses
- Handled the prosecution of hundreds of criminal cases in United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
- Authored appellate briefs and presented oral arguments before Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in numerous federal criminal cases
- Trained Assistant U.S. Attorneys, federal agents, and state and local law enforcement officers concerning discovery obligations in federal criminal cases
- J.D. West Virginia University
- B.A. West Virginia University
- President, NDWV Chapter, Federal Bar Association
- Fourth Circuit Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Appellate Panel Committee – Northern District of West Virginia Member
- United States Attorney’s Award Recipient as Outstanding NDWV Employee
- Board Member, WVU Extension Service Development Council
- Chairman, James and Derek Hotsinpiller Memorial Scholarship Fund
- Board Member, North Central West Virginia Combined Federal Campaign, 2010-2015
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