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Shawn Neal helps clients litigate product liability, medical malpractice, and complex commercial disputes at the trial and appellate levels. She has served on four trial teams and second-chaired an arbitration. Shawn brings strong experience examining witnesses at trial, arguing dispositive motions, serving as lead counsel, and taking and defending depositions. Shawn is listed in The Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch" for Commercial Litigation and in Colorado Rising Stars for Civil Litigation Defense.
Prior to joining WTO, Shawn worked as a law clerk to The Honorable John R. Webb on the Colorado Court of Appeals. Before attending law school, Shawn dedicated eight years to a career in education and youth development, including teaching first grade.
- Nash v. Michelin North America, Inc. (Ct. Comm. Pls. S. Carolina, Dorchester Cnty.) - Won a unanimous defense jury verdict for Michelin North America in a $66 million product liability trial in South Carolina. The plaintiffs claimed that an allegedly defective Michelin motorcycle tire caused an accident resulting in catastrophic injuries.
- Representing a Fortune 200 consumer product manufacturer in a commercial dispute.
- Won dismissal for Skyjack in Pennsylvania District Court in a product liability matter involving alleged injury on a scissor lift. The case was dismissed on the basis of lack of personal jurisdiction.
- Representing a New Mexico hospital system in three medical malpractice cases.
- Representing a leading telecommunications company in commercial litigation matters.
- Won an arbitration award for a lawyer and law firm against malpractice claims related to a 2014 real estate deal. Claimants asserted damages of $3 million plus interest. The arbiter ruled for WTO's client and found that no malpractice occurred.
- Served on a trial team for an investment company in a breach of contract dispute.
- Serve as lead counsel to an automobile manufacturer in a personal injury matter.
- Represent Skyjack Inc. as national trial counsel in product liability cases involving aerial lift and boom equipment.
- Representing the manufacturer of a medical device as national trial counsel in product liability cases.
- SFK v. Isuzu (2016) - Represented Isuzu in a seven-day jury trial in federal court involving a dealer's claim for wrongful termination, declaratory judgment, breach of contract, and claims of violations under South Dakota statute regarding warranty reimbursement and parts mark-up rates.
- Served as lead counsel to beverage distributor in a personal injury matter.
- Defended a natural gas gathering company in a five-day bench trial in federal court involving a breach of contract dispute against a natural gas production company.
- Defended a large utility company in a wrongful death suit in which the plaintiffs alleged almost $3.5 million in damages. Minutes before the summary judgment hearing, and less than two weeks before trial, the plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed WTO's client from the lawsuit.
Youth Development Supervisor for the City of Aurora, Colorado
No Child Left Behind Specialist, University of South Florida
Hillsborough County Schools, Elementary Teacher
Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors
The Best Lawyers in America
Ones to Watch - Appellate Practice, 2022, 2023
Ones to Watch - Commercial Litigation, 2021-2023
Colorado Super Lawyers
Rising Stars, Civil Litigation Defense, 2020-2023
Defense Research Institute, Member
Doyle Inn of Court, Member
Colorado Bar Association, Member
Colorado Women's Bar Association, Member
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