Philip E. Shanahan

Phil Shanahan has been a successful and aggressive criminal defense attorney in Alaska since 1994. At the beginning, Attorney Shanahan worked as a contract attorney for several of Anchorage’s finest criminal defense and family law attorneys. It was then that he realized that representing individuals accused of crimes was where he wanted to focus his career. For the first several years, Defense Attorney Shanahan had a small private practice; during that time, he also continued his work as a contract attorney, learning from the best of the best.

He joined the State of Alaska Office of Public Advocacy (OPA) upon the invitation of then-Public Advocate Brant McGee in 1998. For nine years, Mr. Shanahan represented indigent people accused of wrongs by the State. Over 95% of those cases involved felony charges, including all levels of homicide, sexual assault, drug and property-related charges. By the time he left OPA, Attorney Shanahan had spent the last five years handling a felony caseload of upwards of 120 felonies at any given time.

In 2007, Mr. Shanahan joined a private law firm, again practicing exclusively as a criminal defense attorney. During these years, he found that defending DUI/DWI charges was an especially important part of his criminal law practice. He had success at both the administrative DMV hearing level, as well as in the criminal courts of Alaska. During his time at this firm, Mr. Shanahan also represented individuals charged in Federal Court, including those accused of white-collar and drug-related offenses.

In 2010, the Law Office of Philip Shanahan, P.C. was formed and, since then, Mr. Shanahan has continued his successful representation of individuals accused of all levels of criminal offenses.  With over 20 years of experience, Mr. Shanahan is ready, willing and able to help you with any criminal law problems you may be facing.

Contact info
Law Office of Philip Shanahan PC134 West 15th Avenue
Anchorage, AK, 99501-3459

Office (907) 334-3339

Fees: Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types: Cash, Check, Credit card

State Status Acquired Updated
AK Active 1994 05/26/2016

Work experience
Title Company name Duration
Attorney Law Office of Philip Shanahan, P.C. 2010 – Present
Attorney Allen Dayan & Associates, Inc. 2007 – 2010
Assistant Public Advocate State of Alaska Office of Public Advocacy 1998 – 2007
Attorney Law Office of Philip Shanahan 1994 – 1998

Association name Position name Duration
Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Advisory Committee (Alaska) Member 2013 – Present
Alaska Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Founding Member/Member of Board of Directors (2016-2018) 2010 – Present
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Member 1997 – Present
Alaska Bar Association Member 1994 – Present
Alaska Academy of Trial Lawyers Member 2004 – 2010

School name Major Degree Graduated
Northeastern University School of Law Law JD – Juris Doctor 1993
Stonehill College Political Science BA – Bachelor of Arts 1990

Speaking engagements
Conference name Title Date
Alaska Bar Association Life as Solo Practitioner: Pros and Cons of Going it Alone 2016
CLE Negotiations in a Criminal Case 2007

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