Project lead on the creation of an HR Employee Relations disability management toolkit designed to assist retail store managers in the process of providing workplace accommodations for employees with disabilities that included reasonable accommodation procedures, an interactive process checklist, request forms, story-led examples of common workplace accommodations, communication tips for interacting with individuals with disabilities, and a resource list.
Conducted in-depth research on Federal and State disability laws and best practices for providing reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities.
Engaged in best practice benchmarking conversations with disability management-related personnel at the Department of Labor and Fortune 500 companies.
Created an end to end disability accommodation management project plan that was used as a department business case portfolio.
Saved the company approximately $75,000 in outsourcing costs.
Conducted legal research using Westlaw, Wisconsin State Statutes, and in-house legal opinions on three labor law projects.
Worked extensively on a major case file organizing the documents both chronologically and topically, and prepared a memorandum detailing fact analysis and applicable law.
Writing and Communication
I have outstanding verbal and written communication skills, having graduated from a law school that has a national reputation for its legal writing and advocacy program. I wrote 85+ legal blog posts and articles while working at Rust Consulting, Inc. I have published 200+ articles, blogs, posts, and human interest stories ranging from lifestyles, community access, disability awareness, product promotion, and more. I have received over 20,000 hits on my blog site since its inception in 2009.
I have strong research skills. I have honed these skills in a number of practical law school and work setting projects that thoroughly researched a litany of legal sources. Nearly every employment position that I have held has involved heavy doses of legal research.
I co-founded and am President of the Minnesota Spinal Cord Injury Association, a nonprofit company that is committed to enriching the lives of people in Minnesota who have been impacted by spinal cord injury or paralysis through resources and education. I have played a significant role in developing the MNSCIA from scratch.
I have corporate human resources disability management consulting experience. When I worked at Best Buy I was the point person on a project that created a comprehensive toolkit designed to guide retail store managers nationwide through the entire process of providing workplace accommodations for employees with disabilities. I worked with a team of people that included a corporate employee relations manager, a corporate attorney, and the manager of Best Buy’s corporate disability initiatives. My work saved the company approximately $75,000 in outsourcing costs.
I have knowledge of disability laws. I did some volunteer attorney work with the Minnesota Disability Law Center for a few years. In 2009 I did a research project on an issue of public disability access, and during the summer of 2011 I represented a client with a disability on an appeal for a reduction of personal care assistant hours. I have also done some solo disability law work assisting clients with issues of disability discrimination.
I also have familiarity with many disability service systems, as I have had first-hand experience with Medical Assistance, Hennepin County Economic Assistance, and Social Security Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Leaders Impacting the Nonprofit Community (LINC)
Hennepin County Bar Association
Awards and Interests
Eagle Scout (Award given to less than 5% of all Boy Scouts).
Writing an autobiography about my life's events after sustaining a paralyzing diving accident in 1996.
“Shawn has been an awesome addition to the arsenal of writers on the EasyStand Blog. He is witty, clever and honest about his experiences with spinal cord injury and life with a disability. His blog posts were always right on time, and his content was on topic. Often I have felt that he puts more effort and detail into his posts than any of our other writers. His drive to help others with SCI thru the MN Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association is inspiring. We are very fortunate to have Shawn on our writing team. I feel Shawn would put the same extra efforts that he put towards our blog, into his other endeavors and he would be a valuable asset to any team.” May 20, 2011
~Jackie Kaufenberghired Shawn as a Writer/Editor in 2009
“Shawn is motivated, detail oriented and works independantly. You can trust him to meet his deadlines and work collaoratively with others to assure a job well done.” January 5, 2009
~Susan Wessin-Cradle, Employee Relations Manager, Best Buymanaged Shawn at Best Buy
“I worked with Shawn, initially to answer some of his questions and later I relied on him as a valuable resource for understanding disability law. He is detail oriented and also sees the big picture. A number of things in our respective backgrounds coincided. It was natural to spend time with Shawn. I now consider Shawn a friend and I personally recommend Shawn.” January 15, 2009
~ Robert Bodeau,Corporate Counsel, Best Buy
worked with Shawn at Best Buy
Admitted to practice in Minnesota, December 2007
Social Media Experience
Word, Excel, Outlook
Groups and Associations
American Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
Market Testing Opportunities
Adaptive Product Testing
I am actively seeking a full-time employment position as an attorney, with a preference of practicing disability law. I am also pursing disability consultant positions. I have corporate human resources disability consulting experience, having built a "Disability Management Toolkit" that all Best Buy retail store managers use to assist employees with disabilities who need workplace accommodations. I have outstanding verbal and written communication skills. I am a great researcher. I have both commercial and legal blog and article writing experience. I also have nonprofit corporation development experience, having founded the Minnesota Spinal Cord Injury Association. I am a quick learner, a hard worker, and I always strive to produce excellent work. I will be a good asset to any employer. Please see the information below as well as in the side panels for more about my unique skill set.
Titled "VOLUNTEERS WANTED: WHY VOLUNTEER ENFORCEMENT PROGRAMS ARE AN EFFECTIVE AND INNOVATIVE METHOD OF PROTECTING HANDICAPPED PARKING LAWS," I researched and wrote this paper in an independent research course my final semester of law school.
During my internship in the litigation department at Medtronic I researched and wrote this memo on spoliation of evidence for the primary employment law attorney.
In July 2011 I represented a client with a disability through the Disability Law Center on an appeal for a reduction of personal care assistant hours. This was my written closing statement.