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Education

Work experience

Aug 2010Present

President and Co-Founder

Minnesota Spinal Cord Injury Association
  • Co-founder and lead developer of a nonprofit that is an advocate for people affected by spinal cord injury /paralysis in Minnesota by being the central point of access to resources.
  • Currently in the late-stage development and fundraising phase.
Jan 2013Feb 2013

Project Attorney

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

  • Reviewed and coded documents in preparation for production in litigation.
Nov 2011Jun 2012

Legal Article and Blog Writer

Rust Consulting, Inc.
  • Researched legal articles of interest and created and edited blogs and articles uniquely summarizing the content per the client's needs.
Sep 2009Sep 2011

Volunteer Attorney

Minnesota Disability Law Center
  • Researched and wrote a memo on a matter of public disability accessibility.
  • Represented a client on a personal care assistant hours reduction appeal case.
Jun 2008Dec 2008

Disability Management Consultant-Corporate Human Resources Department

Best Buy Co., Inc.
  • 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.
Jun 2006Aug 2006

Legal Intern-Corporate Litigation Department

Medtronic, Inc.
  • Conducted legal research and compiled the findings and analysis into a comprehensive, 50-page internal memorandum providing guidance for the Litigation Department’s conduct of business overseas.
  • Researched and presented analysis on employment law, foreign business practices, and regulatory issues related to medical devices.
  • Attended court hearings, inter-department, and inter-company business unit meetings.
Feb 2002May 2002

Legal Intern

Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci, S.C.
  • 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.

Skills

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. 
Legal Research
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.  
Nonprofit Development
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. 
Disability Consulting
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.  
Disability Law
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).   

Writing Samples

Recommendations

“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

Bar Admission

Admitted to practice in Minnesota, December 2007

Social Media Experience

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Delicious

Software Experience

  • Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Westlaw
  • LexisNexis
  • Proprietary Software

Accessibility Solutions

  • Commercial
  • Residential
  • Senior Housing
  • Special Events
  • Sports Facilities

Market Testing Opportunities

  • Transportation
  • Assistive Technology
  • Adaptive Product Testing
  • Housing Amenities

Summary

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.

Groups and Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • 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.

Blogging about disability issues on my personal blog One Man's Access.