Shawn D. Tillis

Shawn D. Tillis

Associate Attorney
Location:
Oakland, California
Phone:
(510) 433-1000
Email:

Shawn Tillis rejoined Winer, McKenna & Burritt, LLP in August 2009. He had previously worked for the firm as an associate from 2003 to 2006. Prior to returning to Winer, McKenna & Burritt, LLP, he worked as a Barrister in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In Canada, his focus was personal injury and criminal defense.

Shawn's practice at Winer, McKenna & Burritt, LLP focuses on personal injury, employment and organization harassment and discrimination, and therapist malpractice. He specializes in cases involving sexual abuse and catastrophic mental and emotional damages. His unique background and experiences enable him to communicate complicated emotional damages in simple language.  

Shawn received his undergraduate degree in Economics from U.C. Santa Cruz in 1993 and his Juris Doctorate degree from Golden Gate University Law School in 2001. While at Golden Gate, he focused on the area of judicial opinion writing. He worked as an extern for U.S. District Court Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong and as a Legal Research Analyst at the California Continuing Education of the Bar. He received the California Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law and the CALI Award in Judicial Decisions Making- a course in judicial deliberation and opinion writing taught by U.S District Court Judge James Ware and U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria Elena-James. He was the recipient of the Just the Beginning Foundation Conference Award in honor of the late Judge Cecil F. Poole. He is also a Diana Richmond Scholar.  Shawn was awarded the 2016 Minority Bar Coalition's Unity Award by the Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association.

Shawn's hobbies include reading moral philosophy and political-jurisprudence articles.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Sexual Harassment & Discrimination
  • Therapist Malpractice
  • Organization Sex Abuse

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2003

Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. - 2001
    • Honors: California Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law
    • Honors: CALI Award in Judicial Decisions Making
  • U.C. Santa Cruz - 1993
    • Major: Economics

Honors and Awards

  • Just the Beginning Foundation Conference Award
  • Diana Richmond Scholar
  • Minority Bar Coalition's Unity Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The State Bar of California, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. District Court Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong, Extern
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar, Legal Research Analyst
  • Winer, McKenna & Burritt, LLP, Associate , 2003 - 2006