Three Shanahan McDougal partners recognized by Best Lawyers in America for 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. – Three partners with Shanahan McDougal, PLLC, have been selected for recognition in the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Kieran Shanahan, the firm’s founder, was recognized in construction law, Gregg McDougal was recognized for his work in commercial litigation, and Tonya Powell was recognized in real estate law.

“Our growing firm is blessed to have a roster stacked with top-tier legal talent,” said Shanahan. “Gregg, Tonya and I are grateful that our peers in the legal profession have once again chosen to acknowledge our professional accomplishments with recognition in Best Lawyers.”

Kieran J. Shanahan is a former federal prosecutor and an experienced litigator with extensive trial court experience in federal and state courts around the country. He is also a Certified Mediator with substantial Alternative Dispute Resolution experience. Shanahan has earned a reputation as a tenacious litigator who is willing and able to successfully tackle complex, high-stakes cases. His practice includes banking matters, business disputes, employment and construction matters, as well as class action, administrative, and federal white-collar defense matters. He also handles corporate compliance, professional licensing, and internal investigations for professionals and corporations under regulatory scrutiny. Shanahan also has substantial non-litigation experience, including providing general business, corporate and banking advice to small and medium size companies. In 1989, he received the Directors Award from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and was recognized as one of the most outstanding federal prosecutors in the country. Shanahan has been chosen as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers” in America by the National Trial Lawyers, is a peer-selected “Best Lawyers in America” honoree, has been recognized as a North Carolina Super Lawyer, was elected to Business North Carolina Magazine’s “Legal Elite,” and has been chosen “A Leader in the Law” in North Carolina.

Gregg McDougal represents both plaintiffs and defendants in all types of complex litigation, including litigation arising from mergers and acquisitions, contract disputes, trade secret issues, insurance coverage issues for policyholders, fraud disputes, and catastrophic personal injury matters. He has served as lead litigation counsel in numerous high-profile cases, representing well-known clients such as five-time Olympic medalist Marion Jones, Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods and Duke University. Prior to joining Shanahan McDougal, he spent his legal career as a partner at two AM Law 100 firms. McDougal has been profiled as the only North Carolina lawyer in Law360’s inaugural “Trial Pros” series, which featured his extensive trial experience. McDougal has also been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers® in America, has repeatedly been selected as a North Carolina “Super Lawyer” and has earned an AV® Peer Review Rating (preeminent) from the Martindale Hubbell International Law Directory.

Tonya Powell concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial real estate, banking and finance and general corporate law. In addition to more than twenty years of commercial real estate and lender representation experience, Tonya has worked as general counsel for a real estate development company, where she gained valuable experience in the formation, restructure and operation of limited liability companies, including complex joint venture entities created for ownership and development of real estate projects, as well as working closely with lenders on complex debt restructures and workouts.  She is a board-certified specialist in commercial real property law: business, commercial and industrial transactions. As a Past Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Real Property Section, Tonya worked with real estate attorneys across the state to draft, monitor and comment upon state and federal proposed legislation and regulations affecting real property practice; monitor and comment upon State Bar ethics inquiries; sponsor and participate in pro bono projects; conduct an aggressive consumer protection/authorized practice program; and implement programs and plan continuing legal education programs for members of the Bar Association’s largest practice section.

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