Sharon O’Shaughnessy, a member of the White Collar Defense Investigations & Compliance Counseling Practice, has been selected to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 2021 Fellows Program. The program recognizes diverse attorneys who have distinguished themselves as leaders at their organizations and in the legal industry. LCLD is comprised of over 320 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who serve as mentors and leaders dedicated to fostering diversity.
"Sharon’s selection as an LCLD Fellow is well-deserved," said Katherine McGrail, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Murphy & McGonigle. "Sharon is a brilliant, highly motivated and hard-working lawyer, who is held in high regard by her colleagues and clients."
Named a "Rising Star" for consecutive years by Super Lawyers, Ms. O’Shaughnessy has represented companies and individuals accused of business crimes, public corruption, securities law violations, and fraudulent practices by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA, and State Attorneys General. She is also experienced in complex commercial litigation and has represented numerous corporations and individuals in disputes involving business divorce, fraud, and other contractual issues.
Since 2014, Ms. O’Shaughnessy has served as a Volunteer Attorney for the New York City Bar Association's Legal Clinic for the Homeless, providing advice, advocacy, and representation to residents of homeless shelters on a variety of matters related to state and federal public benefits, shelter placements, and domestic violence issues. She is also a Volunteer Attorney for the New York State Courts Access to Justice Program, dispensing legal advice to unrepresented litigants appearing in the New York State Courts. In 2017, Ms. O’Shaughnessy was recognized for her distinguished pro bono service to the New York State Courts Access to Justice Program at a ceremony hosted by the New York State Unified Court System Office for Justice Initiatives, New York State Bar Association, and New York County Lawyers’ Association.
"I am humbled to be selected for this important fellowship program, which is a trailblazer in the legal industry," said Ms. O’Shaughnessy. "The chance to collaborate with general counsel and private practitioners who are devoted to the growth of diverse leaders in our industry is so gratifying. I look forward to being a part of LCLD initiatives that help make the legal profession more diverse."
In addition, Murphy & McGonigle’s Gaurav Talwar and Anya Thepot were selected for LCLD’s Pathfinder Program which serves assist in the growth and development of diverse attorneys who have demonstrated tremendous talent at the early stages of their career. The LCLD Fellows Program hosts conferences, legal training, executive coaching, and opportunities to network with top diverse leaders in the legal field. The Fellows, after completing the program, will join the growing network of LCLD alumni dedicated to the advancement of the next generation of diverse lawyers.