Sharon A. O'Shaughnessy
Co-chair, Practice Group DEI Committee (Financial Services)
No detail is too small – I'll find it.
Sharon defends financial services firms and their employees in regulatory and government investigations and enforcement proceedings by the SEC, FINRA, and various state regulators. She advises on compliance with regulatory requirements and on cybersecurity and data privacy issues, and performs due diligence of exchange-traded funds and cryptocurrency exchange assets. Sharon has represented companies and individuals accused of business crimes, public corruption, securities law violations, and fraudulent practices by the Department of Justice, State Attorneys General, District Attorneys' Offices, and the SEC. She has also represented financial services firms and their employees in federal and state court matters, as well as FINRA arbitrations, relating to commercial and employment issues.
Sharon is actively committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as pro bono service. She regularly speaks on the advancement of historically underrepresented lawyers in the financial services community, and she participated in the 2021 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows Program, which recognizes diverse attorneys who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the legal industry.
Sharon was a Partner, as well as the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer and Pro Bono Manager at McGonigle, P.C., before the firm combined with Davis Wright Tremaine.
Enforcement and regulatory matters
Cybersecurity and data privacy
Admitted to Practice
New York, 2013
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2013
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2013
J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, 2012
M.A., Speech and Interpersonal Communication, New York University, 2004, summa cum laude
B.S., Communication Studies, New York University, 2003, magna cum laude
- Lambda Pi Eta
Memberships & Affiliations
- Volunteer Attorney, New York City Bar Association Legal Clinic for the Homeless
- Selected to “New York Metro Rising Stars,” Thomson Reuters, 2017–2022
- Recognized for distinguished pro bono service to the New York State Courts Access to Justice Program, 2017