Shawn S. Ledingham, Jr. is a litigator in the firm’s Trial Strategies practice, successful in obtaining early favorable resolution for clients but prepared to defend their interests at trial. He has represented over thirty Fortune 500 companies and subsidiaries in litigation, in addition to dozens of other businesses and public entities. Shawn has been named by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in litigation, as well as in entertainment and sports law.
Shawn has substantial experience in toxic tort, product liability, and environmental litigation, concerning all manner of chemicals and contaminants – from Asbestos to Zinc. A member of the firm’s Product Liability & Consumer Litigation practice group, Shawn defends clients in cases of alleged design or manufacturing defect, product contamination, and failure to warn, including under California’s Proposition 65. In addition to defending against Proposition 65 lawsuits, he advises clients on compliance with the statute’s warning requirements.
Shawn is also a member of the firm’s Sports Law Group and has a deep understanding of the legal framework of today’s sports industry. He has developed that knowledge litigating and counseling sports clients on a variety of matters, with an emphasis on antitrust, league governance, and intraleague relationships. Shawn has represented and counseled a wide range of sports leagues and teams, including Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the National Football League, the Pac-12 Conference, the Big East Conference, the World Surf League, the Drone Racing League, and Oracle Team USA.
Shawn is actively involved in promoting justice in his community and is a member of Proskauer’s Pro Bono Committee. During the summer of 2019, Shawn volunteered with the Los Angeles Office of the City Attorney as a pro bono prosecutor in over ten criminal cases, including prosecuting four jury trials. In 2012, Shawn served as counsel to the Los Angeles County Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence, investigating and reporting on use of force by deputies within the county jail system. For his work on jail reform, Shawn received the 2013 ACLU of Southern California’s Community Service Pro Bono Award and a commendation from the County of Los Angeles.
While in law school, Shawn was the managing editor of the New York University Law Review and chaired the Writing Competition Committee.