Shana represents individuals and businesses facing white-collar criminal prosecution and government investigations. A former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, she has extensive experience handling trials and hearings in state and federal courts of all levels.

Prior to arriving at Brooks Pierce, Shana served as the Deputy Chief for both the Felony Major Crimes Section and the General Crimes Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. She also served as Senior Litigation Counsel for the Homicide Section. Many of her previous cases garnered national news coverage. Her previous experience as a prosecutor gives her a unique understanding of the techniques and strategies employed by the government against her clients, and helps her devise strategic responses to defend them.

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Shana has represented public officials in investigations and administrative hearings, defending them against alleged government ethics violations. She also conducts and advises on internal investigations for allegations of criminal misconduct, corporate malfeasance and workplace issues.

Shana has years of experience in investigations from her years as a defense attorney at a prominent Washington, D.C. law firm and the numerous grand jury investigations she led as a federal prosecutor. Her experience as a defense attorney and former prosecutor gives her a unique understanding and approach to conducting investigations – whether internal or by the government – and advising clients as to how best to handle them.

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Shana represents individuals and businesses in civil matters at the state and federal levels. She has experience with a wide variety of matters, including commercial disputes, professional liability claims, contract disputes, False Claims Act claims and accounting fraud claims.

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Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America(link is external)© in Commercial Litigation (2021)

Member, North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society (2019)

Member, Fund Board, Morehead-Cain Scholarship Foundation

Member, North Carolina Bar Association Minorities in the Profession Committee

Member, North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers

Member, Growing Environmental & Conservation Leaders of Color

Member, North Carolina Advisory Board, Environmental Defense Fund

Section Council, Antitrust and Complex Business Disputes Section, North Carolina Bar Association

Member, North Carolina Bar Association

Member, Wake County Bar Association

Member, Federal Bar Association

Member, Women's White Collar Defense Association

Member, Capital City Lawyers Association

Member, Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Eastern District of North Carolina

Co-presenter (with Shepard O'Connell), "White-Collar Criminal Law 101: What Every Civil Litigator Needs to Know," North Carolina Bar Association Antitrust & Complex Business Disputes Law Section Continuing Legal Education, Feb. 4, 2021

Presenter, "Demystifying an Internal Investigation: When to Start One and What to Expect," North Carolina Association of Independent Schools, Heads, Trustees and CFOs Virtual Conference, Jan. 14, 2021

Panelist, "Diversity in Prosecution" Panel, Columbia Law School, October 2020

"The N.C. Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice," North Carolina Bar Association blog, July 31, 2020

Presenter, "The Ethical Dilemmas of Investigations," UNC School of Law Festival of Legal Learning, February 2020

"The Impact of Society's Demands for Transparency on Internal Investigations and Their Investigators," published by Westlaw, April 10, 2019

Presenter, "Ethical Dilemmas of Investigating a Corporate Crisis," UNC School of Law Festival of Legal Learning, February 2019

Co-presenter, "Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls While Investigating a Corporate Crisis," Association of Corporate Counsel CLE, Greensboro, NC, October 2018

“Religious Freedom in Prison,” A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual, Fifth Edition, published by the Columbia Human Rights Review, Spring 2000

The legal profession interests me because it is a profession that allows me to merge my intellectual curiosity and constant drive to problem-solve with my desire to help individuals and businesses who may be facing a personal challenge or corporate crisis.  My natural environment is in front of a jury in a courtroom.  What I have valued the most about my career is the opportunities I have had to meet and help individuals from all walks of life and learn to appreciate that diversity of life.

I am a military brat who has lived or traveled to numerous states, several countries and a few continents.  My life journeys – personal and professional – have made me who I am.  But, I love being in my home state of North Carolina spending time with my family.

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