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Shawn R. Farrell

Partner   |   Philadelphia, Newark, New York
Partner   |   Philadelphia, Newark, New York

SHAWN R. FARRELL is a Partner in the Construction and Labor & Employment Groups at Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC, as well as a Shareholder and member of the Board of Directors. He provides his clients with a high level of professionalism to a variety of complex civil litigation matters involving construction and employment issues. His clients include general contractors, subcontractors, engineers, developers, and sureties. 

Construction Law 

Shawn handles all phases of construction law, from negotiating and drafting construction contracts to litigating cases. He has litigated numerous complex construction matters in federal court, state court, mediation and arbitration and has unrivaled experience in high-value, technically complex construction disputes. He shares his expertise with numerous clients and trade organizations on topics such as mechanics' liens, surety law, proving and pricing construction claims, OSHA violations and alternative dispute resolution in the construction industry. 

Employment Law 

Shawn offers his clients a wide range of employment law expertise. He has litigated state and federal actions (including several federal jury trials) regarding wrongful discharge, race discrimination, gender discrimination, sexual harassment and related tort claims. In addition, he has successfully defended matters through dispositive pre-trial motions and trial under Title VII, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. He is often asked to speak to companies and trade organizations on how to properly investigate sexual harassment, hostile work place and racial discrimination claims. 



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  • Shawn has achieved an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating for professional ethical standards and legal ability by Martindale-Hubbell. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings provides reviews of lawyers and law firms for consumers and professionals.
  • Shawn has been selected to the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Super Lawyers list in the field of Construction Litigation. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor.
  • Shawn was listed to the Pennsylvania Rising Stars list in the field of Construction Litigation from 2005-2008, and the New Jersey Rising Stars list in the field of Construction Litigation in 2007 and 2008. 
  • Shawn was elected as one of the 2013 Top Rated Lawyers in Labor & Employment by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™.

Areas of Practice

Labor & Employment


Villanova University School of Law, J.D.
George Washington University, B.A.

Bar Admissions

New Jersey
New York