Areas of Practice
  • The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2006, Judge Ernest Karam Award for Legal Writing; Managing Editor, Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution; Co-Editor, Mayhew-Hite Report on Dispute Resolution and the Courts
  • Sullivan University, Graduate School of Business, M.B.A., summa cum laude, 2004, President's Cup Award
  • University of Kentucky, B.A., with Honors, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2003, Vandenbosch Award in Political Science
Judicial Clerkships
  • Hon. David L. Bunning, US District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, 2006-2007
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • US District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • US District Court, District of Utah
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eighth
  • US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Shawn P. Davisson

Of Counsel
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 6474
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Shawn P. Davisson is of counsel in Steptoe’s Washington office, where he is a member of the firm’s White-Collar Criminal Defense and Securities Litigation & Enforcement Groups.  Mr. Davisson’s practice focuses primarily on white-collar criminal defense matters, government investigations, securities litigation and enforcement, internal investigations, and foreign corrupt practices (FCPA).

Mr. Davisson has counseled and defended corporations, corporate executives, public officials, and other individuals in matters brought by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other state and federal authorities.  Among the issues encompassed by these matters were allegations of public corruption, securities and accounting fraud, domestic and international bribery, embargo violations, antitrust conspiracies, money laundering, health care fraud, mortgage fraud, and obstruction of justice.

Mr. Davisson also has significant experience in the area of federal sentencing law and policy.  Prior to joining Steptoe, Mr. Davisson assisted in the representation at sentencing of executives in both the Enron and Adelphia prosecutions.  In addition, Mr. Davisson consulted on the sentencing-based appeal in the defense of a former mayor of a major US city.

Pro Bono Matters

Mr. Davisson is also actively involved in Steptoe’s pro bono program, including representation on a high-profile federal habeas action at the trial and appellate level—as well as pursuit of presidential clemency—involving issues of constitutional law and federal sentencing.

During law school, Mr. Davisson was an intern at the Legal Aid Society and served as a mediator for a small claims court in Ohio.

Finally, Mr. Davisson also serves periodically as a volunteer justice in various ABA-affiliated moot court competitions.


  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers "Rising Star," White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2014 - 2017

Select News & Events

Selected Publications

  • Balancing the Scales of “Confidential” Justice: Civil Mediation Privileges in the Criminal Arena — Indispensable, Impracticable, or Merely Unconstitutional?, 38 McGeorge L. Rev. 679 (2007).
  • Privatization and Self-Determination in the Circuits: Utilizing the Private Sector Within the Evolving Framework of Federal Appellate Mediation, 21 Ohio St. J. on Disp. Resol. 953 (2006).

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association