You Need an Attorney Specifically Qualified to Handle Arson Cases

  • Extensive experience fighting high-profile arson cases
  • Member of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • Arson-specific training such as “Fire and Explosion Investigations” and “Arson Investigations by GC/MS”
  • Published and presented a paper in front of the American Chemical Society entitled “Burning the Accused at the Stake? Is arson/explosive investigation scientific or modern witchcraft?”
  • Lectured at the “Arson for Prosecutors Class” put on by the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

What should I do now?

If you have been charged with arson, it is highly recommended that you contact an attorney immediately. This is not the type of charge that will go away by itself. The earlier you hire an attorney, the more time they will have to investigate and work on your case.

    In 1979, James Hugney Sr. was found guilty of an arson murder in the infamous “Burning Bed Case”. Fire investigators at the time interpreted the burn marks to show that Hugney poured gasoline around the bed of his son. He was convicted to life without the possibility of parole.
    In 2011, Attorney Justin McShane and his team at The McShane Firm reviewed the case and believed the fire investigators were wrong. They retained three international fire experts each of whom concluded that modern day fire science disproved the theory that this was an arson.
    “After years of hard work, we were able to secure Hugney’s release after nearly 36 years.”

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Justin J. McShane, Esq.
Justin J. McShane, Esq.

Chairman/CEO
Specializing in DUI and Criminal Law
Timothy M. Barrouk, Esq.
Timothy M. Barrouk, Esq.

Senior Litigation Associate
Shawn M. Dorward, Esq.
Shawn M. Dorward, Esq.

Litigation Associate
Katherine McShane, Esq.
Katherine McShane, Esq.

Litigation Associate
Richard S. Roberts Jr., Esq.
Richard S. Roberts Jr., Esq.

Litigation Associate
Kaitlyn Clarkson, Esq.
Kaitlyn Clarkson, Esq.

Appellate and Post-Conviction Attorney
Jason Jefferis, Esq.
Jason Jefferis, Esq.

Litigation Associate

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