Shawn M. Dorward, Esq.
Attorney Shawn Dorward is recognized as one of the most dedicated and hardworking attorneys in Pennsylvania, making him an outstanding protector of your rights. He has handled hundreds of cases ranging from Pennsylvania DUI (including CDL and refusal cases), to DUI with drugs, assault, battery. With your case, Shawn vows to work extremely hard to secure for you the best possible outcome.
Attorney Dorward's primary practice is criminal law, with specialization in DUI. He is especially well versed in challenging Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) from breath and blood testing. As a trial attorney, he is not afraid to argue matters before a judge and challenge the State’s sloppy forensic labs. A brutal cross-examiner, Shawn has repeatedly forced police officers to admit to untrustworthy evidence. As a criminal defense attorney, Shawn excels in challenging cases with the latest in forensic science.
In contrast to his aggressive DUI work, Shawn has also earned a reputation as a caring and knowledgeable family lawyer by handling divorce, custody, and adoption cases with all the necessary patience and care each case deserves.
Attorney Dorward is admitted to practice before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and all Pennsylvania State Courts. He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court-Middle District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Court. He is an active member of the American and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. He is also a member of the National College for DUI Defense, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
With hundreds of hours of advanced DUI and forensic science training, Shawn’s combination of knowledge and experience are unmatched by other DUI lawyers in Pennsylvania. Dorward brings his experience to the courtroom to defend your rights.
Some highlights of Attorney Dorward's specialized DUI training are:
- Instructor Rating of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (roadside DUI tests) – a higher level of training than most Pennsylvania police officers.
- Multiple plaques in recognition of attendance at the NCDD Summer Session held at Harvard School of Law in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- Alco-Sensor FST Operator and Instructor certification – the same breathalyzer equipment used by police officers nationwide.
Attorney Dorward earned his undergraduate degree at Temple University where he majored in Sport Management. Through his major he had the opportunity of working with several major professional teams in Philadelphia including the Phillies and 76ers. While at Temple, he also participated in student government and was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity where he had the opportunity to volunteer for several local community outreach programs.
After graduating from Temple, Attorney Dorward attended Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas. Here he dedicated his studies to criminal defense and in his third year participated in the criminal law clinic where he had the opportunity to represent individuals charged with summary and misdemeanor offenses. He also worked with a local criminal defense attorney primarily on a death penalty case where the Defendants life was ultimately spared.
While outside of work Attorney Dorward enjoys spending time with his family and working out in his local gym. With every aspect of his life, he attempts to be the best and always strides to put his best efforts forward.
- Holds a current Breath Alcohol Technician (BAT) rating as recognized by the USDOT;
- Instructor rating in the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, Advanced Roadside Impairment Driving Enforcement, Drugs that Impair Driving and Drug Recognition Expert Courses based on the NHTSA curriculum
- Has been conferred plaques in recognition of attendance at the NCDD Summer Session held at Harvard School of Law in Cambridge, Massachusetts;
- Passed the proficiency based testing in Advanced Forensic Blood and Urine
DUI Certificates and Training
Shawn went above and beyond for me tp help me get through this situation. I was looking at some very negative consequences and he fought for me to get the very best outcome possible. I am so thankful I had Shawn and Amanda on my side. They answered every question I had and went out of their way to make sure I had all the information provided to me so I could remain positive during this experience. Thank You!!!!!!!
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Shawn and his assistant, Amanda, were super helpful throughout my whole representation. They were super quick to get back to me, and explained everything in detail. As this was my first offense, I had a million questions and they were always understanding and put me at ease. Shawn and his team are great to work with and I would hire him again if I needed to!
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Scared and racked with anxiety, I reached out to Shawn after being charged with a Tier 3 DUI while traveling through PA on vacation. Being an out of state resident and first time offender, I was clueless about what the PA court system could do to me. Shawn immediately put me at ease just from our consultation; clearly and concisely walking me through all the options I had. Right after hanging up the phone I knew I wanted to hire Shawn to represent me.
Between the time we first spoke and the date of my hearing (approx. 8 weeks), Shawn and his (absolutely AMAZING) paralegal, Amanda, kept in constant communication with me: providing real-time status updates about my case, reminders of key milestones so I wouldn't miss them, and detailed instructions on where to go and what to expect on the day of my hearing.
When I arrived at the courthouse Shawn had already spoken to the D.A., had all my paperwork squared away, and took me to a private area to chat through next steps. After meeting with the magistrate, Shawn stayed with me for another 45 minutes helping me map out key dates going forward, the different fee amounts I'll need to keep in mind, and who my main point-of-contact would be during probation.
Honestly, I can't say enough good things about Shawn and Amanda both. These two are top notch: they understand every nuance of PA DUI law, have one-on-one relationships with the right people in the court system, and were ALWAYS available if I needed to get a hold of them.
Shawn and Amanda, I can't thank you both enough!
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Attorney Dorward helped me with my DUI case, which included two additional charges. He was able to get the DA to drop the two additional charges and get me into the ARD program. I am very thankful for all is help and would highly recommend him.
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I had a total of 7 charges including a DUI. Shawn negotiated with the DA and had 6 charges withdrawn. I was sentenced with 6 months probation.
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Attorney Michael Sherman, Pittsburgh PAShawn Dorward is a well-known DUI defense attorney who is respected by his peers for his outstanding trial skills. Shawn has traveled all over the United States to learn the latest scientific techniques and trial tactics involved in defending DUI cases. Shawn possesses superior knowledge in defending DUI cases. I endorse Shawn’s work as a DUI defense attorney. He’s someone you can trust to handle your case.
Attorney Jesse Hernandez, San Antonio TXShawn is an outstanding criminal defense attorney. His work ethic and desire to get the best results for his clients separate him from his peers. When I have clients in Pennsylvania that ask me who I recommend they hire for their criminal defense cases I tell them: Shawn Dorward.
Attorney Richard Lawson, Atlanta GAHe is well thought of in the legal community. He is a skilled litigator and negotiator. You are well-served with him on your side.
Attorney David Brengle, Troy MOAttorney Dorward is a trained in the latest and best DWI defenses. I know that he attend DWI training seminars on a regular basis where he has developed skills rivaling the best DWI defense lawyers in the nation. Attorney Dorward is a part of the leading DWI defense firm in Pennsylvania. Any person in Pennsylvania would be lucky to have Attorney Dorward working on their case.
Attorney Todd La Neve, Clarksburg WVShawn is a rising star. His style and presence match perfectly with a solid legal mind and combine to make him an attorney in whom clients can be confident and comfortable. His role in the McShane Firm just ensures that he will continue to receive top-notch training and experience that will set him apart from the pack in PA. I happily endorse Shawn's quality work.