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.
Shawn Dorward is widely respected for his knowledge of forensic science and his willingness to fight tirelessly for his clients.
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
We hired Shawn in 2017 to represent my husband when he was wrongly accused of aggravated assault in York County. I heard that the McShane Firm was the best around, and when I placed my initial call for consultation I had every intention of hiring Justin McShane, as I wanted the best of the best.
Shawn was the attorney to call me back. I was an emotional wreck when he called me, and he took the time to listen to what had happened.
My husband was attacked by 3 men, one of whom had stolen our car a month before and we had charges pending against. The assault took place in retaliation to these charges, yet the investigating officer never looked into motive, and immediately assumed my husband, who had a stroke a month before, is disabled, and was just diagnosed with cancer, was the perpetrator. He spent 3 months in prison with cancer, and without proper medication for his complex medical conditions. We lived in absolute hell for the 2 years that these charges were pending.
From the very first phone call, Shawn immediately and passionately vowed to defend my husband. I was given the choice to hire any attorney in their practice, but from that first consultation, I went with my gut and chose Shawn. His professionalism, compassion, and empathy were evident. It was a bit scary for me to know that I wasn't choosing the man that the firm is named for, but something in my heart told me that Shawn was the true man for the job, and Shawn proved me right every single step of the way!
Over the next two years, Shawn represented us fiercly in each proceeding (so many I can't even remember the number). He, and his paralegal Amanda were always on their absolute A Game, with collecting all of the evidence and keeping us abreast of exactly what was happening in very confusing and scary times for us. He gave us his cell number and answered calls and texts from us promptly, and at all hours of the day and night.
Shawn collected the necessary medical information for my husband to receive medical bond, thus enabling him to receive treatment for the cancer that was killing him, and to be home and nursed back to health with his 2 children and myself. Shawn's hard work truly saved my husband's life!
My husband calls Shawn a bulldog in the courtroom because he digs in and fights for us to the end. This is absolutely true. Shawn was up against much of our evidence being suppressed and horribly twisted news stories that painted my husband as a monster. The recording of our hour long 911 call somehow disappeared! The call proved we reported the assault and asked for help. The hospital records were even altered and my husband overheard the officer telling the medical personnel that there was nothing wrong with him, and that the record should reflect that! Despite all of these unbelievable barriers, Shawn took this case to a jury trial and won!
He has a commanding presence in the courtroom, and his likable and professional demeanor have proven to be invaluable in the good working relationships he has with the DAs and judges.
It is horribly traumatic to live through something like this. However, with Shawn on our side every step of the way, it gave us some peace of mind knowing that he was not just fighting for us, he was really WITH us. He made the scariest time of our lives bearable and ensured that our family would not be broken up. Our kids will never again live the hell of seeing their innocent father "behind the glass" of a prison visitation room.
We highy recommend Shawn to any and everyone needing a defense attorney. We never thought we would genuinely come to love him, but he feels like family to us now. He truly is a super hero. We will be grateful for his representation for the rest of our lives.
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I hired Shawn Dorward to represent me in my DUI case because he came highly recommended. I have a Commercial Drivers License and could not afford to lose my livelihood. Mr. Dorward did and outstanding job and was very informative. Mr. Dorward got my charges reduced to a M2 with no loss of License or traffic violations. Thank You for the outstanding job!!!!
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I reached out to Shawn in a panic related to a first time DUI. I was completely new to this type of situation and have a profession where these type of charges could be an issue for my employer. He was kind and helpful and provided with me a lot of clear information. He called me back quickly and was very reassuring and supportive. If you are looking for someone to go the extra mile and have a case that might not be your basic DUI offense, Attorney Dorward is a great choice for your criminal defense.
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I couldn’t be happier with your work! Amazing lawyer, and great guy to deal with! Really cares about his clients well being and success!
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Where do I begin? My son's criminal case took 3 1/2 years and Shawn was there every step of the way. He not only was there for my son, he was there for my whole family. It wasn't unusual for me to have a question very late at night and Shawn immediately answered me. When I spoke with him over the phone or in the office, he truly and wholeheartedly listened; like he had nowhere else to be even though I know how busy he is. The time, care, and patience that he puts into his cases is unlike any attorney I've ever known.
My son said that he couldn't imagine having to go through what he did without Shawn by his side.
I hope that we will never need a defense attorney again, but if we do there is no question that Shawn will be the one I call!!!
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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.