McShane Bio

If you are looking for a highly-experienced DUI trial lawyer in Pennsylvania, look no further than Attorney Justin J. McShane. Based in Harrisburg, Attorney McShane is the most highly qualified DUI and criminal defense attorney in Pennsylvania. Justin is a nationally renowned trial attorney and a lawyer who is recognized as having forensic science expertise who successfully uses his superior knowledge, experience, and guts to defend citizens accused of crimes ranging from DUI to underage drinking, from drug possession to assault, and even capital homicide. Widely respected for his encyclopedic knowledge of all forms of forensic science, Attorney McShane has attended national forensic and DUI seminars hosted by or based upon teaching of esteemed associations such as:

Attorney Justin J. McShane Lecturing
Attorney McShane lecturing at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Conference
Justin understands how important your case is to you, and prides himself on always returning phone calls and being available 24 hours a day.
As a Board Certified Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Attorney McShane enjoys a reputation as an extremely aggressive and skilled litigator who will fight for your rights. Known for working long hours, Attorney McShane brings a no-nonsense attitude and tireless resolve to defending clients ranging from CDL license holders to licensed professionals, from politicians to rock stars, and even the homeless. Justin understands how important your case is to you, and prides himself on always returning phone calls and being available 24 hours a day.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prosecutes DUI and criminal cases very aggressively. They have experienced prosecutors, police officers, and forensic technicians all working together to prove you guilty. If you lose, you may face jail time, license suspension, fines, and other long term damages such as losing your insurance or your job. Your rights, freedom, and livelihood are all at stake in the courtroom. You need a trial lawyer who will fight back with top-quality training, science, and guts: Attorney Justin McShane.

Attorney McShane believes knowledge is the key to successfully defending cases. As a result, Attorney McShane holds a training resume that cannot be matched by any other DUI or criminal defense attorney in Pennsylvania. As an active member of the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD), Justin devotes over 350 hours per year attending advanced legal training and certification courses nationwide. Some highlights of his DUI and Criminal Defense qualifications are:

Attorney McShane has also authored several textbooks on DUI Law in Pennsylvania and maintains two blogs: Pennsylvania DUI Blog and The Truth About Forensic Science.

Attorney McShane is a graduate of the prestigious Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, Maryland. He matriculated at Franklin & Marshall College, where he was named a Marshall Scholar – the college’s highest academic scholarship. As a Marshall Scholar, Attorney McShane studied European Criminal Law and Procedure at the University of Limerick in the Republic of Ireland. After graduating from Franklin and Marshall College, he attended the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, where he specialized in criminal defense.

In his rare moments away from the firm, Justin donates his time to worthy causes such as the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, the Special Olympics, PAWS and the Boy Scouts of America. He is an Eagle Scout who always believes in the Boy Scout Motto of “Be Prepared” and has served as an elected member of the Central Dauphin School Board.

From 2012-2024, Justin served as Solicitor for Dauphin County Recorder of Deeds Office.

Attorney Justin McShane has recently been distinguished by his unanimous appointment as the Chief Solicitor/Solicitor General for the County of Dauphin, a vote moved by Vice-Chairman Justin Douglas (D) and “enthusiastically seconded” by Secretary Mike Pries (R), reflecting a strong vote of confidence from the Board of Commissioners of Dauphin County.

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  • Our clients have the right to expect, we will be proactive in communication. You will hear it from us first. We will return all phone calls, texts and emails promptly.
  • Our clients have the right to expect plain speaking, straight shooting. No B. S.
  • Our clients have the right to expect us to do it right the first time, every time.
  • Our clients have the right to expect us to be on time and professionally prepared for all court appearances, and all meetings.
  • Our clients have the right to expect that they will be fully informed at all times.

This is our promise to you. Call today to get us on your side: (717) 657-3900.