Shanlon Wu
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  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1987)

    Order of the Barristers

  • Sarah Lawrence College (M.F.A., Fine Arts, 1984)
  • Vassar College (A.B., English, 1980)


Bar Admissions
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia


  • American Lawyer South Trailblazer - Student Defense, 2021



  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, DC area (APABA-DC), Past President
  • Assistant United States Attorneys Association of the District of Columbia, Executive Board Member
  • Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA)
  • District of Columbia Bar (DC Bar), Hearing Committee of the Board on Professional Responsibility
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)


  • Sarah Lawrence College Board of Trustees


  • Mandarin


After law school, Shanlon clerked for the Honorable Jerry L. Buchmeyer in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, and for the Honorable Eugene A. Wright in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

outside the office

In addition to his practice, Shan shares insights and commentary as a legal analyst on CNN, MSNBC, NewsNation, BBC, Al Jazeera, and NPR. His opinion pieces appear regularly in the  Daily Beast and other media outlets. A former amateur boxer trained by two-time heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson, Shan has also trained professional kickboxers. He is a devotee of Solidcore workouts and can often be found doing floatation tank therapy to relax and recover.

In 2023, Shan was featured as an advocate in the Washington DC Shakespeare Theater’s Mock Trial Series – an honored DC tradition dating back to 1994 where elite advocates do a mock trial based on classical theaters judged with luminaries, including Supreme Court Justices.