When a veteran is discharged from the armed forces, they begin the transition to civilian life. However, the type of discharge received can have far-reaching consequences for veterans as the stigma of an “Other Than Honorable” discharge follows veterans throughout their lives and limits the federal benefits they can receive. Proskauer is actively involved in helping veterans upgrade their discharge status, when they have been unfairly denied benefits due to an improper classification.
Shawn Ledingham is a partner in the firm's Trial Strategies practice, successful in obtaining victories through motion practice and defending client interests at trial. He has represented over thirty Fortune 500 companies and subsidiaries in litigation, as well as many other businesses, sports leagues, law firms, and public entities.
Shawn is a member of the firm's Sports Law Group and has a deep understanding of the legal framework of today's sports industry. Shawn has represented and counseled a wide range of sports leagues and teams, including Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the National Basketball Association, the Women's National Basketball Association, the National Football League, the Pac-12 Conference, the Big East Conference, the World Surf League, the Drone Racing League, and Oracle Team USA.
Shawn also has substantial experience in toxic tort, product liability, and environmental litigation. A member of the firm's Product Liability & Consumer Litigation Group, Shawn defends clients in cases of alleged environmental contamination, product design or manufacturing defects, and improper or inadequate labeling.
Shawn is actively involved in promoting justice in his community and is a member of Proskauer's Pro Bono Committee. During the summer of 2019, Shawn served as a pro bono prosecutor with the Los Angeles Office of the City Attorney, prosecuting three jury trials as sole trial counsel and resolving many other cases short of trial. Shawn also served as counsel to the Los Angeles County Citizens' Commission on Jail Violence, investigating excessive use of force by deputies within the county jail system. For his work on jail reform, Shawn received the ACLU of Southern California's Community Service Pro Bono Award and a commendation from the County of Los Angeles.
While in law school, Shawn was managing editor of the New York University Law Review.