A law office with experience in Anchorage, AK

Philip E. Shanahan

Phil Shanahan has been a successful and aggressive criminal defense attorney since 1994. He first came to Alaska in March of 1993 during his final quarter of law school. Having grown up in the Boston area, he was impressed by both the gorgeous Alaskan scenery and the Alaskan way of life. After completing his legal internship with the IBEW, Local 1547 in Anchorage, he returned to Boston just long enough to graduate and make plans to relocate to Alaska that summer.

Upon returning to Anchorage, Defense Attorney Shanahan worked as a contract attorney for several of Anchorage's finest criminal defense and family law attorneys. It was then that he realized that representing individuals accused of crimes was where he wanted to focus his career. For the first several years, Defense Attorney Shanahan had a small private practice; during that time, he also continued his work as a contract attorney, learning from the best of the best. In 1998, he joined the State of Alaska Office of Public Advocacy (OPA) upon the invitation of then-Public Advocate Brant McGee. For nine years, Defense Attorney Shanahan represented indigent people accused of wrongs by the State. Over 95% of those cases involved felony charges, including all levels of homicide, sexual assault, drug and property-related charges. He also handled both appeals and post-conviction relief matters during his time as an Assistant Public Advocate. By the time he left OPA, Defense Attorney Shanahan had spent the last five years handling a felony caseload of upwards of 120 felonies at any given time.

In 2007, Defense Attorney Shanahan joined a private law firm, again practicing exclusively as a criminal defense attorney. During these years, he found that defending DUI/DWI charges was an especially important part of his criminal law practice. He had success at both the administrative DMV hearing level, as well as in the criminal courts of Alaska. During his time at this firm, Defense Attorney Shanahan also represented individuals charged in Federal Court, including those accused of white-collar and drug-related offenses.

With nearly 20 years of practice, Defense Attorney Shanahan has attended numerous Continuing Legal Education courses in cities like Washington, D.C., Orlando, Las Vegas, and, of course, all around Alaska. Back in 2002, he spent two intense weeks at the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, GA sharing ideas with, and learning from, the Nation's best criminal defense attorneys.

Defense Attorney Shanahan is a 1990 graduate of Stonehill College in Massachusetts, where he earned a B.A. in Political Science, Magna Cum Laude. He graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1993, and has been licensed to practice in both Federal and State courts in Alaska since 1994.

Richard N. Hall

Richard N. Hall has been a paralegal for 20 years. He spent his first four years working in civil litigation, before settling into criminal defense in1997. Mr. Hall's experience is in both State and Federal criminal matters, ranging from Murder, Assault, and Drugs to DUI, Traffic and Fish & Game cases.

He was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1965, but grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, where he was educated at A.J. Dimond High School, graduating in 1983. After working 5 years in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, he earned a B.A. in Justice, with a minor in Sociology in 1995 from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Mr. Hall is an avid hunter and fisherman, and is a member of the National Rifle Association and Safari Club International. He lives in Anchorage with his wife and three children.

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Our philosophy

We are a criminal law firm. That means that our law office handles most cases pertaining to criminal law. In the past, we have worked on all kinds of cases ranging from DUI charges to murder charges. If it’s a criminal offense, we can help. We know you have questions for us, and we are here to answer those questions as quickly as possible. Come into our law office in Anchorage, AK today for additional information. 

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Founding Member, Alaska Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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