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Thomas D. Shanahan

Thomas D. Shanahan

Sole Practitioner
The Kurland Group, LLC - Of Counsel
New York, New York
Tom is the Managing Partner for the law firm specializing in litigation of civil rights and employment matters. He also litigated major public policy cases against state authorities regarding public disclosure of financial operations for public authorities and compliance with applicable health, safety and welfare statutes. He handled all aspects of litigation from client intake through post-trial motion practice. Numerous good government and community groups as well as elected officials recognized the firm for outstanding pro bono work and public service. The firm has a substantial number of reported cases, which established new law in regard to civil rights and increased transparency by public bodies. Cases resulted in widespread news coverage including: Larry King Live; The O’Reilly Factor; PrimeTime Live; ABC News 20/20; Dateline NBC; Good Morning America; The Today Show; CNN; Fox News Channel; and, Court TV. 

Areas of Practice

  • Employment
  • Discrimination
  • Matrimonial
  • Civil Rights

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1997
  • New Jersey, 1997
  • Florida, 1997


  • New York Law School, New York, New York
    • J.D. - 1997
  • State University of New York, Cortland College
    • B.A. - 1991
    • Major: Communications/Economics

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association, Member, 1997 - Present
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Member, 1997 - Present
  • Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association, 1997 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • New York State Division of Human Rights, Deputy Commissioner for External Relations, 2007 - 2009
  • Office of the Public Advocate for the City of New York, Assistant Advocate, 1993 - 1997
  • Office of the Mayor for the City of New York, Press Aide, 1992 - 1993
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Thomas D. Shanahan

Thomas Shanahan has extensive experience promoting and defending human rights of all types in both the public and private sectors of the law. Among his notable honors is his appointment as Deputy Commissioner at the New York State Division of Human Rights...

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