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Shawn McCann

Partner, Litigation Department
Shawn McCann

Shawn McCann is a partner at BD&J, specializing in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases. Prior to joining BD&J, Shawn represented injured people at another well-respected litigation firm. He has recovered over $500 million on behalf of his clients. Shawn currently serves as the President of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. He is also an associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates and has extensive experience trying cases.

Throughout his career, Shawn has received awards and recognition for his client advocacy skills and dedication to excellence by several attorney organizations. In 2011, Shawn received the F. Scott Baldwin Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the American Association for Justice, New Lawyers Division. He was also awarded the Presidential Award by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles in 2011. Each year from 2005 to 2013, Shawn was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star. Shawn was recognized as a Super Lawyer in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. Shawn most recently has been recognized for the Best Lawyers in America Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs award for 2018.

Since 2011, Shawn has served on the state-wide level as a member of the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys of California. At a national level, Shawn is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates National Board and also served as a State Delegate to the American Association for Justice. Locally, Shawn serves on the Judicial Elections Evaluation Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, a position he has held since 2010. As a member of the ABOTA Executive Committee, Shawn created ABOTA SideBar, a program designed to foster diversity and educate young trial attorneys on the importance of civility among lawyers. Shawn has served on the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles for over 15 years and served as the CAALA President in 2019.

Shawn is also a trustee of the Pound Civil Justice Institute, a national legal “think tank” focusing on issues affecting the U.S. Civil Justice System. He has published articles and is regularly invited to speak at seminars and provide instruction for attorneys in the areas of trial skills, civil procedure, and effective litigation practices.


  • Villanova University, Bachelor of Science
  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, Juris Doctor


  • 2019-2021 Top 100 Lawyers for Super Lawyers
  • Former President of CAALA – Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, 2018
  • F. Scott Baldwin Trial Lawyer of the Year, American Association for Justice
  • Presidential Award, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Rising Star 2005-2013, by Super Lawyers in Los Angeles Magazine
  • Super Lawyer 2014-2015, Super Lawyers in Los Angeles Magazine

Memberships & Associations

  • California State Bar
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (President)
  • American Association of Justice (State Delegate)
  • Pound Civil Justice Institute
  • LA County Bar Association (Judicial Evaluations Committee)
  • American Board of Trial Associates
  • Trial Lawyers Charities of Los Angeles (Honorary Board)
  • Member of the ABOTA National Board

What Sets Our Firm Apart?


Sean Banafsheh: What sets us apart from other firms is the attention that we give to our clients. When I say that we really treat someone like family, we really try to treat someone like family. We’re a large-sized firm, where we have enough attorneys and enough fight within us and resources to take on anybody, but no one gets lost in the shuffle here. There are tons of clients that have my cell phone number, my partner Shawn’s cell phone number, my partner Raphael’s. We are on the clock 24/7.

Shawn McCann: It’s important when selecting an attorney to choose someone who has the resources available to adequately investigate the case and to work it up, who has the experience to negotiate a just settlement, if it’s possible, and who’s willing and ready to take it into the courtroom and try the case to a jury.

Lauren Horwitz: One of the best parts of my job is being able to tell my client that we’ve been able to hold the person who wronged them accountable. It gives me no greater satisfaction than to let them know that someone is fighting for them. And one of the best parts of my job is ensuring that my clients get justice at the end of the day.

Raphael Javid: Our firm has a track history of handling very substantial cases. We have cases that have resolved for an excess of $30 million. We’ve had over 40 or 50 cases that have resolved in excess of a million dollars. And there’s not going to be firms that have done that.

Sean: We try to get you the maximum, humanly possible on every single case that we have, not because it benefits us financially, but because we have a sense of pride in what we do. When I go to bed at night, it makes me feel good knowing that I got the best result for that client.

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