Shawn P. Cavenee
Shawn P. Cavenee originally joined Gordon & Simmons in 1998 after graduating magna cum laude from the University of Baltimore. As an associate with Gordon & Simmons, Shawn played a key role in obtaining significant recoveries for the firm’s clients in commercial litigation.
In 2006, Shawn left the full-time practice of law to devote more time to his family, and particularly his youngest daughter, who has a rare and debilitating seizure disorder. He remained affiliated with Gordon & Simmons while he served as general counsel and general manager for a former firm client, where he gained valuable real-world experience in regulatory compliance, business operations and management, employee relations, and other myriad challenges faced by small and mid-sized businesses.
Shawn rejoined Gordon & Simmons full-time in February 2010. He became a member of the firm in March 2013 and enjoys the opportunity to practice law in the Frederick area, where he was born and raised.
Since becoming a member of the bar in 1998, Shawn has been active in civil litigation in Maryland’s trial and appellate courts, as well as in federal trial courts in Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Illinois. In addition to the Maryland state bar, Shawn is a member of the bar for the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
In 2018, Shawn began volunteering his time as a mediator. More specifically, Shawn is a member of the Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence, and he has been an active volunteer with the Maryland District Court’s day-of-trial mediation program.
Shawn’s practice areas include contract, business torts, professional malpractice, construction litigation, negligence, and regulatory compliance, among other areas of the law. Through Gordon & Simmons, he represents individuals and businesses across the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area. More recently, he has devoted a larger portion of his practice to providing general counsel services to area businesses in order to reduce the need for costly litigation, and is actively working to expand his role in alternative dispute resolution.
Outside of the office, Shawn enjoys spending time with his family, running and being active, and volunteering, particularly for the benefit of families with children with special needs. He is a member of the Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee to the Frederick County Board of Education.