Silva, Kiernan  &  Associates, PLLC

910.333.9833 - Jacksonville, NC

910.592.5137 - Clinton, NC

​910-343-9862 - Wilmington, NC

Mr. Shanahan joined Silva, Kiernan & Associates in 2013.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Mercer University (Macon, Georgia) in 2010 and graduated magna cum laude.  While at Mercer, Mr. Shanahan was a member or Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, serving as Public Relations Chair, a member of the Judicial Committee, and Risk Management Officer.  Outside the fraternity, Mr. Shanahan was an Honor Council Justice, Vice-Chairman of College Republicans, and an award-winning participant in Model Arab League.

Upon graduation from Mercer University, Mr. Shanahan attended Law School at Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, where he was Executive Development Editor of the Journal of Legislation, a member of the Federalist Society, and graduated cum laude.

While at Notre Dame, Mr. Shanahan spent his summers clerking at the Onslow County District Attorney's Office and Wake County District Attorney's Office, respectively, where he gained valuable, hands-on experience, including prosecuting numerous District Court trials.  During his semesters at Notre Dame, Mr. Shanahan worked with both the St. Joseph County Public Defender's Office and a local Criminal Defense Attorney representing juveniles and adults charged with serious crimes.

Upon earning his law degree from Notre Dame, Mr. Shanahan joined Silva, Kiernan & Associates as an Associate Attorney.  Since joining Silva, Kiernan & Associates, Mr. Shanahan has represented clients in both Criminal Defense and Family Law matters.

In Criminal Defense, Mr. Shanahan regularly represents clients charged with infractions, such as speeding and seatbelt tickets; misdemeanors, such as Simple Assault and DWI; and felonies, such as serious larcenies and drug charges.

In Family Law, Mr. Shanahan represents clients in both contested and uncontested actions involving divorce, separation agreements, child custody, child support, spousal support, alimony, equitable distribution, domestic violence protection orders, name changes, termination of parental rights, and adoptions. 

Senior Associate

William P. Shanahan, III, Esq.