With over 80 litigators across five offices, Shumaker is able to successfully represent clients in many different types of litigation matters.  We bring a business emphasis to litigation to accomplish client goals both inside and outside the courtroom.  Our clients include Fortune 1000 companies, mid-market and family businesses, officers and individuals in a wide range of disputes throughout the United States.

What Makes Us Different

We define "winning" as reaching the best result for our clients as efficiently as possible, and we are particularly sensitive to the economic realities of the adversarial process.  Developing the right strategy from the beginning to achieve our clients goals is key.  Our lawyers help clients analyze the risks and benefits of litigation and implement a strategy which may include all aspects of trial preparation, mediation, arbitration, negotiation and other forms of dispute resolution.  Developing the right strategy for each given situation to achieve client objectives is our first priority.

Shumaker litigators use sophisticated trial management, litigation support, database and presentation technology, but never as a substitute for the hard work, strategic approach and commitment needed to resolve disputes.  Our  skills as a trial team are illustrated by the selection of several of our litigators as fellows in the Litigation Counsel of America (an invitation-only honor accorded to less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers) and by team members with Board Certification in such areas as Appellate, Bankruptcy, Business Litigation, Civil Trial and Construction law.

We continually look for new ways to add value to the litigation equation, such as our unique Business Backstopsm program, with a menu of streamlined and effective solutions to help businesses deal with uncertainties in challenging economic times.  These programs help our clients avoid disputes by providing them with solid business procedures that become a part of their day-to-day operating procedures.

Our Clients

  • Large, middle-size and small business clients
  • Companies with industry-specific litigation needs, from construction to healthcare
  • Manufacturers and distributors of commercial and consumer products
  • Medical, legal and financial professionals

Why You Benefit

Clients receive the benefits of a skilled and experienced litigation group which offers a variety of litigation services that are typified by these key strengths:

  • Experienced litigators, prepared for court room trial, with access to scalable resources needed to successfully represent our clients in a wide range of disputes.
  • Recognizing that not all matters require pursuit of formal trial proceedings, Shumaker litigators are also skilled at all forms of dispute resolution including:  negotiation, mediation and arbitration.
  • With each dispute, our commercial litigators sit down with the client and discuss goals and expectations.  Then, working together, we develop a strategic plan that has the best chance of maximizing results to achieve your goals. 
  • We are equally effective in the complex issues that require hearing in federal, state or appellate courts, providing lawyers who have pursued significant issues and established new law.

Core Services

  • Commercial litigation
  • Corporate compliance and investigation
  • Federal court litigation
  • Fidelity, surety and specialty bonds
  • Product liability
  • Professional liability

Additional Services

  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Appellate practice

What You Can Expect from Shumaker

When clients ask Shumaker to represent their interests, we take the time to understand how their business works, know the issues and create a clear and comprehensive strategy.  We work quickly to assess the merits of opposing claims, balance the strength of the allegations against the potential damages and advise clients on the best approach to resolve the dispute.

If trial is the best option, our seasoned trial teams can quickly identify the issues and develop a strategy which affords our clients the best chance of victory in the courtroom. 

More detailed descriptions of our litigation practices and strengths are linked to this description.  Together they illustrate the varied skills Shumaker offers to deal with your litigation needs.

News Releases


07.22.2014John Oliver covers the realities of incarceration nation
07.22.2014"There's little evidence that fewer prisoners means more crime"
07.22.2014After Kozinski's candor, what will SCOTUS due about First Amendment stay in Arizona capital case?
07.22.2014"Strictly Taboo: Cultural Anthropology's Insights into Mass Incarceration and Victimless Crime"
07.21.2014Split Ninth Circuit panel stays Arizona execution based on First Amendment (really?!?!) drug secrecy concerns
07.21.2014How many of nearly 50,000 federal prisoners need a lawyer to help with drug sentence reduction efforts? How many will get a lawyer?
07.21.2014"Liberal but Not Stupid: Meeting the Promise of Downsizing Prisons"
07.21.2014Thoughtful Teague-based criticism of the remarkable California capital ruling in Jones v. Chappell
07.20.2014Tragic and personal criminal justice story: the killing of Professor Dan Markel
07.19.2014US Attorney for NJ: "Ex-offenders get time, now they need opportunity"
07.18.2014Furman and randomness (not just delay) at heart of California capital ruling
07.18.2014USSC votes for full (though slightly delayed) retroactivity of new reduced drug guidelines
07.18.2014Split Iowa Supreme Court declares all mandatory juve sentencing terms violate state constitution
07.17.2014"Recalibrating Justice: A Review of 2013 State Sentencing and Corrections Trends"
07.17.2014Newt Gingrich saying again that "backing sensible and proven reforms to the U.S. criminal-justice system is a valuable conservative cause"
07.17.2014Divided en banc Third Circuit announces new approach to preserving procedural sentencing error claims
07.17.2014Lots of notable discussion of yesterday's notable decision striking down California's death penalty
07.17.2014Huge reduced drug guideline retroactivity decision expected from US Sentencing Commission on 7/18
07.16.2014Latest polling shows rich, white, midwestern guys aged 30-44 most likely to favor pot legalization
07.16.2014"Volunteers for Execution: Directions for Further Research into Grief, Culpability, and Legal Structures"
07.16.2014Federal district judge declares California's death penalty unconstitutional under Eighth Amendment
07.15.2014Careful examination of California's "mixed" record with realignment
07.15.2014Intriguing sparring over victims' rights in Colorado massacre capital case
07.14.2014Are federal drug sentences for mules now too short?
07.14.2014Third Circuit approves forcible medication to enable federal sentencing
07.14.2014Former Rep. (and former felon) Duke Cunningham now says "my Democrat colleagues were right and I was wrong on some issues as far as criminal justice"
07.14.2014Fourth Circuit to reconsider en banc its Whiteside ruling concerning reconsideration of guideline errors in 2255
07.14.2014"Moneyball Sentencing"
07.13.2014"4 Reasons Conservatives Are Embracing Prison Reform"
07.13.2014"An NTSB for Capital Punishment"
07.13.2014USSC Chair reiterates Commission's sentencing reform message to House Judiciary Committee
07.11.2014Second Circuit finds unreasonable probation sentence based on "cost of incarceration"
07.11.2014Some more informed legal buzz about marijuana reform via MLP&R
07.10.2014"The Consequences of Error in Criminal Justice"
07.10.2014Split Michigan Supreme Court rejects retroactivity of Miller for hundreds of juve lifers
07.10.2014Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles grants execution eve clemency to witness killer
07.09.2014"States Push For Prison Sentence Overhaul; Prosecutors Push Back"
07.09.2014Following the money behind sustaining pot prohibition
07.09.2014Former NOLA mayor Ray Nagin gets 10-year federal prison sentence for corruption
07.08.2014Making a spiritual case for abolishing the death penalty
07.08.2014Even as its prospects dim, Smarter Sentencing Act is impacting federal sentencing proceedings
07.08.2014Notable Third Circuit discussion of revocation of supervised release standards
07.08.2014Senators Paul and Booker introducing another important bipartisan CJ reform bill
07.07.2014Highlighting a notable lacuna in crime statistics
07.07.2014Robert Blecker suggests "5 ways to improve the U.S. death penalty"
07.07.2014Interesting account of guidelines accounting facing former NOLA mayor at upcoming federal sentencing
07.07.2014"Do Residency Bans Drive Sex Offenders Underground?"
07.05.2014High-profile ex-con (who is also an ex-Gov) eager to keep pushing for death penalty abolition
07.05.2014"The Double Edged Sword of Prison Video Visitation: Claiming to Keep Families Together While Furthering the Aims of the Prison Industrial Complex"
07.04.2014Another July 4th open thread seeking comments on liberty and freedom in the USA
07.03.2014Fascinating suggestion of "Mitt Romney for drug czar"
07.03.2014Hawaii legislatively eliminates all juve LWOP sentences for all crimes
07.03.2014"6 Months Later, Legalizing Weed In Colorado Is A Huge Success"
07.02.2014"Into the Breach: The Case for Robust Noncapital Proportionality Review Under State Constitutions"
07.02.2014An (overly?) optimistic account of how GPS technology could "solve" mass incarceration
07.02.2014Another round-up of recent posts of note from Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform
07.01.2014Significant (but unpublished!?!) Sixth Circuit ruling finding Lafler prejudice despite defendant's claims of innocence
07.01.2014Detailing a notable capital punishment surge in the Sunshine State
06.30.2014Yet more ACCA messiness out of Maryland
06.30.2014Two new examinations of white-collar prosecutions and punishment schemes
06.30.2014Could part of Hobby Lobby "havoc" include new RFRA challenges to federal drug laws and their regulatory enforcement?
06.30.2014Ninth Circuit sorts out federal case of CJA payment delayed, then CJA representation denied
06.29.2014Can and should California's enduring CJ problems be blamed on those who've long opposed a state sentencing commission?
06.28.2014Despite ugly execution, Oklahomans still strongly support death penalty
06.28.2014"Juries and Prior Convictions: Managing the Demise of the Prior Conviction Exception to Apprendi"
06.27.2014Effective review of debate over federal fraud guidelines in preview of another high-profile insider trading sentencing
06.27.2014New York Times op-ed laments Kettle Falls 5 federal marijuana prosecution
06.27.2014"Managing Prisons by the Numbers: Using the Good-Time Laws and Risk-Needs Assessments to Manage the Federal Prison Population"
06.27.2014A 22-year-old driving his parents' RV from Colorado to Wisconsin with $50K, pot and a pit-bull gets pulled over in Nebraska...
06.26.2014"What Is Criminal Restitution?"
06.26.2014Could McCullen's First Amendment scrutiny impact (and strengthen) Second Amendment claims?
06.25.2014New Sentencing Project analysis details states' sluggish response to Miller
06.25.2014Notable SCOTUS consensus that Fourth Amendment requires a warrant for cell phone searches
06.24.2014How SCOTUS Halliburton ruling could have white-collar sentencing echoes
06.24.2014"Forget Sentencing Equality: Moving from the 'Cracked' Cocaine Debate Toward Particular Purpose Sentencing"
06.24.2014Others starting to appreciate "Rand Paul, Criminal Justice Hero"
06.23.2014SCOTUS grants cert to resolve split over reach of statutory bank robbery aggravator
06.23.2014SCOTUS rules against defendant concerning required bank fraud intent in Loughrin
06.23.2014Another account of how ACCA interpretation aggravation endures, this time in Maryland
06.22.2014New York Times editorial laments stalled federal sentencing reform
06.21.2014Citing Windsor, marijuana defendant aggressively attacks federal prosecution
04.21.2014A few headline highlights concerning those celebrating different high holy day
04.21.2014"WWJD? Reform Alabama's horrible criminal sentencing laws"
04.21.2014SCOTUS takes up two criminal cases, including yet another ACCA application question
04.21.2014Is Prez Obama likely to grant clemency to "hundreds, perhaps thousands" of imprisoned drug offenders?
04.20.2014Gov Chris Christie talking up drug sentencing reform as a pro-life commitment
04.19.2014"Blackstone's Curse: The Fall of the Criminal, Civil, and Grand Juries and the Rise of the Executive, the Legislature, the Judiciary, and the States"
04.18.2014Effort to repeal death penalty in New Hampshire falls one vote short
04.18.2014Should Prez Obama create a "Presidential Commission on Mass Incarceration"? Who should be on it?
04.17.2014Another bizarre, sad and fatal case of reefer madness?
04.17.2014"Culpability and Modern Crime"
04.17.2014Big new empirical analysis of federal prosecutorial charging practices
04.16.2014Denver reporting notable 2014 crime reduction since legal pot sales started
04.16.2014"Let the Burden Fit the Crime: Extending Proportionality Review to Sex Offenders"
04.16.2014Another sign of the modern sentencing times: notable sponsor for "How the Criminal Justice System Impacts Well-Being"
04.16.2014Critical reflections on the Cantu commutation ... aka why some federal prosecutors perhaps deserve to be demonized



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