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Carolyn Shanahan

Senior Counsel

Carolyn represents clients across the country who seek to advance gun violence prevention through the courts and before regulatory bodies.

Carolyn represents survivors, families of victims, municipalities and other stakeholders who challenge dangerous laws and policies, pursue justice from the gun industry, and seek to improve access to data that is critical to gun violence prevention research. Her work has been covered by the New York Times.  

While at Columbia Law School, Carolyn served as an articles editor for the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. While in Law School, Carolyn interned for The Bronx Defenders, for the Honorable Carol Bagley Amon of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and for the Honorable Barry T. Albin of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Prior to joining Everytown Law, Carolyn was a litigation associate at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. While at Arnold & Porter, she represented survivors of a mass shooting in a negligence action against the dealer that sold the gun.   


  • New York


  • Georgetown University, B.A.
  • Columbia Law School, J.D., honors

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey