Shawn Judge

Shawn Judge

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Shawn Judge protects consumer rights through complex litigation matters, including class actions and mass torts, and has frequently been appointed to leadership positions. Shawn is also an experienced mediator offering private mediation services for any civil dispute.

Shawn has been appointed Chair by a federal court to two pipeline compensation commissions, and he currently serves as Special Counsel for the Ohio Attorney General litigating claims against five of the country’s largest pharmaceutical companies alleging misrepresentations and deceptive marketing that caused the nation’s current devastating current opioid crisis. He has also served as co-lead counsel in a class action for lessors of a major oil and gas operator, liaison counsel in a consumer class action against Honda, and counsel in litigation against JUUL Labs, Inc. for claims involving marketing and selling vaping products to minors.

Prior to joining Gibbs Law Group, Shawn was a member of a class action practice group of a leading Ohio firm. He has served as a judicial clerk for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the Supreme Court of Ohio, and Ohio’s Ninth District Court of Appeals. Shawn received his J.D. with honors from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and also holds an M.A. in English from Wright State University.

Shawn is admitted to practice law in Ohio.

Mediation Services

Shawn is a leading mediator for those looking to avoid or end costly litigation. He will mediate any civil dispute filed in or heading to federal or state court, excluding domestic relations and juvenile division cases. Shawn offers both in-person and virtual mediation services.

For over a decade, Shawn mediated cases for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio as a judicial clerk, and he continues to serve as a volunteer mediator for the Court. He received mediation training at the Harvard Negotiation Institute at Harvard Law School and the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law.

Consultant and Educator

Shawn routinely serves as an invited speaker on civil litigation and mediation. He has also served as an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, and Capital University Law School. Shawn is a former Ohio Bar Examiner and has been an editorial consultant to the Ohio Judicial Conference’s Ohio Jury Instructions Committee since 2005.

Litigation Highlights

  • State of Ohio ex rel. Dave Yost, Ohio Attorney General v. Purdue Pharma L.P

    Represents the State of Ohio in litigation alleging that the six major manufacturers of prescription opioids created a public nuisance, which caused billions of dollars in damages to the state and its citizens. The litigation is ongoing.

  • Eaton v. Ascent Resources – Utica, LLC

    Represents a class and sub-classes of oil and gas lessors with leases with Ascent Resources – Utica, LLC. Plaintiffs claim that Ascent takes improper post-production deductions from their royalty payments that are either not allowed under their contracts or are unreasonable in amount. On August 4, 2021, the Court granted class certification in the case, which marks one of the first cases in which a court has certified an Ohio class action regarding the underpayment of oil and gas royalties. The lawsuit is ongoing.

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Ohio Super Lawyers, 2021, 2023
Top Rated Class Action Lawyer

  • J.D., with honors, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, 1998
  • M.A., Wright State University, 1995
  • B.A., with honors, The College of Wooster, 1993
  • Co-Chair, Class Actions/Consumer Law, Central Ohio Association for Justice
  • Ohio Mediation Association
  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • National Civil Justice Institute
  • American Association for Justice
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

6 Issues Every Mediator Faces

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Columbus Mediator Training

March 2021

Co-Author, Anderson’s Ohio Consumer Law Manual

2018, 2019, 2020

Ohio’s Payday Lending Regs May Inform Other State Efforts


August 16, 2019

Four Things Your Mediator Wishes You Would Do

Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly

Winter 2019

Successful Mediations

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio’s 45th Annual Federal Law Seminar

July 2019

Guest Lecturer, Paralegal Legal Writing Class

Capital University Law School

June 2019

Federal Civil Practice

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio/Federal Bar Association Federal Practice Seminar

Biannual, 2003-2019

Secrets to Winning by Writing

Columbus Bar Association CLE

October 2017, 2018, 2019

S.D. Ohio Mediator Ethics

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Columbus Mediator Training

February 2019

Panelist, Columbus Bar Association Federal Courts Committee

2004, 2007, 2010, 2014, 2017

Method-of-Execution Challenges

The Federal Judicial Center National Conference for Pro Se Law Clerks

September 2015

Guest Lecturer, Ohio Products Liability Practice Class

Capital University Law School

June 2011 and 2012

Constitution Day Speaker

The College of Wooster

September 2010

Guest Lecturer, Pre-Trial Litigation Class

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

April 2010

Speaker, Legal Writing Class

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law


Judicial Clerkship Panel

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Fall 2002