Shanlon Wu

Wu, Grohovsky & Whipple
Washington DC

About Shanlon Wu

Shan’s professional and personal background gives him a unique understanding of academic institutions and the criminal justice system. A former federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., he is at home in D.C. Courts and very familiar with all of the Washington, D.C. law enforcement agencies, especially the Metropolitan Police Department. His parents were university professors so he grew up in a university environment. He understands the mindset of academic institutions. As a prosecutor, he supervised in the misdemeanor crime section. This is the section of the Washington, D.C. prosecutor’s office that handles most college student cases. His understanding of charging decisions and how judges view these cases is invaluable to his student clients and their families. Shan served as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia for over ten years. During his tenure there, now Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. appointed him to supervisory positions in the Misdemeanor Trial Section and also in a police corruption task force. His outstanding legal work in the government was recognized through numerous Special Achievement Awards from the Justice Department as well as awards conveyed by law enforcement agencies and community groups. From 1999-2000, Shan served as Counsel to Attorney General Janet Reno, advising her on criminal and civil investigations, E-Gov, E-Commerce (electronic signatures, internet gambling, internet telephony, privacy & public access issues in electronic court filings), congressional oversight, and legislative review. His responsibilities included serving as liaison to the FBI, DEA, Criminal Division, Executive Office of United States Attorneys, National Institute of Justice, and White House Counsel’s Office.


Work experience

Wu, Grohovsky & Whipple
Partner | 2010 - Present
WU, GROHOVSKY & WHIPPLE is a boutique law firm focusing on white-collar, criminal and student defense, select transactional matters and cases brought under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, Shan heads the firm's student defense practice group which focuses on defending college and univ...
Wheat Wu PLLC
Partner | 2007 - 2010
At Wheat Wu PLLC, Shan focused on student defense cases, white-collar, criminal law and qui tam cases. His student defense practice included defending college and university students in college disciplinary hearings involving both college conduct code violations as well as academic dishonesty violat...
U.S. Department of Justice
Assistant United States Attorney | 1990 - 2001


Georgetown University Law Center
J.D. | 1984 - 1987
Activities: Barristers Council, Moot Court Board, Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, Law and Policy in International Business Sarah Lawrence College


Executive Board Member of the Assistant United States Attorneys Association of the District of Columbia
Assistant United States Attorneys Association of the District of Columbia | 2013


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