Shawn Harpen has led teams in legal, business, professional, and non-profit organizations for the last 25 years. She most recently served as Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of Patrón Spirits International AG and The Patrón Spirits Company. Before joining Patrón, she was a partner at the international law firms of Jones Day and, prior to that, McDermott Will & Emery LLP, where her practice focused on complex commercial and shareholder litigation, as well as corporate governance.
Shawn is a member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professional Regulation and has served as a past Chair of both the State Bar of Nevada’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and the State Bar of California’s Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct. She is a member of the Local Rules Advisory Committee of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. In addition, she serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Audit Committee for the Starlight Children’s Foundation and is a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.
Shawn is admitted to practice in California and before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and several United States District Courts. She has a BA in communications from The University of Toledo College of Arts and Sciences, where she graduated summa cum laude, and a JD from The University of Toledo College of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude. She also has a Public Leadership Credential from Harvard Kennedy School, as well as a graduate certificate in Environmental Policy and International Development from Harvard Extension School, where she presently is a master’s degree candidate in sustainability.