Dawn is a former prosecutor with more than two decades of trial experience. Dawn’s criminal practice includes individual representation of corporate employees, white-collar, and violent crimes. Before joining Shaffer Lombardo Shurin, Dawn served as the Chief Trial Assistant in the Jackson County Prosecutor’s office, where she tried more than 100 jury trials.
Represented Elected Official in a state grand jury investigation.
Advised State House of Representatives conducting an impeachment hearing.
Represented a Chief Financial Officer in the Department of Justice’s investigation into SBA Service Disabled Veteran loans.
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL)
Barrister, International Society of Barristers (ISOB)
Kansas City Business Journal Best of the Bar 2109
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA) Distinguished Counsel Award: 2018
Missouri Lawyers Weekly Women’s Justice Award: General Practitioner: 2018
Super Lawyers 2017, 2018, 2019
KCMBA Michael Coburn Professionalism Award: 2017
Missouri Lawyers Weekly Women’s Justice Award: Public Service Practitioner: 2014
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law Decade Award: 2003
Missouri Bar Lon Hocker Trial Advocacy Award: 2001
Jackson County Prosecutor (1992-2015)
Supervisory Positions held: Chief Trial Assistant – Street Crimes Unit; Chief Litigation Specialist; Major crimes prosecutor, Death Committee, Police Shooting Team