Shanlon Wu

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Washington, DC

Wu, Grohovsky & Whipple, P.L.L.C.
 | 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202-684-7215
Fax: 202-747-7518
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2014, 2016 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (60%),
  • Schools & Education (30%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Chinese-Mandarin
Attorney Profile

As a founding member of the Wu, Grohovsky & Whipple, PLLC, law firm in Washington, D.C., Shanlon Wu focuses his practice on criminal defense, particularly white collar crimes, and providing defense for college students accused of violating their university's code of conduct. Licensed to practice in Washington, D.C., as well as Connecticut, Mr. Wu has more than 27 years of experience protecting the rights and liberties of his clients.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in English from Vassar College in 1980, he obtained a Master of Arts in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College in 1984. He then attended Georgetown University Law Center, receiving his Juris Doctor in 1988. That same year, the Connecticut Bar Association admitted him to practice, and The District of Columbia Bar followed suit.

Early in his legal career, Mr. Wu worked as a federal prosecutor and served under Attorney General Janet Reno from 1999-2000. During his time working for the federal government, he was instrumental in pioneering the use of expert testimony in domestic violence cases, and he received numerous awards and accolades from law enforcement agencies as well as from community organizations.

In his private practice, Mr. Wu brings this same level of dedication and experience to better serve those who seek his counsel. Known for his aggressive litigation and defense tactics, he has a long history of successfully representing individuals and businesses with their sensitive and complex legal matters. A consummate professional, he is actively involved in several professional organizations, including serving with the Board on Professional Responsibility for The District of Columbia Bar's Hearing Committee, and he has published several articles on various legal topics.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (60%): Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Misdemeanor

Schools & Education (30%): Schools

Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%): White Collar Crime

Focus Areas

Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Misdemeanor, Schools, White Collar Crime


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Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2014, 2016 - 2019

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About Shanlon Wu

Admitted: 1990, Washington D.C.

Professional Webpage:


  • Co-Director of the Moot Court Program

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association, President
  • D.C. Bar Association’s Hearing Committee of the Board on Professional Responsibility
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia


  • Cheating on an exam | Academic Honor Code Violation- Several Chinese foreign students were accused by their university of cheating on an exam. If found responsible, all of the students faced suspension or expulsion. The university offered them an arrangement by which they could admit responsibility in return for not being expelled and instead face potential suspension. This arrangement put the students in a very difficult situation as they did not wish to risk expulsion which would ruin their career plans to study in the United States but also did not want to be forced into admitting responsibility for something they had not done. The students hired us to evaluate their cases and help them decide on a strategy.After thorough reviews of the cases and learning what was at stake for our clients, we were able to make specific recommendations to our clients. The students chose to fight the charges. We identified potential witnesses, reviewed and analyzed the exam answers and prepared our clients for the hearings which were to be conducted entirely in English without the benefits of translators. Although all of our clients could communicate well in English, it remained a second language for them and extra time and effort was necessary in order to prepare them for speaking and being questioned under conditions of great stress. All of our clients were found not responsible and were able to continue with their studies in the United States.


Educational Background:

  • Georgetown University Law Center Degree: Doctor of Law (J.D.) Activities and societies: Barristers Council, Moot Court Board, Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, Law and Policy in International Business, 1987
  • Sarah Lawrence College M.F.A. Fine Arts, 1981
  • Vassar College A.B. English, 1976

Industry Groups

  • False Claims Act
  • Fraud
  • Qui Tam
  • Student Defense
  • Whistleblower
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Office Location for Shanlon Wu

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20004

Phone: 202-684-7215

Fax: 202-747-7518

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Last Updated: 11/14/2018

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