Shanlon Wu

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Washington, DC

Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC
 | 900 7th St NW, Suite 725
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-466-4110
Fax: 202-466-2693
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2014, 2016 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (60%),
  • Schools & Education (30%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Chinese-Mandarin
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Shanlon Wu is a partner with the Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC. law firm in Washington, D.C. A top-rated trial lawyer with more than 33 years of total legal experience, Mr. Wu provides exceptional support to clients throughout the D.C. metro and all across the country who have legal needs involving any of the following:

    • White collar criminal defense and government investigations
    • Student defense
    • Internal investigations
    • Title IX 
    • False Claims Act and whistleblower claims

    A former federal prosecutor, Mr. Wu has invaluable insight into the federal criminal justice system, which helps him to devise the most effective defense strategies possible for those facing serious white collar charges. In one of his most recent cases, he represented former political consultant/lobbyist Rick Gates during the Mueller investigation, and he has successfully tried more than 25 cases to verdict along with arguing several appeals.

    In addition, Mr. Wu has established himself a leader in education law, and he has advocated on behalf of college students throughout the nation on a variety of administrative and criminal proceedings, including alcohol and drug violations and assault and hazing as well as academic offenses, such as plagiarism or cheating. Moreover, he has achieved considerable success handling qui tam and False Claims Act actions and complex arbitrations.

    No matter the issues his clients are facing or how serious the charges against them, Mr. Wu maintains an unwavering focus on protecting their rights and interests while helping them achieve the favorable outcomes they seek as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, he has earned consistent top rankings and endorsements from his peers as among the Top Criminal Defense Lawyers in his region, and he has received numerous positive testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

    A 1980 graduate of Vassar College, Mr. Wu received his Master of Fine Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in 1984. He then attended Georgetown University Law Center, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1987. While there, he was a member of the Georgetown Environmental Law Review and the Law and Policy in International Business as well as the moot court board, and he graduated Order of the Barristers. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut and the District of Columbia.

    Mr. Wu is also an active member and past president of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C., area and the Hearing Committee of the Board on Professional Responsibility - District of Columbia Bar. He is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and he serves on the Sarah Lawrence College board of trustees. He has also served as legal analyst for CNN.

    Practice Areas
    • 60%Criminal Defense
    • 30%Schools & Education
    • 10%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    Focus Areas

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


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    Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2014, 2016 - 2020

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    About Shanlon Wu

    Admitted: 1990, Washington D.C.

    Professional Webpage:


    • Co-Director of the Moot Court Program
    • Washington, DC Super Lawyers List, Criminal Defense: 2020 

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Sarah Lawrence College Board of Trustees
    • District of Columbia
    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
    • Asian Pacific American Bar Association, President
    • D.C. Bar Association’s Hearing Committee of the Board on Professional Responsibility
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • Connecticut
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Can You Be Expelled from School if You Lied on a College Application? November 19, 2020 / DC Student Defense
    • Do the New Title IX Regulations Endanger Students When Off-Campus? September 22, 2020 / University Business
    • 10 Ways to Get Accused of Online Cheating, October 5, 2020 / DC Student Defense
    • So You Want to Sue Your School… October 19, 2020 / DC Student Defense
    • The Dangers of Exaggeration on a College or Graduate School Application, November 19, 2020 / DC Student Defense


    • 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 analysed 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:

    • Vassar College A.B. English, 1976
    • Sarah Lawrence College M.F.A. Fine Arts, 1981

    Industry Groups

    • Education
    • Government
    • Health Care
    • Individuals
    • Small Businesses
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    Office Location for Shanlon Wu

    900 7th St NW
    Suite 725
    Washington, DC 20001

    Phone: 202-466-4110

    Fax: 202-466-2693

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    Last Updated: 12/28/2020

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