T. Shawn Howard





Shawn Howard received both his undergraduate and law degree from the University of North Carolina, graduating law school with honors.  Prior to joining Maginnis Law, he worked at an insurance defense firm representing automobile and commercial liability insurance companies in liability and coverage cases. He now exclusively helps North Carolinians recover fair compensation for injuries caused by negligent third-parties. He also handles Maginnis Law’s insurance coverage disputes when an insurer wrongfully denies coverage under an automobile, homeowners, or commercial insurance policy. Shawn lives in Raleigh with his wife Samantha, a kindergarten teacher in the Chapel Hill School System.



  • Automobile Accidents
  • Drunk Driving/DUI Collisions
  • Motorcycle, Bicycle, and Pedestrian Accidents
  • Wrongful Death Claims
  • Industrial Incidents
  • Dog Bites
  • Employment Injuries
  • Insurance Coverage Disputes



  • Obtained $250,000.00 on behalf of a client injured in a serious automobile accident.
  • After retaining forensic engineer, reached a $200,000.00 resolution on behalf of client against a motorcycle dealership that had failed to fully torque a bolt on his bike’s caliper, causing the motorcycle to suddenly seize during operation, resulting in multiple fractured ribs, two collapsed lungs, and shoulder fractures.
  • After significant litigation, including eight depositions, obtained $150,000.00 in a denied liability wrongful death case arising out of a Wake County automobile collision. The decedent was a passenger of a drunk driver who he had witnessed consume alcohol prior to getting in the car. The drunk driver reached speeds in excess of 90 MPH and caused a violent collision killing the decedent. The young man’s parents were turned down by other reputable Raleigh injury lawyers due to concern that North Carolina’s contributory negligence rule would bar recovery.
  • Reached $200,000.00 mediated settlement agreement for injured client.
  • Represented U.S. Army Major who sustained traumatic brain injury and countless broken bones following a motorcycle collision.  Filed suit to investigate insurance coverage and collected $60,000.00, the full available coverage from the policies of both the negligent driver and the owner of the vehicle she was operating.
  • Represented a Durham woman who sustained permanent facial scarring following a serious T-Bone collision in which the defendant blew through a stop sign. Obtained a $50,000.00 settlement, the total amount of available insurance coverage.
  • Settled a claim for $85,000.00 against a teenage driver who had taken her eyes off the roadway, driven onto the sidewalk, and ran over plaintiff and her boyfriend, causing a disc herniation requiring surgery.
  • Obtained insurance funds of $50,000.00 for Raleigh lady who sustained a herniated cervical disc in a rear end automobile collision. The settlement was for the limits of available insurance coverage – $30,000.00 from the at-fault driver’s automobile policy and $20,000.00 from the client’s own Underinsured Motorist coverage.
  • Obtained $109,750.00 of owed Hospital Indemnity Policy funds for client.  Her claim under a policy purchased by her father had originally been completely denied.  All owed benefits were paid.
  • Represented a bus passenger against a municipality for a torn quadriceps muscle caused by the negligent operation of the bus. Settled the claim for $120,000.00.
  • Reached $80,000.00 resolution for Raleigh cab driver struck by drunk driver who sustained lower back injuries.
  • Recovered $50,000.00 limits of available insurance coverage for 5 year old Johnston County boy who was on his bicycle when he was ran off the road by a motorist who had crossed the centerline. The boy fell into a culvert and broke both wrists.
  • Reached $48,500.00 settlement on behalf of motorcyclist struck by negligent driver who sustained a nonsurgical, nondisplaced tibial plateau fracture.
  • Reached a $30,000.00 mediated settlement for young man injured on the job whose employer, contrary to North Carolina law, had failed to obtain workers’ compensation insurance.
  • After filing suit, reached a settlement of approximately $25,000.00 for a Raleigh pedestrian injured by a hit-and-run driver who was tracked down by a motorist that had witnessed her hit the client and drive off.
  • Recovered $20,000.00 for Raleigh lady involved in a collision with a drunk driver where the only medical treatment was immediately after the collision in the emergency room.
  • Despite denied insurance coverage, obtained a $17,500.00 settlement for a mother and her young daughter who endured serious respiratory and skin problems associated with exposure to stachybotrys mold in their leased home.
  • Reached mediated settlement agreement of $15,750.00 in a dog bite case involving a Raleigh woman bitten on the shin by a pit bull.
  • Assisted in drafting amicus curiae brief to North Carolina Supreme Court on behalf of North Carolina Advocates for Justice in case involving a denied Uninsured Motorist claim. The plaintiffs were two men that had been seriously injured following a tire flying out of the bed of an unidentified truck and coming through their front windshield. They attempted to recover their medical expenses through their own insurance policies but were wrongfully denied. The claim settled one day prior to oral argument in the North Carolina Supreme Court.
  • Drafted amicus curiae brief to the North Carolina Supreme Court on behalf of North Carolina Advocates for Justice in case involving a denied Underinsured Motorist claim.  The plaintiff was a young girl who was permanently injured in a tragic automobile collision.  At the time, she was living in a home owned and paid for by her grandfather and was also receiving nearly all of her financial support from her grandfather. The insurer denied that the girl was entitled to UIM coverage under her grandfather’s policy, the North Carolina Court of Appeals disagreed, and the matter was appealed to the North Carolina Supreme Court where it is still pending.



  • J.D., with honors, University of North Carolina School of Law
  • B.A., University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill



  • North Carolina State Courts
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina



  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Legal Affairs Committee
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Autotorts Section


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