Shawna McKee regularly advises school districts and community college districts on personnel and employment law matters, including employee discipline, collective bargaining, contract enforcement and arbitration, and workplace violence policies. She has experience conducting employment-related investigations, and has represented public agencies in matters before the Public Employment Relations Board and the Office of Administrative Hearings.

Ms. McKee counsels public agencies on Brown Act compliance, responding to compliance complaints, and replying to Public Records Act requests. She also specializes in election law, including matters involving the California Voting Rights Act and the Political Reform Act.

Ms. McKee assists clients with negotiating and drafting settlement agreements, conducting research and analysis, drafting motions, and propounding and responding to discovery requests. Ms. McKee has experience with transactional matters, including drafting and conducting comprehensive review of professional service agreements.

She also represents a variety of clients in administrative proceedings and in litigation before state and federal courts.

While in law school, Ms. McKee was the Primary Editor and Technical Editor of the Women’s Law Journal and a co-chair of the Professional Development Committee for the Women’s Law Association. As an undergraduate, she received the Robert C. Byrd Honor Scholarship and was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society.

Practice Areas

News & Publications


Ms. McKee is a contributor to the firm’s education publications and Education Law Blog.

Community Involvement

Community & Professional

Ms. McKee has served on the Advisory Council for the Assistance League of Huntington Beach, a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and adults in the community.


J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., University of California, Irvine


  • 2003, California
    2005, District of Columbia
    U.S. Tax Court
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