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As the Covid-19 epidemic is affecting every aspect of American life, the State of Iowa has taken protective measures to protect the public. We remain open and able to provide legal services to you via telephone, email, and the internet. The court system remains open and we are actively working on new and existing cases to the full extent available at this time.

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Shawn M. Fitzgerald


As a partner with Johnston, Stannard, Klesner, Burbidge & Fitzgerald, PLC in Iowa City, IA, Shawn provides legal services for criminal defense, personal injury, civil litigation, business law, and estate planning. Shawn received his B.S. degree in psychology from the University of Iowa in 2002 and his J.D. from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL in 2005.

Prior to joining Johnston, Stannard, Klesner, Burbidge & Fitzgerald, PLC, Shawn practiced with the law firm of David Goldstein and Associates, LLC in Chicago, IL. While attending John Marshall Law School, Shawn clerked for the law firm of Daley and George, Ltd.

Shawn is currently admitted to the Iowa Bar (2007).  Prior to relocating to Iowa City from Chicago, Shawn was admitted to the Illinois Bar (2005).

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Litigation
  • Business Law & Contracts
  • Estate Planning
Past Positions

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2005
  • Iowa, 2007

Professional Associations

  • Iowa Bar Association, Member
  • Iowa Association for Justice, Member


  • University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 2005
  • University of Iowa
    • B.S. - 2002