Shan Wu

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Shan Wu
BornShanlon Wu
(1959-05-13) May 13, 1959 (age 59)
Westchester County, New York
NationalityChina/United States
Alma materGeorgetown University Law School, Vassar College , Sarah Lawrence College
OccupationCriminal defense lawyer.
Years active1991-Present
Known forCNN Legal Analyst during the Manafort's Trial,

Shanlon "Shan" Wu (Born May 13, 1959) is an Chinese-American criminal defense lawyer.[1][2] He was the CNN Legal Analyst during the Manafort's Trial[3][4] and a member of Rick Gates legal team.[5][6]

Early life and education[edit]

Wu was born in Westchester County NY where he attended and graduated in Scarborough Day School in 1976.

Wu received his law degree from Georgetown University;[7] prior to that, he obtained a BA in English Literature from Vassar College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.[8]



From 1991-2001 , Wu served as an assistant U.S. Attorney in the United States Department of Justice as well as Counsel to Attorney General Janet Reno, a role in which he advised on various criminal and civil law investigations, before becoming a founding member of Wu, Grohovsky & Whipple, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm in 2010.[9][10]

Wu’s primary area of practice is representing college students accused of violations like those involving drugs, plagiarism, and sexual assault.[11] This involvement with college students led him to help create the DC Student Defense website and blog, which is featured on the American Bar Association website.[12][13]

In 2018, Wu was part of the legal team that defended former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in his much publicized trial.[14] Wu also represented Manafort's former protégé Rick Gates.[15]

Wu is a part-time professor at George Washington University, and a former Federal Prosecutor.[16]


Prior to law school, Wu tried his hand as an amateur boxer. While studying at Vassar he studied and trained with two-time heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson.[17]

Awards and honors[edit]

Wu is one of the top rated Criminal Defense attorneys in Washington, DC.[18] He has received numerous Special Achievement Awards from the Justice Department as well as awards from law enforcement agencies and community groups.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sengupta, Somini (26 August 2011). "Case of 8,000 Menacing Posts Tests Limits of Twitter Speech". Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Jury to weigh ex-Trump aide Manafort's fate for a third day". Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Report on Abuse in Catholic Church; Manafort Defense Rests; Pentagon Spokeswoman Under Investigation". 15 August 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Manafort's Trial Continues". 5 August 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  5. ^ Polantz, Katelyn (8 February 2018). "Lawyers for Rick Gates say they have 'irreconcilable differences' with client". Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  6. ^ Samuelsohn, Darren (1 February 2018). "Lawyers for Rick Gates withdraw from Russia case". Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Georgetown University Law School". Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Alums Remember Boxing". Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  9. ^ Del Quentin Wilber, Keith L. Alexander (29 May 2009). "2 Current, 3 Former Federal Prosecutors Are Finalists for U.S. Attorney for D.C." Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  10. ^ David Willman, Chris Megerian (15 July 2018). "Trump resists Mueller interview, leaving difficult decision on subpoena before fall elections". Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Singapore man extradited to D.C. in export case over roadside bombs in Iraq". Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  12. ^ "The DC Student Defense Blog". Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Singapore man extradited to US charged with illegal exports to Iran". 5 April 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  14. ^ Trish Turner, Katherine Faulders (15 August 2018). "Meet the legal team defending former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort". Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  15. ^ Hsu, Spencer (7 February 2018). "Lawyers for Rick Gates ask to leave Mueller-probe case, citing 'irreconcilable differences' with their client". Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  16. ^ "Shanlon Wu - College Student Criminal Defense Attorney". Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  17. ^ Bergon, Frank. "Boxing at Vassar". Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  18. ^ "Attorney Profile Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Washington, DC". Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  19. ^ "College Student Criminal Defense Attorney". Retrieved 10 October 2018.