Sarah Diane McShea
Adjunct Professor of Law

Law Offices of Sarah Diane McShea
26 Broadway, 18th floor
New York,  NY  10004
Telephone: 212.679.9090
Fax: 212.683.5840


Sarah Diane McShea has practiced in the “law of lawyering” field for 30 years.  Her private practice is largely devoted to advising lawyers, law firms, government agencies and corporate law departments (and some non-lawyers) on a wide variety of legal ethics and professional practice issues. She represents lawyers in disciplinary proceedings, litigates sanctions and disqualification motions, provides risk management advice and advisory ethics opinions, and consults on partnership disputes, billing and fee issues, and law firm marketing and advertising.  She also represents bar applicants and serves as an expert witness on professional responsibility issues.

McShea is a member of the Editorial Board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct.  She is a Contributing Rules Editor for The New York Rules of Professional Conduct, edited by the NYCLA Ethics Institute, Oxford University Press (2010).  She is a Trustee of the New York State Lawyer Assistance Trust.  She is a member of the NYSBA Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct (COSAC), which proposes changes to the New York Rules of Professional Conduct.  She served as chair of the NYSBA Law Practice Continuity Committee, co-chair of the NYSBA Professional Discipline Committee, and is co-chair of the NYWBA Professional Ethics Committee.

McShea is a founding member and past President of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.  She writes and lectures regularly on legal ethics and professional practice issues.  McShea has taught professional responsibility as an adjunct professor at Columbia University School of Law, St. John’s University School of Law, and Brooklyn Law School.  She served as Deputy Chief Counsel (1986-1989) and staff counsel (1980-1986) to the Departmental Disciplinary Committee, Appellate Division, First Department, and Chief of the Public Corruption Bureau, Kings County District Attorney’s Office (1990-1993). She is a graduate of Yale College (1975) and Boston University School of Law (1979).