Shawn was admitted to the California State Bar in 1993 after completing his Bachelor of Sciences Degree at California State University, Long Beach and his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He has also maintained a California Real Estate Broker license since 1994.
Shawn was born as number seven of eight children in a strong Catholic family in Lakewood, California. Growing up, the family business was construction so he worked in residential and commercial construction in various capacities during his high school and college years. He met his associates, Loren and Kathleen Castro while they were students at Loyola Law School in 1990. Their friendship and professional association has spanned some twenty-five years.
After law school, he worked at several firms as an associate attorney specializing in Real Estate and Business litigation. This lead to a move into real estate and mortgage finance with several prominent companies as well as running his own real estate and mortgage company from 2000 to 2007. This period also presented more entrepreneurial projects and spawned his intense interest in personal development, success coaching and mentorship. He is a passionate advocate of entrepreneurship and financial education for a stronger America.
Shawn has been married to his high school sweetheart Catherine for 21 years and they have a 13 year old daughter. Catherine has also worked as an attorney, teacher and entrepreneur. They have resided in Yorba Linda for the last twelve years.