Laura P. Shaw

Photo by Patrisha McLean

Homegrown in Gorham, Maine, Laura spent her formative years experiencing rural Maine and all it has to offer. Wanting a taste of the city life, she completed a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Spanish at Fordham University in NYC and spent one year studying abroad in Argentina. Her experiences in and outside of Maine sparked an interest in human rights and immigration law, both of which have been common threads of her professional endeavors.  

After attending the University of Maine School of Law and graduating first in her class, Laura went on to clerk for the former Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Court.  Much of her attention during her education was focused on immigration law – for which she received multiple awards – however, we’ve yet to see a legal problem Laura can’t solve.  Her ability to read at superhuman speeds and pick out relevant details and mistakes both inspires and terrifies the rest of the office.  On top of that, her briefs and memoranda are, for all intents and purposes, perfect – seriously, she’s received multiple awards for her legal writing as well.   

Luckily for us, Laura brought her impressive talents and unique experience to Camden and we’ve been learning from her ever since.  Laura began practicing in Camden in 2016 and since that time, she has had what can only be described as a “general” practice, handling matters in the areas of immigration law, criminal law, complex civil litigation, personal injury law, appellate law, and more.  Regardless of the case type, she consistently acts as a formidable advocate for her clients, seeking justice at every step of the way. Laura is also the legal studies coordinator of a fellowship program directed by the University of Maine and State Forensic Service where she teaches case law to future forensic psychologists. 

As of September 2023, Laura is completing a Masters in Law (LLM) degree in International Human Rights Law at the Geneva Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland. She feels strongly about maintaining a connection the Midcoast, which now feels like home, and will serve as of counsel to DLG, assisting where needed with complex and urgent matters.  When she isn’t working about 10,000 hours a week, Laura enjoys traveling, hiking, yoga, good books (ask anyone in her book club!), and hanging out with her husband and two cats.