o.shane@ballounlaw.com

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Bellingham, Washington 98225

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  • Start-up Law
  • High Tech Business & Commercial
  • Outside General Counsel
  • Admiralty & Maritime
  • Intellectual Property
  • Negotiation
  • General Practice

State: Licensed in California, Washington, Wyoming, Colorado, and North Dakota.

Federal: Admitted to all U.S. District Courts in California, the Western District of Washington, the Districts of Wyoming and Colorado, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

  • LL.M. in Admiralty with distinction, former Maritime Law Fellow, Tulane University Law School
  • J.D. with honor, University of Wyoming College of Law (Order of the Coif)
  • A.B., Mathematics, Cornell University (Dean's Scholar)

O.Shane Balloun grew up all over the United States before his family settled in Bellingham, Washington. He attended Cornell University as a Dean's Scholar, graduating with an A.B. in Mathematics.

After college, he worked in high tech in Silicon Valley, enjoying a stint in the hard disk drive industry before beginning work at Google. While at Google, O.Shane had the pleasure of serving on teams that launched Gmail and Google Product Search (formerly Froogle).

After Google, O.Shane earned his J.D. with honor from the University of Wyoming, graduating in the top 3% of his class and garnering induction into the Order of the Coif. He also holds an LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Admiralty from Tulane University Law School, the world's top admiralty law program. He graduated with distinction.

He has published articles about the interaction of the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act with domestic inland transportation statutes,1 the defendant's jury trial rights in Jones Act seaman claims,2 and the intersection of seasteading and American criminal law enforcement in admiralty.3 O.Shane has also written an article about how the Tenth Amendment supports various states' firearms freedom acts.4

O.Shane is licensed to practice in California and Washington. He is also admitted to practice in all United States District Courts in California, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

O.Shane loves his family, enjoys strategy games and photography, and scuba dives as a certified Divemaster.

1 The Derailment of a Transport Statute: How Regal-Beloit Shipwrecked the Carmack Amendment on the Shoals of COGSA, 37 Tul. Mar. L.J. 379 (2013).

2 The Defendant's Right to Jury Trial in Jones Act Cases: Washington State's Endicott Opinion Invites Much Needed Supreme Court Review, 9 Seton Hall Cir. Rev. 1 (2012).

3 The True Obstacle to the Autonomy of Seasteads: American Law Enforcement Jurisdiction over Homesteads on the High Seas, 24 U.S.F. Mar. L.J. 409 (2012).

4 Comment, The Disarming Nature of the Wyoming Firearms Freedom Act: A Constitutional Analysis of Wyoming's Interposition Between Its Citizens and the Federal Government, 11 Wyo. L. Rev. 201 (2011).