About O.Shane Balloun
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). He also did policy and support engineering work for Google's advertising products.
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 maritime law program. He graduated with distinction.
He has published legal articles concerning jury trial rights in Jones Act seaman claims, the intersection of seasteading and American criminal law enforcement in admiralty as well as how the Tenth Amendment supports various states' firearms freedom acts.1 He is currently in the process of publishing an article examining how the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act interacts with domestic transportation statutes.2
O.Shane is licensed to practice in California, Washington, and Wyoming. 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, the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
O.Shane loves his family, enjoys photography, and scuba dives as a certified Divemaster.
1 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); 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); 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).
2 The Derailment of a Transport Statute: How Regal-Beloit Shipwrecked the Carmack Amendment on the Shoals of COGSA, 37 Tul. Mar. L.J. (forthcoming June 2013).