Homegrown in Gorham, Maine, Laura returned to small town life after completing her undergraduate degree at Fordham University in NYC and spending a year in Mendoza, Argentina, where she became fluent in Spanish. No stranger to hard work, Laura was raised in an enterprising construction family where she learned much about the key to success from her father Jon Shaw, owner of one of the largest earthwork contractors in the State.
Fortunately for her clients, Laura brought the drive she inherited from her father to her study of law. After attending the University of Maine Law School and graduating first in her class, Laura was tapped to clerk for the Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Court, Honorable Leigh I. Saufley. Much of her attention during her law school education was focused on the complex practice of immigration law – for which she received multiple awards – and 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.
Lucky for us, Laura brought her impressive talents and unique experience to Camden and we’ve been learning from her ever since. Her diverse background and experiences and her ability to solve unique legal problems put her at the top of the list for anyone requiring legal help with employment or individual based immigration matters. Drawing from her experience clerking with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, Laura also specializes in appellate law and offers aggressive appellate representation to clients in all case types.
Outside of the office, in 2019, Laura was selected to participate in the Maine State Bar Association’s Leadership Academy, a selective program for emerging leaders in the law in Maine and is a grader for the Maine Bar Examination. She coached the Fall 2018 season of the Camden Hills Regional High School Mock Trial Team and in Spring 2019 took over as Board President of Rockland’s Penobscot Language School. Laura is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Maine State Bar Association.
When she isn’t working about 10,000 hours a week, Laura enjoys traveling, learning about other languages, running, yoga, good books (ask anyone in her book club!), and hanging out with her two cats.