Tom Shanahan is a civil rights attorney in private practice in New York, New Jersey and Florida. Tom specializes in LGBT legal issues and has litigated numerous precedent setting legal cases on behalf of our community including: a successful jury verdict involving three transgendered individuals against Toys R Us; a Supreme Court decision expanding domestic partner benefits to all employees of the MTA; representing gay students at Seton Hall University to facilitate their efforts to establish an LGBT student organization; and, representing numerous LGBT Nightlife venues against selective enforcement by the City of New York, most recently Chi Chiz Bar on Christopher Street. Tom has also owed nightlife venues including Evolve Bar and Lounge on the Upper East Side. Tom and current New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have co-counseled on numerous public policy litigations including successfully opposing the "Jets/Westside Stadium" and in May 2003, successfully suing the MTA for having "two sets of books" resulting in an order of the Supreme Court "rolling back" the proposed subway and bus fare increase. In addition to his law practice, Tom is active in the community and is a member of, and provided pro bono legal assistance to, numerous community and good government groups including NYPIRG, the Straphanger Campaign, Common Cause, the Skyscraper Safety Campaign and Coalition for a New Village Hospital. Tom has also worked in government serving as Deputy Commissioner at the New York State Division of Human Rights under Governors Spitzer and Paterson, as an aide to former Public Advocate Mark Green, and as a press-aide to former Mayor David Dinkins.