Mansi J. Shah is a founding partner of Bowen, Shah, & Clements, PLLC. Her practice focuses exclusively on traffic and criminal defense for adults and juveniles. She has tried hundreds of bench and jury trials for a variety of charges, including reckless driving, DUI, drug related charges, shoplifting, sex offenses, and violent crimes.
Ms. Shah grew up in the Richmond area and earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond in 2001. She attended American University law school and while there earned the “Outstanding Student Award” for her work in the women’s clinical program.
In 2005, after graduating from law school, Ms. Shah began her career in criminal defense by joining Schertler & Onorato, PC, a small boutique law firm in Washington, D.C., practicing trial and appellate work in state and federal courts. In 2007, she joined the Alexandria Public Defender’s office where she held a heavy caseload and focused on representing indigent clients. When she and her husband moved back to Richmond in 2009, she continued her representation of the underserved community and joined the Richmond Public Defender’s office. In 2013, she opened up her own office and ran a solo practice until 2016 when she co-founded this law firm. What has motivated Ms. Shah throughout her career is her empathy towards people and desire to solve problems. She is well versed in criminal law and will defend her clients zealously and thoroughly at every stage of the case.
Community and Volunteer Engagements:
- Children’s Museum of Richmond, Chair of Nominating Committee, 2016-2017
- Tuckahoe Montessori School, Parent Teacher Board
- Friends of the Richmond Public Library, Member
- Metro Women Richmond’s Bar Association (Judicial Candidate Endorsement & Mentorship Committees)
- Virginia State Bar Criminal Section
- Richmond Criminal Bar Association
- Richmond Bar Association
- “Bringing Life to the 4th Amendment in Juvenile Court,” August 15, 2015, Indigent Defense Commission Late Day Lecture Series