CSU General Counsel

Shawna McKeever

Shawna McKeever joined the California State University's Office of General Counsel in February 2019. Shawna is University Counsel for CSU East Bay and a member of the Business and Finance Team. She also serves as a resource attorney for advising on contracts, bonds, and land records. Before joining the CSU, Shawna was a litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where she practiced for twenty years representing clients in a broad range of complex commercial cases in federal and state courts as well as before arbitration panels. At Kirkland, Shawna's practice focused on commercial contracts, business torts, intellectual property, and federal securities laws. Shawna has extensive experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including pre-filing investigations, discovery, motions practice, trials, post-trial practice, and appeals. Shawna is admitted to the California bar, all federal districts in California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law (1998), Magna Cum Laude and Order of the Coif
    • Dean's Outstanding Scholar 1995-1998
    • Executive Editor, University of San Diego Law Review
  • B.A., Political Science, UCLA (1994), Magna Cum Laude


  • Spanish (fluent)

Telephone No. (562) 951-4391
Fax No. (562) 951-4965
E-mail Address: smckeever@calstate.edu

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Last Updated: February 26, 2019