Jump To Navigation

William R. Shaw

William R. Shaw

Senior Counsel
Ithaca, New York

Bill Shaw brings a unique blend of public service and over 40 years of private practice of law to his clients. He offers civil and criminal litigation experience along with practical and extensive advice and counsel in commercial transactions, business, and personal legal affairs.

Bill Shaw was born and raised in Ithaca, New York and resides with his wife in nearby Trumansburg, New York. His education includes an Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctorate degrees from Cornell in government, public administration, and law, respectively.

He is a member of the Tompkins County and New York State Bar Associations, as well as a former member of the American Trial Lawyers Association and other professional organizations.

Bill Shaw concluded a decade of public service in Washington D.C., and his home community with a term as Mayor of the City of Ithaca in 1982-83.  He continued to be active in local and regional affairs.  More recently, he served as a Town Justice in Seneca County, part-time.

Bill Shaw is admitted to practice in all New York State Courts and its Federal District Courts. He served as a Federal Court Mediator for the Northern District of New York.  He also served as a Hearing Examiner for the NYSOC&FS.  He has appeared in County Courts, NYS Supreme Court, and Appellate Divisions.  He has conducted trials in state court, federal court and the NYS Court of Claims.

Mr. Shaw has handled real estate matters involving single lots and large subdivisions, and residential and commercial transactions of six, seven, and eight figures.  He has developed a unique filed of law representing dozens of fraternities, sororities and not-for-profit organizations throughout Central New York.

Mr. Shaw's background and experience in personnel and employment law for over forty years includes the complex field of Employment Discrimination. He has appeared before the NYS Division of Human Rights, USEEOC, State and Federal Courts. Clients and court appointments in this field have come from Syracuse, Binghamton, Auburn, Albany and Elmira.

Bill Shaw relies on his training and experience with up-to-date computer software to expedite research and preparation of legal papers, as well as to communicate with clients, adversaries and courts.  

Areas of Practice

  • Business Organization and Advice
  • Commercial and Residential Real Estate
  • Criminal Defense
  • Employment Discrimination, Terminations & Litigation
  • Estate Planning and Administration
  • Federal Court Litigation
  • Greek Life & Not For Profit Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 25% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 1995


  • Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York
    • J.D. - 1973
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
    • M.P.A. - 1973
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
    • B.A. - 1969
    • Major: Government & History

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association, Member
  • Tompkins County Bar Association, Member
  • Seneca County & NYS Magistrates Association , Member
  • Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, Founding Director & Former Officer
  • Justice Foundation, Trustee/Officer
  • Multiple Community Boards & Organizations
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Former Member

Do You Have a Case?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Contact Us

Shaw & Murphy Law Firm

Ithaca Office
The Frontenac Building
109 East Seneca St
Ithaca, New York 14850
Phone: (607) 273-2900
Fax: (607) 273-2933
E-mail: [email protected]

Groton Office
170 Main Street
Groton, NY 13070
Phone: (607) 898-3190
Fax: (607) 898-3765
E-mail: [email protected]