Shawn M. Swearingen

Chief Innovation Officer


Shawn Swearingen serves as Faegre Drinker’s chief innovation officer. She collaborates with the executive and operations leadership teams to keep the firm on the frontline of organizational development and emerging legal trends conducive to a culture of innovation. Harnessing the potential of technological advances, she develops, champions and leads strategic innovation initiatives related to data science and analytics, client and practice technologies, and knowledge management. Shawn supports the firm’s growth goals by helping to advance new ideas, introduce best practices and encourage design thinking across the firm.


Shawn served most recently as the firm’s senior director of technology, leading teams responsible for its intranet, document automation, project management, legal process improvement, security, infrastructure and software development. Her other roles with the firm have focused on e-discovery and research.


ITIL Foundation Certification
Certified Knowledge Manager, KM Institute
Legal Lean Sigma White Belt, LSSO

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • International Legal Technology Association — 2008-present
  • Women in eDiscovery — 2014-present
  • Women to Know — Founding Member, 2015-present 

Civic Activities

  • Saint Catherine University Friends of the Library — Executive Board, 2004−present


  • Minnesota Lawyer — Unsung Legal Hero, 2011
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