After graduating from Central High School in Grand Forks, North Dakota, in 1966, Duane Shinnick enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1970. After working as an engineer for a year, he enrolled at the University of Chicago Law School and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, earning a Juris Doctor degree in 1974 and a Master of Business Administration degree in 1974.
From 1974 to 1986, he was a Deputy District Attorney in San Diego, prosecuting a full range of criminal and civil cases. He tried over 100 jury trials, had a 100% felony trial conviction rate, became the youngest Deputy DA assigned to the Major Violator Unit to prosecute career criminals, and was elected by his fellow prosecutors as President of the Deputy District Attorneys Association. He has served as a Faculty Member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, as a Visiting Fellow at the University of San Diego School of Law, on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Legal Aid Society and as an original member of the City of San Diego Human Relations Commission.
In 1986, Duane left the District Attorneys Office and ever since then has exclusively handled construction cases on behalf of homeowners and homeowner associations. He has represented more than 10,000 homeowners and more than 100 homeowner associations in construction defect cases against large developers and contractors.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1970 – S.B. Chemical Engineering
University of Chicago Law School, 1974 – J.D.
University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, 1974 – M.B.A.
State Bar of California, 1974
State Bar of Nevada, 1999
State Bar of Colorado, 2000
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