Shane A. Taylor
Shane was raised in Birmingham, Alabama. At 17, he enlisted in the Army where he served with the 1st Infantry Division. After leaving the military, he worked as a police officer for the Birmingham Police Department for over 10 years. Shane attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He then attended the Cumberland School of Law where he served on the American Journal of Trial Advocacy as a Senior Associate Editor.
Shane is the author of Up In Smoke: Online Privacy Becomes The Latest Casualty In The War On Drugs, published in the American Journal of Trial Advocacy.
He is a founding member and past President of the Mobile Criminal Defense Lawyers Association where he currently serves on the board of directors.
Shane regularly practices in all Alabama and Mississippi state courts as well as in the Federal Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of Alabama as well as the Federal Courts for the State of Mississippi.
Shane currently lives on the Eastern Shore.
Mary Kristen Galanos
Mary Kristen is a Mobile native. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her law degree from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where she was an active member of the Criminal Law Society and received the American Jurisprudence Award for Public Speaking. Mary Kristen began her career as a prosecutor for the State of New York in the Queens County District Attorney’s Office.
As an Assistant District Attorney, she handled hundreds of criminal cases from arraignment through trial and sentencing. After serving three years in the District Attorney’s Office, Mary Kristen returned home to be closer to family. She was a law clerk to the Honorable Ben H. Brooks in Mobile County Circuit Court and later joined The E.J. Saad Law Firm to manage its’ asbestos department.
Mary Kristen traveled the country as a tireless advocate for injured workers, pursuing compensation on their behalf. She has always had an interest in family law and served as a Guardian ad Litem in Mobile County Juvenile Court for the past two years. She is licensed to practice law in New York and Alabama.
When she’s not working, Mary Kristen enjoys spending time with her husband, Jack and their five children. She is an avid exerciser and has completed an Olympic Triathlon. She enjoys taking advantage of all the Gulf Coast has to offer and being an active member of the community.
Leanne M. Jackson
Leanne M. Jackson was raised in Anniston, Alabama. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and her law degree from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama. While attending Cumberland School of Law, she received the Certificate of Trial Advocacy. She began her career as a law clerk for the Honorable Circuit Judge Dennis E. O’Dell for the 23rd Judicial Circuit in Huntsville, Alabama. While working as a judicial law clerk, she worked on hundreds of criminal, civil, and domestic cases.
After serving her one year term as a judicial law clerk, she worked for the Escambia County Public Defender’s Office as an Assistant Public Defender. In this position, she worked on Juvenile, District, and Circuit criminal cases from first appearance all the way through trial. She carried a large and extensive caseload of a wide variety of cases from felony murder to misdemeanor harassment.
After serving over four years in the Escambia County Public Defender’s Office, she moved to Mobile, Alabama, and began working as an associate attorney with Shane A. Taylor & Associates, P.C.
When not working tirelessly for her clients, she enjoys volunteering with Junior League of Mobile, listening to podcasts, and running.
Abby is our head of paralegal operations. She was born and raised in Hartfordshire, UK. Her duties include overseeing all aspects of discovery and trial preparations in our criminal defense and family law divisions.