About Shaun

My name is Shaun Pollenz and Wake County has been my home since my family moved here in 1988, when I was 5 years old. I attended Wake County’s public schools for 13 years until I graduated from Leesville Road High School in 2001.  My preparation here in Wake County helped me double major in political science and economics at American University in Washington, D.C., and earn my law degree from Chapman University in Orange, California.

I chose to move back to Wake County in 2013 after law school and took a job working at a small law firm.  I currently work for myself and practice criminal law, provide litigation support to larger law firms, and occasionally represent investors in FINRA arbitrations when their financial advisors get funny with the money.   Helping investors recover after losing their life savings has been my most rewarding legal experience to date.  I also enjoy my pro bono work, most recently representing 2 dozen BLM protesters and getting their charges dismissed.

I currently live in East Raleigh with my dog Bill and my two cats, Sookie and Toeby.  My animal family and I are chasing the American Dream like so many fellow Wake County residents, hoping to become first time homeowners by the end of the year.  In my spare time, I like to hang out with my dog, find a quiet place to read a book, and search the world for the greatest bowl of fried rice.

I am a current member of the NC Democratic Party State Executive Committee, former Treasurer of the Wake County Young Democrats, and an active member of precinct 13-10.  I have also volunteered locally at the Wake County Animal Shelter and served on the Board of Directors for the Capital City Clauses (a Christmas-themed charity benefitting Wake County children).  You can sometimes find me at a Wake County School Board meeting, advocating for great teachers like my mom.