A highly successful litigator and a fierce advocate for his clients, Shavar Jeffries brings
integrity, courage, and uncommon insight to his complex-litigation and white collar criminal
defense work for his firm, Lowenstein. Shavar serves on One Love’s Board of Advisors.
Before Shavar joined Lowenstein he was an Associate Professor of Law at Seton Hall Law
School’s Center for Social Justice; counsel to New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram;
counsel to the firm and Deputy Director of the Gibbons Fellowship in Public Interest and
Constitutional Litigation at Gibbons P.C.; a clerk for Nathaniel R. Jones, a judge on the
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; and an associate at Wilmer Cutler &
Pickering, where he defended the University of Michigan in affirmative-action litigation.
A native of Newark, New Jersey, Shavar has been extensively involved in the Newark community. He was the founding Board President of TEAM Academy Charter School and Board President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark. He was elected Board President of the Newark Public Schools Advisory Board. Shavar ran as a candidate for Newark mayor in 2014, in a campaign that attracted national attention.
Shavar established The Donna Johnson Memorial Scholarship – founded in memory of his
incredible mother who was a victim of domestic violence. As a way to honor her spirit and
legacy of love and service, this scholarship supports the educational development of a
young person who has experienced the loss of a parent, guardian, or loved one because of
domestic violence, or whose life has otherwise been touched by violence against women.
He established the Donna Johnson Memorial Scholarship in hopes of ensuring that other
young people have the same opportunities he was given – turning his personal tragedy into
a brighter future.