Shawn P. Tucker

Partner Wilmington
Phone: (302) 467-4242
Fax: (302) 467-4201


Shawn P. Tucker has extensive experience in zoning and subdivision law, litigation, government procurement and regulatory matters. He is a former Delaware Deputy Attorney General.

Prior to joining the firm, Shawn served as the attorney for New Castle County in charge of all land use and related litigation. Shawn was one of the principal authors of New Castle County’s new zoning and subdivision code, the Unified Development Code (UDC), which contains all of the county's new regulations related to the zoning and subdivision of property.

Shortly after the UDC was enacted, Shawn was tapped to lead New Castle County's Land Use Department, responsible for regulating all land use matters, including applications related to rezonings, subdivisions, building permits, variances, special uses, conditional uses, building permits, storm-water and erosion control, Historic Review Board, traffic impact study waivers, assessment appeals, and code enforcement. As general manager of the Department of Land Use, Shawn was also responsible for inter-governmental coordination on land use matters with the State of Delaware, Kent County, Sussex County and local municipalities, advising the executive branch and County Council regarding land use matters and providing land use recommendations to the Planning Board, Board of Adjustment, Historic Review Board and the RPA Technical Advisory Committee.

Prior to becoming the land use general manager, Shawn handled all land use related matters and related litigation for New Castle County while he served as a first assistant county attorney. Shawn has handled over one hundred trials since his legal career began in 1995 with the Department of Justice in Delaware.

Shawn is a former judicial clerk to the Hon. Richard R. Cooch, resident judge of New Castle County for the Superior Court of the State of Delaware.


Trial Advocacy Honor Society, Widener University School of Law

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Bar Admissions

  • Delaware


  • Widener University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Delaware, B.S.

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Delaware