Tom Shanahan is a personal trainer, weight management and sports nutrition consultant with certifications from the American Aerobics Association International and the International Sports Medicine Association. He is also certified as a health coach by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York and as a meeting facilitator for Yoga of Twelve-Step Recovery (Y12SR). For the last two decades, Tom has served in government as well as a private sector attorney specializing in civil rights litigation, serving as an advisor to New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins, Public Advocate Mark Green, and as a high-level policy advisor to two New York State Governors. As an attorney, Tom was among the early pioneers to litigate transgender rights cases. He was the first to take a transgender civil rights case to a successful jury verdict in federal court. He has been an outspoken advocate for the rights of parents in custody litigation and has specialized in working with victims of domestic violence involved in custody litigation. He has numerous precedent setting cases in the areas of LGBT rights, child custody and public policy. In addition to his client work, Tom organizes a pro bono community legal clinic to provide free legal services to the residents of the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in Manhattan.