Shannon is that rare combination of active, outdoors type and studious intellectual. Though she spends much of her free time running and cycling along the wooded trails of Virginia, she equally enjoys the adventure of using the law to get justice for Spiggle Law clients. She is licensed in Virginia, D.C., and Illinois.
Shannon grew up on a small farm outside Vancouver, British Columbia, where her family raised crops and livestock such as sheep, chickens, and an occasional beef steer. She was a proud 4-H club member and spent many summers camping in B.C.’s provincial parks.
Today, while the only crops Shannon tends are drought-resistant houseplants, she still gets out into nature whenever she can. Much of her time outdoors is spent training for endurance triathlon and running events. She finished Ironman Maryland and Ironman Canada near the top of her age group, and she is excited to run her first Boston Marathon after qualifying in Richmond in 2014 and 2015. The grit and determination she developed to win athletic races also help her dig into legal challenges and win justice for her clients.
Shannon’s academic studies began at the University of British Columbia, where she majored in English Language and minored in French Literature. In 2011, she graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law with honors and a Certificate in Environmental and Energy Law. She won a merit scholarship each year, and two CALI awards for achieving the highest grade in a class. She also earned a Certificate of Public Service for helping people without representation get access to legal resources.
Before joining the Spiggle Law team, Shannon worked as a staff attorney at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where she represented corporate clients in antitrust investigations and securities litigations. She has experience in a variety of government offices, including work as an extern for Federal Magistrate Judge Susan E. Cox and a labor law clerk at the Chicago Board of Education.
Since arriving in D.C. in 2012, Shannon has found time to give back to the community. She worked as a fellow in U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal’s office, where she organized the launch of the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking. She also worked with D.C. Earned Income Tax Credit campaign, helping people fill out their tax returns and claim credits, and the D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project, serving as counsel for survivors of domestic abuse and petitioning the court for civil protection orders. These days, she serves as a co-chair on the Mentoring Committee of the Women’s Bar Association, where she organizes programs to help match women lawyers with mentors.
Around the office, what people value most are Shannon’s work ethic, her can-do attitude, and her persuasive legal writing skill – which our clients appreciate as well.
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