Jurisdictional Contests, High Conflict Custody, Child Relocation, Criminal Issues Related to Family Law
Shannon grew-up in Oregon and graduated from University of Washington School of Law in 2005. Shannon worked as a Special Prosecuting Attorney in Hawaii, handling misdemeanor and felony domestic violence cases, as well as juvenile sex assaults.
After leaving the prosecutor’s office for a family law firm in Honolulu, she continued her work as a strong advocate for children and families. Shannon worked on numerous cases representing service members stationed in Hawaii and their dependents. She focused in particular on cases with jurisdictional issues related to changes of duty stations, deployments and conflicting orders from different states (as well as the occasional international orders). After a short move to Florida for family, she continued work as a prosecutor before happily returning to Oregon. She maintains a law license in Florida, Hawai’i, Oregon, and Washington.
Shannon brings each of her cases the edge of a former prosecutor and the compassion of a long-time advocate. She has been complimented by clients and courts for her ability to present complicated legal and factual issues both clearly and concisely.
Seattle, WA · J.D. 2005
Portland, OR · Masters in American History, 2002
Middelton, CT, BA in Political Science and Philosophy, 1998
Shannon is a member of the Oregon State, Washington State, and Multnomah Bar associations. She spends her time participating in Oregon Women Lawyers events following the mission to transform the practice of law and ensuring justice and equality by advancing women and minorities in the legal profession. Shannon has also had memberships in Florida and Hawai’i State Bar Associations but is currently inactive.
Shannon serves at St. Andrew’s Legal Clinic, a local public interest law firm helping low-income families solve family crises without the means to hire a private attorney. In addition, she participates in volunteering besides a local GRADS Program – standing for graduation, reality, and dual-role skills for the benefit of pregnant and parenting teens. She helps build skills and relationships with those in attendance in hopes of success, and graduation. Earlier in her career, Shannon’s attention to her community and love for family law found resonance in Honolulu Family Clinic and Hawaii Legal Services in Kauai. She remembers the complexity of the cases and time spent in Hawai’i fondly and believes she will always find a place to immerse herself in the practice of family law – no matter what state she is in.