Practice Emphases

Jurisdictional contests, High conflict custody cases, Child Relocation, Criminal issues related to family law

 

Professional Experience

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 clearly and concisely.

 

Education

University of Washington School of Law

University of Oregon, Masters in American History

Wesleyan University (CT), BA in Political Science and Philosophy

 

Professional Activities

Oregon State Bar

Washington State Bar

Florida State Bar (currently inactive)

Hawaii State Bar (currently inactive)

Oregon Women Lawyers

Multnomah Bar Association

 

Community Involvement

St. Andrew’s Legal Clinic, night clinic

Neighborhood Clinic (Honolulu)

Hawaii Legal Services

GRADS Program

 

Interest

Shannon enjoys so much she likes to read about it on her off-time. She also enjoys all of the outdoor activities the Pacific Northwest has to offer, with the exception of skiing which she believes should be handled by professionals. She shares her home with one overly affectionate dog and one cat who mostly ignores her presence.