Shannon regularly assists clients with Early Dispute Resolution (EDR). She helps clients effectively evaluate their strengths and risks to resolve disputes early, often before lawsuits are filed. Shannon also advises business clients on how to implement and manage their own internal EDR program. Clients often consult Shannon for advice on how to better conduct their own negotiations. In addition, Shannon is a DRC Certified Superior Court Mediator and a member of the Panel of Neutrals for the American Arbitration Association and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution.
An accomplished and experienced business litigator, Shannon’s work includes trying cases to jury verdict and arguing complex motions. Before serving as a judge, she was in private practice for more than a decade with a large regional law firm where she focused on matters involving commercial disputes and business law, including business torts, contracts, unfair trade and anti-competition, intellectual property, trade secrets, products liability, and employment. She has years of experience litigating multi-party cases, and with directing and managing e-discovery to control costs and strategically pursue case-specific goals.
In addition to representing clients in trial, Shannon serves as a trial consultant for both lawyers and clients when a case must be tried, particularly for jury trials. She has enjoyed a vibrant state court appellate practice, including multiple appearances before the NC Court of Appeals and NC Supreme Court. Shannon also advises clients and lawyers on issue preservation so that an adverse result may be successfully appealed or challenged in post-trial motions.
Shannon’s considerable experience as a lawyer is immeasurably informed by her judicial service. As a Superior Court Judge, Shannon presided over civil and criminal court in more than 30 counties, including 100+ jury trials. She decided hundreds of civil motions in every manner of case and was designated by the North Carolina Chief Justice to preside over multiple “exceptional” cases, including complex commercial matters. During her tenure as an Administrative Law Judge, Shannon adjudicated contested cases between private parties and state agencies, including disputes related to licensing, public employment, and tax issues.
Shannon now brings all of this experience and perspective to the table for clients of Morningstar Law Group to find the best path forward.
Look both ways. Look again.
In addition, Shannon frequently made educational presentations at the NC Superior Court Judges Conference on topics such as rules of evidence, tort reform, and civil procedure and evidence.