Shannon was born in Thomasville, Georgia and moved to the Midwest shortly after. After living mostly in Indiana and Illinois, he enlisted in the United States Army from Chicago, Illinois in 2005. Shannon was stationed in Ft. Riley, Kansas for his entire active-duty service, and was deployed to Kirkuk, Iraq from February 2007- May 2008. Upon his return from Iraq, and completion of his active duty commitment in 2009, Shannon moved to Kansas City, MO in August of 2009 to attend college on the G.I. Bill.
Shannon enrolled in the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2010, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in 2013, shortly after graduation, Shannon was accepted to and enrolled in the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in the Fall of 2013. While at UMKC Law, Shannon participated in the Midwest Innocence Project Clinic over 2 separate school years, working on a case to exonerate the wrongfully convicted. After his experience working with Midwest Innocence Project, Shannon decided to intern at the Missouri State Public Defender.
While interning with the state public defender, Shannon recognized the inequities in the criminal justice system—especially as it relates to the indigent clients of Missouri and the accused in general. After graduation and admission to the Missouri Bar, Shannon chose to continue representing indigent clients and was hired by the Missouri State Public Defender, where he represented hundreds of clients, mostly on felony cases, over his first nearly three years. Shannon participated in numerous jury trials and gained valuable experience on nearly every type of criminal case from misdemeanors up to A felonies. It is Shannon’s experiences with both the Midwest Innocence Project and the Missouri State Public Defender that sparked his passion for criminal defense and aggressively fighting the inequities faced by those who are accused of anything from a traffic violation to murder. Shannon is dedicated and invested in his clients and their cases, and works tirelessly to get a great result for all.
Missouri State Bar - 2016
J.D. - University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law - 2016
B.A. - University of Missouri-Kansas City, Magna Cum Laude - 2013
United States Army - 2005-2009
Kansas C9-10 Jury Trials (both 1st and 2nd chair)
Felony Jury Trial Acquittals
5 count A felony and unclassified felony case dismissed
9 count B felony and unclassified felony case reduced to 1 count misdemeanor, credit time served
Numerous felony cases dismissed
Numerous felony cases reduced to misdemeanors.
Negotiated hundreds of felony and misdemeanor cases down to achieve excellent results, the majority ending up with some type of probation, dismissal or counts dismissed