Shannon O’Connor focuses her practice on municipal and governmental liability, professional liability, general liability, and matters involving employment and labor.
She defends clients in a range of matters in both federal and state court, and has taken nearly 10 trials to verdict in the Northern District of New York on Section 1983 civil rights matters and Title VII employment discrimination cases.
She also has significant appellate experience, and has submitted several briefs to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Shannon has extensive experience representing both public and private clients before state and federal administrative agencies, and counsels and represents a wide variety of employers on matters including age discrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and New York State Human Rights Law, and other state and federal statutes.
She has handled numerous claims before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR), securing findings of no probable cause of discrimination. She has also represented property owners and municipal housing authorities before DHR and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in claims alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act, securing findings of no probable cause.
Shannon also counsels governments and municipal entities on a wide variety of employment and labor and other liability matters. Her experience here includes drafting a body camera policy for the police department of the city of Troy, New York.
In 2016 and after a rigorous application process that included peer review and a written examination, Shannon was named a Local Government Fellow of the prestigious International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA), a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. that serves as a legal resource for local government attorneys. The IMLA Fellows program recognizes highly skilled attorneys practicing in the field of local government law. Shannon also serves as IMLA’s New York State Co-Chair.
Before entering private practice, Shannon served for several years as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Syracuse, where she represented the city and its officials in a wide variety of litigation, in administrative proceedings before New York State agencies such as the Department of Environmental Conservation, and in nuisance abatement proceedings for problem properties.
She also provided advice and recommendations to the City of Syracuse Police Department on its policies and procedures related to officer training and the use of force, including drafting a new taser use policy, and drafted legal opinions on various issues for city departments, including the mayor’s office.
Shannon was the recipient of the 2011 appreciation award from the City of Syracuse Neighborhood Watch Association for pursuing slumlords and improving the city’s legal enforcement of persistent problem property owners.
As a law clerk for Onondaga County’s District Attorney’s office, Shannon conducted research in preparation for the Assistant DA’s upcoming trials and researched and drafted a detailed response brief to be submitted to the Fourth Department.
Shannon was an Executive Board Member of the Moot Court Honor Society at Syracuse University College of Law, where she earned her J.D. in 2010. She was also a semi-finalist in the Spring 2009 Mackenzie-Lewis Appellate Advocacy Competition.
- Fellow, International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA); New York State Co-Chair, 2016-2017
- New York State Bar Association
- New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
- Central New York Women’s Bar Association
- Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York
- Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association
- Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 2010
- State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., 2001
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