Legal Experience That Stands Out
Prior to joining the firm, Shanna clerked with the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in both the Criminal and Civil Divisions. She was assigned to the Hon. Ricardo C. Jackson and the Hon. Norman Ackerman in the Complex Litigation Center. She also clerked for the judges presiding over Motions Court and Discovery Court in the First Judicial District.
While earning her J.D. from Widener University School of Law, Shanna interned with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office in the Narcotics Unit and was a member of Widener’s Women’s Law Caucus. She completed Widener’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program. In 2019, Shanna was selected by the Hon. Christopher C. Conner, Chief Judge of the Unites States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, to serve as a mediator on the Middle District of Pennsylvania’s Certified Mediation Panel.
In 2006, Shanna earned the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Leadership Award for her fundraising efforts. She is an active member of the Lackawanna County Bar Association. Shanna also serves on the Board of Directors for the Voluntary Action Center’s Northeastern Chapter.
- As counsel for a million-dollar corporation in commercial transaction litigation as well as land use issues, Shanna obtained a favorable outcome in a matter involving an asserted de facto condemnation arising from the reconfiguration of a highway interchange and associated roadways affecting the corporation’s property.
- As defense counsel for multiple municipal entities, Shanna effectively defended federal civil rights matters and employment litigation, with a concentration on discrimination claims brought pursuant to Section 1983 of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.
- As plaintiffs’ counsel, Shanna successfully litigated at trial claims regarding institutional abuse of a minor.
- As defense counsel for a multimillion-dollar construction company, Shanna obtained a dismissal from a lawsuit venued in Philadelphia County in a matter involving a fatality.