Shannon advises telecom and energy companies on a full range of regulatory issues across the nation. She has a national practice counseling telecommunications cooperatives and rural electric cooperatives regarding the commercial and regulatory challenges of providing broadband service. Shannon also counsels companies, cooperatives, municipally owned carriers, and trade associations on the negotiation of commercial contracts involving complex and contentious issues of regulation, litigation, business, and technology law.

Broadband Providers

Shannon advises on a full range of complex regulatory and litigation matters, including the protection of customer proprietary network information (CPNI), Connect America Fund compliance, and telecommunications service obligations. She has represented her clients before both state and federal regulatory bodies and courts. Shannon regularly navigates the maze of laws and regulations impacting telephone and broadband providers. Her past successes include negotiation of consumer complaints, withdrawal from regulated businesses, and participation in state and federal grant programs.

Transactional Expertise

Shannon couples decades of telecommunications experience with her transactional and M&A practice. Shannon offers a practical approach to assessing strategic opportunities available to her telecom clients. She has taken lead on the acquisition of telecom companies, cable franchises, and wireless assets. She has also led client teams in the divestiture of wireless assets including customers, spectrum, and tower assets. Clients value the depth of the regulatory expertise on both the state and federal level that Shannon brings to her transactional and M&A work. Shannon advises broadband providers on carrier agreements, interconnection agreements, space and power agreements, tribal law issues, indefeasible right of use (IRU) agreements, and related legal and business issues.

Data Protection, Privacy, and Cybersecurity

Shannon advises businesses on data protection, privacy, and cybersecurity issues, including information security, risk assessment, response planning, and asset inventories as well as liability and regulatory compliance issues. Shannon serves on the incident response teams for several clients. She also advises clients on the compliance obligations, including notification of employees, customers, and law enforcement related to data breach incidents. Shannon also negotiates insurance coverage for cyber breach situations.

Alaska

Shannon has deep experience counseling Alaska companies and companies exploring business opportunities in Alaska. She has practiced before Alaska regulatory agencies and courts since 2004. Shannon has managed complex issues related to native sovereignty while practicing in Alaska.

Professional Leadership

Shannon was appointed by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton to the Governor's Task Force on Broadband on June 1, 2015. The current Task Force expired when a Governor Walz was elected. The Task Force developed policies to promote the expansion of broadband access throughout Minnesota. It was responsible for developing an action plan to identify and correct disparities in access and adoption of broadband in all Minnesota communities, with the goal of ensuring that homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses have access to the technology and information resources they need.

Shannon currently serves as the Chair of the Communications Law Section of the Minnesota Bar Association. She organizes monthly continuing legal education lunches and an annual Regional Forum.

Credentials

Education

The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, Washington, D.C., J.D.; cum laude; senior articles editor, CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Policy; member, Institute of Communications Law 

University of Iowa, M.A., Journalism and Mass Communications 

University of Iowa, B.A.

 

Certifications / Specialties

  • Cybersecurity and Privacy Law Certificate, Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • Alaska
  • Michigan

Honors & Recognitions

MSBA North Star Lawyer (2012-2017)

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, 600 Nicollet Mall #380, Minneapolis, MN, 06.21.2019
  • Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403, 03.19.2019
  • MSBA Office, 600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 11.30.2018
  • Presentation to a client and its staff, 11.20.2018
  • Minnesota CLE Live Webcast, 08.03.2018
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Communications Law Section 2018 Annual Communications Law Forum, Glacial Lakes Room, Minnesota State Bar Association, 600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 06.14.2018
  • Net Neutrality in the Broadband Age
    Society of Broadcast Engineers Minnesota Chapter Membership Meeting, Pavek Museum, 3517 Raleigh Avenue, St. Louis Park, MN, 05.29.2018
  • UTC Telecom & Technology Conference 2018, Palm Springs Convention Center, 277 North Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262, 05.10.2018
  • 2018 Minnesota Telecom Alliance Annual Convention and Trade Show, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN, 03.26.2018
  • 2018 Minnesota Telecom Alliance Annual Convention and Trade Show, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN, 03.26.2018
  • Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology's 2018 Symposium on The Legal Landscape of the Internet of Things!, University of Minnesota Law School, Room 25, 229 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455, 03.02.2018
  • 2018 Telco Marketing Peer Group Winter Conference, Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington, 3900 American Boulevard West, Bloomington, MN 55437, 02.23.2018
  • Border to Border Broadband Conference, "Bridging the Gaps – Expanding the Impact," Madden’s on Gull Lake, 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd, MN 56401, 10.26.2017
  • Broadband Coverage, Government Investments and Regulation in Minnesota
    2016 Minnesota Broadband Conference, 02.19.2016
  • CAF Broadband Funding in Minnesota
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Communications Law Section, 11.18.2015
  • Rediscovering Lifeline: What a Revamped Program Means for Your Company and Customers
    WTA Fall Crush Conference, 10.13.2015
  • Federal Communications Commission Update
    Telecom Alliance Fall Convention, 10.01.2015
  • Developing Issues that Could Affect Utility Rural Broadband
    UTC Rural Broadband Summit, Arlington, VA, 09.15.2015
  • Broadband Regulation: Challenges and Opportunities
    UTC Rural Broadband Workshop, New Orleans, LA, 07.27.2015
  • A Big Picture Look at Recent Regulatory Developments in the Federal Universal Service Programs
    Communications Law Annual Forum, 06.24.2015
  • Delivering on the Rural Broadband Promise
    UTC Telecom & Technology Conference, 05.07.2015
  • FCC Liability Lurks for the Unwary in Mergers and Acquisitions
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Communications Law Section, 02.11.2015
  • Navigating Regulatory Issues in Telecommunications
    Rural Broadband Council Network Deployment Workshop, Phoenix, AZ, 11.19.2014
  • Revolutionizing Broadband: Rural Electric Cooperatives Can Close the Digital Divide
    Rural Smart Grid Summit, Phoenix, AZ, 11.17.2014
  • Universal Service in the Broadband Age
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Communications Law Section, 10.08.2014
  • How Can Critical Infrastructure Promote Rural Broadband?
    Critical Infrastructure Communications Policy Summit, Washington, D.C., 09.15.2014

Publications

  • Connecting Alaskans: A Book Review and Commentary on Universal Service in the Broadband Age
    13 ISJLP 497 (2016-2017), I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, Vol. 13, pp. 497-510, 04.03.2017
  • Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, 02.01.2015
  • FCC Releases 2014 FCC Forms 499-A and 499-Q and Accompanying Instructions
    Lexology, 02.04.2014
  • D.C. Circuit Affirms FCC's 2011 Pole Attachment Regulations
    Lexology, 02.28.2013
  • A Brave New World for Universal Service Support and Intercarrier Compensation
    Lexology, 11.23.2011
  • 2012-E-Rate Eligible Services List Released
    Lexology, 10.07.2011
  • Appropriate M&A Strategies for Telecommunications Lawyers
    06.14.2007
  • The Role of Extra-Judicial Bodies in Vindicating Reputational Harm
    CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Policy, Spring 2007
  • Creation of the Media – A Review and Retrospective 
    Federal Communications Law Journal, 06.2006
  • Telecom Settlements and Negotiations Leading Lawyers on Structuring Deals, Resolving Disputes, and Facing Regulatory Issues in Telecommunications Law
    Aspatore Inc., 2006
  • Strategic Insights for Representing Clients in a Competitive Market
    2006
  • Signaling System Seven: A Case Study in Local Telephone Competition
    CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Policy, Fall 2004

Affiliations

Professional Associations

  • Member, Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Chair (2017-present, 2012-2015); Secretary (2011-2012); Secretary (2004-2005), Minnesota State Bar Association – Communications Law Section 
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association – Public Utilities Law Section
  • Executive Committee Member, Alaska State Bar Association – Administrative Law Section

Community Involvement

  • Pro Bono Counsel (2015-Present); Member, Board of Directors (2007-2014); Chair (2011), Domestic Abuse Project
  • Pro Bono Counsel (2015-Present), WATCH
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