Robert L. Shannon, Jr. is a Senior Equity Partner. His practice includes complex litigation, transportation, toxic exposure, professional liability litigation, banking matters, International Trade issues, products liability, and internal investigations. He has served as lead or co-counsel in a wide variety of complex matters including multidistrict litigation and class actions in both federal and state courts. Mr. Shannon serves as National Trial Counsel for several clients. He has tried 54 significantly successful cases with a jury. Outside of Georgia, Mr. Shannon has assumed the role of lead or trial counsel in approximately 62 complex or catastrophic cases. None of the cases tried before a jury resulted in an adverse verdict. During his career, he has handled liability exposure matters approaching $300 million. In addition, settled cases ended in favorable resolutions for his clients. Mr. Shannon is licensed in Tennessee and Georgia.He has also appeared in matters located in Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania. Mr. Shannon's last adverse verdict occurred in 1999. He has only taken two adverse verdicts as lead counsel.
Mr. Shannon served in the U.S. Air Force from 1981 to 1988. He transferred to the Georgia Air National Guard in 1988. Currently, he is a Major General in the Air National Guard. In this capacity, he serves a dual-hatted role as Special Assistant to the Director of the Air National Guard and Mobilization Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), (A-2), Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He is the former Vice Commander of the Georgia Air National Guard where he assisted the commander in overseeing approximately 2900 men and women in two flying wings consisting of 16 JSTARS E-8s and 8 C-130H(2) aircraft; the Combat Readiness Training Center, Townsend Bombing Range, and six other geographically separated units around the State. Concurrently, General Shannon served as the Air National Guard Assistant/Advisor to the Commander of the Air Force ISR Agency (AFISRA) from 2012 to 2014. In September of 2014, AFISRA stood up as 25th Air Force. 25th Air Force conducts multisource intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations in support of national and combatant objectives. 25th AF also provides integrated cyber ISR forces and expertise with over 26,000 personnel who report to command.
The Secretary of the Air Force selected General Shannon to serve on the Air Reserve Forces Policy Committee (ARFPC). The ARFPC is mandated by Congress to make recommendations to the SecAF on policies that impact reserve forces. The Committee reviews and comments on major policy matters directly affecting reserve components and the mobilization preparedness of the Air Force to the Secretary and the Air Force Chief of Staff. General Shannon serves on the Air National Guard’s General Officer ISR Council and Cyber GO Steering Council. He is Vice Chair of the Air National Guard’s Strategic Planning System Steering Committee. The Chief of the National Guard Bureau appointed him to the National Guard Joint Diversity Executive Council. The Council develops policy recommendations concerning diversity for 464,900 members of the Army and Air National Guard. General Shannon holds a Top Secret SCI clearance. He has significant worldwide operational planning and deployment experience in support of combat, contingency, and training operations in over 30 countries. General Shannon has also deployed to the Caribbean and South America in support of counterdrug and joint operations with U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
He has completed the Leadership and Crisis Management Course at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; the Northern Command’s Joint Task Force Commander’s Course; and the Defense Support of Civil Authorities Executive Course. Numerous media outlets including CNN, 60 Minutes, Fox News, New York Times, Washington Post, and the Christian Science Monitor have interviewed General Shannon on issues concerning the use of the military in domestic operations as well as high profile court cases.
Professional and Community Service
In addition to his practice, Mr. Shannon served as a Special Assistant Administrative Law Judge for the Office of State Administrative Hearings from 1997 to 2001. As an Administrative Law Judge, Mr. Shannon presided over regulatory disputes and appeals for the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance, the Commission on Equal Opportunity, the Board of Regents, and the Department of Medical Assistance. Mr. Shannon also serves as an Adjunct Professor for Georgia State University, where he occasionally teaches graduate courses in employment law and ethics.
Mr. Shannon is active in a number of professional and civic leadership organizations. The Georgia Supreme Court appointed him to serve on the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee; Past Chairman, Board of Directors for the Atlanta Business League; Member, Board of Governors for State Bar of Georgia; Past Chair of the Board of Trustees for the State Bar’s Client Security Trust Fund; member, Past President, Gate City Bar Association; Member, Board of Trustees for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C.; Past Co-Chair of the State Bar of Georgia’s Diversity Program; Former District 5 Representative, University of Georgia’s Law School Association Council; Member, Fulton County Development Advisory Board, 1999-2001; Former Board Member, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation; Fellow, Lawyers Foundation of Georgia; Board of Directors, World Trade Center Atlanta, and the Board of directors for Junior Achievement. He is a member of the Gate City Bar Association, Hispanic Bar Association, National Bar Association, American Bar Association, Atlanta Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, and Lawyer Pilot Bar. From 1996 to 2003, he served as an Air Force Academy Liaison Officer for the State of Georgia. From 2005 to 2014, the Atlanta Business Chronicle named him to its list of Who's Who in the Law in Atlanta. Also, in 2010 he was named as one of Georgia Trend magazine's "Legal Elite." Mr. Shannon is a pilot.
Mr. Shannon has contributed a significant amount of time in pro bono projects including:
• Moreland Ave Battered Women’s shelter;
• Juvenile Truancy Project;
• Cobb Diversion Program; Saturday Lawyer; and
• The Legal Clinic for the Homeless.
He has spoken to high school students and at youth programs on over 100 occasions.
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