Robert L. Shannon, Jr. is a Senior Partner. Mr. Shannon’s 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. He serves as National Trial Counsel to several clients. He has tried 45 cases to a jury with significant success. Furthermore, Mr. Shannon has assumed the role of lead or trial counsel in approximately 52 complex or catastrophic cases outside of Georgia of which none resulted in an adverse verdict for the cases tried before a jury and very favorable resolution for those cases that settled. Mr. Shannon is licensed in Tennessee and Georgia but he has also appeared in matters in Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.
Mr. Shannon served in the U.S. Air Force from 1981-1988. In 1988, he transferred to the Georgia Air National Guard. He currently is a Brigadier General and serves as the Vice Commander of the Georgia Air National Guard. General Shannon assists 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, a Combat Readiness Training Center, Townsend Bombing Range, and six other geographically separated units around the State. General Shannon is dual-hatted as the A-2 (Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance) Assistant to Lieutenant General Stanley Clarke, Director, Air National Guard (Pentagon). In this capacity he serves as an advisor to the Director on Air National Guard Intelligence issues and acts as a liaison between the Air National Guard and Air Force on matters pertaining to Air National Guard A-2. He concurrently serves as Advisor to the Commander Air Force ISR Agency (AFISRA). He is responsible for advising the Commander and his staff on all issues impacting Air National Forces and provides administrative oversight of assigned Air National Guard personnel. AFISRA organizes, trains, equips and presents assigned forces and capabilities to conduct ISR for combatant commanders and the nation. The agency implements and oversees execution of Air Force policy and guidance to expand ISR capabilities to meet current and future challenges. More than 19,000 AF ISR Agency personnel worldwide provide flexible collection, analysis, weapons monitoring and operational intelligence to joint warfighters and national agencies. General Shannon was also selected by the Secretary of the Air Force 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 upon major policy matters directly affecting the reserve components and the mobilization preparedness of the Air Force to the Secretary and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force.
General Shannon has completed the U.S. Northern Command Joint Task Force Commander’s Course; the Defense Support of Civil Authorities Executive Course; and the Leadership in Crisis Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has served on the Air National Guard’s General Officer Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Cyber Steering Councils; the Air National Guard’s Strategic Planning Committee Steering Committee; and Chair for Strategic Planning for the 14 States which comprise the Atlantic Region. He was appointed by the Chief of the National Guard Bureau to serve on the National Guard Joint Diversity Council which develops policy recommendations on Diversity for the 464,900 members of the Army and Air National Guard. He has been interviewed by CNN, Fox News, and the Christian Science Monitor on the use of the military in domestic emergencies. General Shannon has significant worldwide operational planning and deployment experience. General Shannon has deployed to over thirty countries in participation of combat, contingency, and training operations. He has also deployed in support of Customs, Coast Guard, and Drug Enforcement Agency counterdrug operations throughout the Caribbean and South America. He holds a Top Secret SCI clearance.
Professional and Community Service
In addition to his practice, Mr. Shannon has served as a Special Assistant Administrative Law Judge for the Office of State Administrative Hearings from 1997-2001. 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 with Georgia State University where from time to time he teaches graduate courses in employment law and ethics.
Mr. Shannon is active in leadership capacities in a number of professional and civic organizations. He was appointed by the Georgia Supreme Court 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; Senator Max Cleland’s Judicial Advisory Panel, 2002; 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 and the Atlanta Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, and Lawyer Pilot Bar. From 1996- 2003, he served as an Air Force Academy Liaison Officer for the State of Georgia. From 2005 to 2011, 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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