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Shannon Wheaton focuses her practice on mortgage litigation, broker-dealer disputes, and ­permitting and litigation issues related to cell towers. Shannon represents the interests of mortgage lenders in wrongful foreclosure and Missouri Merchandising Practices Act (MMPA) cases. On behalf of broker-dealers, Shannon negotiates with investment advisors to secure the recovery of unearned commissions and defaulted loans. When negotiations are unsuccessful, she arbitrates before FINRA. She represents broker-dealers in FINRA proceedings brought by investment advisors who are seeking expungements of negative events on their licenses. She also advises financial consultants in client disputes. Finally, she interprets residential leases in support of a large property management company.

Shannon has an active pro bono practice, appearing in circuit and municipal courts on behalf of indigent clients in felony and misdemeanor matters. She has also acted as guardian ad litem in child guardianship proceedings. She is a volunteer reading tutor at Sigel Elementary School in the City of St. Louis. Shannon is conversational in Russian and Spanish.

Practices

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Volunteered in support of the Military Legal Assistance Team at the Missouri Attorney General's Office. Shannon assisted Missouri veterans who wanted simple wills, living wills or medical powers of attorney.
    • Volunteers as a reading tutor at Sigel Elementary School in the City of St. Louis.
    • Completed the Missouri Coalition for the Right to Counsel Criminal Trial Practice Training Program (2017)
    • Completed 8-hour Missouri Guardian Ad Litem training (2012)
    • Completed the Missouri Coalition for the Right to Counsel Criminal Trial Practice Training Program (2017)
    • Completed 8-hour Missouri Guardian Ad Litem training (2012)
    • Completed 8-hour Missouri Guardian Ad Litem training (2012)
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Professional Affiliations

    • Missouri Bar Association
    • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL)
    • Women in the Legal Profession
    • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL)
    • Women in the Legal Profession
    • Women in the Legal Profession
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Representative Experience

  • Negotiates with investment advisors regarding terms of repayment of loans and unearned commissions, arbitrating before FINRA when necessary.
  • Prepares mediation statements and dispositive motions, organizes document productions, and performs pre-trial workup in mortgage litigation cases alleging breach of contract, violation of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act and more.
  • Monitors the impact of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s proposed rule changes on clients providing infrastructure for the cellular industry.
  • Interprets leases to advise a property management company when residential tenants make noise complaints, do not pay timely, or are slow to vacate.
  • Represents applicants to the Conviction and Incident Review Unit (CIRU) of the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to determine whether avenues may exist to challenge serious and possibly wrongful criminal convictions.
  • Served as guardian ad litem in child guardianship proceedings in St. Louis City Probate Court, after completing 8-hour Guardian Ad Litem Certification.
  • On behalf of a pro bono client, prepared a memorandum concerning the impact on Idaho law of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges