Shannon Clark

Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A.
2575 E. Camelback Road
Suite 1100
Phoenix, AZ 85016
602-530-8194
www.gknet.com/attorneyprofile.aspx?id=39


My Practice

Plaintiff’s Personal Injury & Wrongful Death - Aviation Disasters, Dram Shop/Bar, Drug Litigation, Fire and Explosions, Fraud and Commercial Torts, Insurance and Bad Faith, Legal and Other Professional Liability, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle/Motorcycle/Commercial Trucking Collisions, Negligence, Nursing Home/Elder Abuse, Police Officer and Other Government Liability, Products Liability, Sexual Misconduct

For 13 years, Shannon has been a tireless advocate for victims of negligent and wrongful conduct throughout Arizona and around the United States. His passionate commitment to the rights of injured or wronged individuals has garnered in excess of $200,000,000 in jury verdicts, arbitration awards, mediation results and negotiated settlements for personal injury, wrongful death and legal malpractice clients. Beyond helping his clients obtain compensation for devastating injuries and personal tragedy, Shannon also assists clients with many of the (often non-legal) details of putting their lives back together and moving forward.

From the beginning of his career at Gallagher & Kennedy in 2000, Shannon has been drawn to legal matters that allowed him to advocate for individuals who have been harmed in some way through the fault of others.  As a member the firm’s highly skilled and successful Plaintiff’s Personal Injury and Wrongful Death team, Shannon gained invaluable experience in high-profile cases at the state and national levels.

Shannon is deeply committed to his clients, and his effort extends beyond the intricacies of any given lawsuit to champion consumer safety issues for greater social impact. While commanding the fortitude, experience, resources and overall fire in the belly needed to take on major manufacturers and institutional defendants, Shannon remains unfailingly sensitive to the human element of each case he handles.  He approaches his clients as people first, which makes him broadly effective in understanding his clients’ challenges and advocating their causes.

Representative Cases

       
  • Helped secure compensation from and government investigation of a major automobile manufacturer that failed to recall a dangerous stuck throttle defect on a popular SUV.
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  • Resolved legal and accounting malpractice claims against major accounting firm on behalf of heirs to high profile businessman and entrepreneur.
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  • Successfully represented dozens of tread separation and/or rollover accident victims in product liability cases against Ford Motor Company, Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc., Bridgestone Corporation, Dunlop Tire Company, Cooper Tire and Rubber Company, Kuhmo Tire Company, Michelin North America and most major tire manufacturers.
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  • Member of team representing victims of fuel-fed fires caused by rear-impact collisions in Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors; helped cause Ford to spend $350,000,000 to improve safety of police vehicles.
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  • After a two-month trial, recovered record settlement for victims of elder abuse at a nursing home.
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  • Member of trial team for victims of Mexican Hat, Utah ski bus accident.
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  • Represented family of man who died in Sedona Sweat Lodge tragedy.

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Representative Experience

       
  • Practice in all areas of litigation and trial work, including personal injury, commercial litigation and appellate advocacy.
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  • Handled virtually all varieties of personal injury cases, including product liability, motor vehicle accidents, dram shop actions, premises liability, elder abuse, medical malpractice, commercial trucking, sexual assault, and insurance bad faith.
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  • Represented clients throughout Arizona and in Texas, Nevada, California, New Mexico and Washington, D.C.

Bar & Court Admissions

       
  • Arizona, 1999
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  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1999
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  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2001

Associations & Memberships

       
  • State Bar of Arizona, Member
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  • The American Association for Justice, Member
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  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, Member
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  • The National Trial Lawyers Association, Member

Honors & Awards

       
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
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  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, 2012-2014
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  • Southwest Super Lawyers® - Rising Stars Edition, Plaintiff’s Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation, 2012-2013
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  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2012-2013
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  • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2012-2013
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  • 40 Under 40, Phoenix Business Journal, 2013
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  • Phi Beta Kappa, Cornell University, 1996
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  • Phi Kappa Phi, Cornell University, 1996
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  • Gold Key National Honor Societies, Cornell University, 1996
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  • Cornell National Scholarship, Cornell University, 1996

Community & Philanthropy

Arizona Center for the Blind  and Visually Impaired Board of Directors, 2005-2011, 2013-present
(Chairman 2010-2011)Cayley Manor Homeowners Association Board of Directors, 2008-2011
(President 2009-2011)

Published Works

       
  • Demonstrative Evidence, March 1, 2013
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  • The Evolution of Products Liability, A Historical Accounting, Arizona Tort Law Handbook (Co-Author), 2012
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  • Wrongful Death , Arizona Tort Law Handbook (Co-Author), 2012
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  • E-Sign of the Times, Newsletter, February, 2001

Press Releases


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Related News

Live Media

Speaking Engagements

       
  • APA Seminar, Managing Success Through the Art of Preparation and Presentation, 2012
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  • NALA Seminar, Demonstrative Evidence – How to Do It Right, 2011
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  • State Bar Association, Motor Vehicle Accident Cases:  Winning Presentation with the Use of Expert Witnesses and Graphic Illustrations, 2011
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  • NBI Plaintiff Personal Injury Seminar, Personal Injury Damages, 2006

Languages

       
  • Spanish

Other

Judical Clerkships
Judicial Clerk, Honorable Mary M. Schroeder, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1999-2000

Academic Appointments
Phoenix School of Law, Phoenix, AZ, Adjunct Professor, 2012-Present

Study Abroad
Universidad de Sevilla, Seville, Spain, 1994-1995