Representative Matters

Robert Shannon represents corporate clients in litigation and regulatory matters. He also has significant trial experience in both state and federal court, and most recently was honored by the Jury Verdict Reporter for obtaining one of the top defense verdicts in 2014 for the Chicago White Sox.

Mr. Shannon has served as litigation counsel for the Chicago White Sox for more than 10 years. He has experience in serving as a lawyer for "Shared Economy" industries and has spoken and written articles regarding regulation of innovative technologies.

Beyond his business counsel, Mr. Shannon concentrates his government litigation practice counseling elected officials, public entities and political action committees.

Professional Background

Mr. Shannon serves as the Managing Partner of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. Prior to being named Managing Partner in March 2016, he was the Leader of the firm's Government Practice Group. Mr. Shannon also serves on Hinshaw's Executive Committee.

Mr. Shannon currently serves as Special Assistant State’s Attorney. Prior to joining Hinshaw in March 1999, Mr. Shannon was a prosecutor with the City of Chicago’s Special Prosecutions Division, where he gained significant trial experience in the Cook County criminal court system.

After serving as a prosecutor, Mr. Shannon defended the City of Chicago in federal civil rights litigation. He also advised the Chicago Police Department on arrest and First Amendment issues arising during the 1996 Democratic National Convention.

Mr. Shannon entered public service as an assistant to former U.S. Senator Alan J. Dixon, in both the Senator’s Chicago and Washington, D.C. offices. He subsequently worked as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Representative Charles Hatcher, focusing on the Congressman’s domestic legislative positions.

He was on the faculty at Loyola University School of Law for three years, where he taught first year law students legal writing and oral advocacy.

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient of the 2014 Jury Verdict Reporter Award for Trial Lawyer Excellence in the category of "Outstanding Defense Verdict in a Premises Liability Case."
  • Selected by his peers and named by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer Magazine as one of the top "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch," 2003
  • Recognized as a Leading Lawyer in the categories of Governmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law and Commercial Litigation

Representative Matters

Throughout his career, Mr. Shannon has been involved in several high-profile cases, including:

  • Successfully defended the Cook County Sheriff's office against constitutional class action brought by Northwestern University MacArthur Justice Center against Cook County Jail practices in Hudson, et al. v. Cook County Sheriff.

  • Successful trial defense of Chicago White Sox security policies in Uhler v. Chicago White Sox.
  • Successful trial defense of Chicago police officer in federal civil rights lawsuit Buchanan v. Officer Hammermeister.
  • Represented two U.S. Congressmen in the lawsuit brought by Illinois Republicans challenging the congressional map drawn by Illinois Democrats in Judy Biggert, et al. v. Illinois State Board of Elections, et al.
  • Lead attorney representing Cook County Sheriff in the well-known lawsuit Michael Shakman v. Democratic Party of Cook County.
  • Represented Cook County Recorder of Deeds in Michael Shakman v. Democratic Party of Cook County.
  • Lead attorney defending Cook County Sheriff, in the wrongful death lawsuit Michael Chambers v. Sheriff Sheahan, arising out of a wedding brawl at the Countryside Holiday Inn. This lawsuit was identified by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of its most significant cases in 2007.
  • Defended the State of Illinois highway construction program for minority and disadvantaged businesses against federal constitutional attack in Northern Contracting v. IDOT.
  • Defended Illinois State Treasurer, in a constitutional class action lawsuit in Canel v. Rutherford.
  • Lead attorney defending the Chicago White Sox in a lawsuit brought by former Kansas City Royals coach, Thomas Gamboa, based upon an attack by father and son spectators during a game at U.S. Cellular Field.
  • Defended the White Sox in the Illinois Appellate Court in both Mazin v. Chicago White Sox and Marianne Fricano v. Chicago White Sox, et al.
  • Lead trial attorney in successful defense of White Sox ball park security practices in Shugrue v. Chicago White Sox.
  • Trial attorney in the successful defense of the State of Illinois Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Program against constitutional attack brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in Hargett v. Department of Human Services.


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J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 1995

B.A., Indiana University, 1991