About

A trusted resource for Community Sustainability Law, Land Use Law, and Noise Pollution Law.

Attorney Brown brings over 25 years of seasoned, community sustainability experience to your project. Community members and clients frequently comment that Shannon speaks in plain language and makes complex issues easier to understand.

Noise Pollution Law

I often get comments:

“I didn’t know there was anything like Noise Pollution Law. But I am so glad that someone is finally working on this problem. I have a situation….”

Without minimizing the COVID-19 pandemic, noise pollution represents a silent pandemic. Research after research study link noise to serious and extensive adverse health effects including early death, diabetes, heart disease, psychological disorders, and learning impairment in children. And research emphasizes that noise need not be “loud” to adversely affect health and our communities. Noise creates community conflict and neighbor conflict—sometimes with tragic consequences. Noise callously ignores the fundamental, Constitutional property rights of others (you have a right to the quiet enjoyment of your property).

The US recognized noise pollution as a serious pollutant in 1972 (along with all the other pollution laws). And yet noise concerns of others still sometimes fall on deaf ears—usually, until the noise problem affects your property.

I listen, understand, and can hopefully help your community or your situation to address noise. See also https://www.panpa.org.

Community Sustainability Law

Shannon thrives in community sustainability initiatives. He owned and ran a sustainable farm (market gardening), remains active in community gardening, and served as a founding member and first president of a farm cooperative. He received training in small renewable energy projects including training as a wind turbine installer.

Shannon served in higher education as the coordinator for community initiatives at St. Lawrence University. He recently served as an assistant professor for Community, Natural Resources & Economic Development with the University of Wisconsin Extension.

He remains very active in sustainability initiatives with specific focus on community food systems, downtown development, rural community support, community gardens, sustainable farming, CSAs, cooperatives, sustainable land use, community stabilization, renewable energy, and energy conservation. In addition, current community sustainability research areas include

  • multi-municipal zoning;
  • zoning and land use law;
  • noise pollution, neighbor problems, and nuisance law;
  • projects that threaten community stability (Big Boxes, fracking, etc.);
  • community-group leadership training and consulting; and
  • nonprofit advising.

Solid Academics

Academically, Shannon holds a BA (magna cum laude), a MA (as a FLAS fellow), and a JD (cum laude, Regent University School of Law). He graduated from law school with honors  and in the top ten of his law school class with an Intervarsity Scholarship. He served on Law Review, and his academic research on local government was published. While in law school, he also served as a research assistant on technology law, cyberlaw, and intellectual property law. He was elected to Honor Council (ethics board) and received the law school’s prestigious Counselor at Law Award for commendable legal representation for clients.

Sustainability Commitment

Shannon demonstrates decades of commitment to community sustainability. The virtual office cuts down on commuting—where he is is where his office is. In 2011, the PBA’s, Pennsylvania Lawyers United for Sustainability (PLUS) Program recognized Shannon as one of the eight charter members for attorney’s making a sustainability commitment.