A trusted resource for Community Sustainability Law, Ag Law, Small Business Law, and Information Technology Law.
Attorney Brown brings over 25 years of seasoned, small business ownership, executive management, and community sustainability leadership experience to your project. Much of his experience occurred prior to becoming an attorney—thus, as a former and current business owner, he keenly understands the challenges facing businesses, organizations, communities, and individuals.
Community Sustainability Law & Ag 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
- noise pollution, neighbor problems, and nuisance law;
- projects that threaten community stability (Big Boxes, fracking, etc.);
- community group leadership training and consulting; and
- Creation Care and faith-based ecology.
Diverse Business Experience
His well-rounded and diverse experience includes everything from starting and running small businesses, serving as a Chief Information Officer (CIO), developing advanced web, mobile, and internet applications, operating a web hosting environment, designing databases, managing complex projects (project management), helping establish a farm cooperative, serving in small business executive management (Board and president-level), running a small farm (Farmer Brown), receiving training as a wind turbine installer, advocating for renewable energy, serving on county planning board, serving on the local planning commission, providing leadership to community groups/non-profits, managing national public policy research projects, working on university-community development projects, teaching as an undergraduate adjunct college instructor, and teaching as an adjunct professor of law. He has spent much of his career in advanced internet development and computer technology management but with significant roots in community and economic development.
Deep Technology Background
Not “just a technology lawyer,” he maintains his exceptional technology skills by actively developing software (author of the Prolorem™ eDi eDiscovery Software (predictive coding / predictive analytics)); by closely following technology-industry trends; and through training in cryptography, information assurance, information risk management, cybersecurity, machine learning, artificial intelligence, software algorithms, statistics, open source software, and mathematics. Attorney Brown holds a technical certification in cybersecurity/data security. He is also a member in the federal, 7th Circuit’s, eDiscovery Pilot Program.
Academically, Shannon holds a BA (magna cum laude) from Juniata College, a MA (as a FLAS fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison), 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. He was elected to Honor Council (ethics board) and received the law school’s Counselor at Law Award for commendable legal representation for clients.
Shannon demonstrates decades of commitment to community sustainability. The virtual office cuts down on commuting. His home uses 100% renewable energy (wind). 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.
Shannon uses 100% EqualExchange coffee in the office—fair trade, organic, faith-focused, and community cooperative-minded.