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Joseph Shannon

Personal Injury Attorney - Joseph Shannon

Joseph Shannon - Personal Injury Attorney





3550 Hobson Road, Suite 203 Woodridge, IL 60517

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School, Joe has practiced law for nearly 30 years with dedication and commitment to his clients in courts throughout the country. He is admitted to practice law in Illinois and Washington state courts and a member of the Bar for the United States Court of Claims. Joe has also successfully advanced cases in numerous other states.

Joe believes in the adage: “From those to whom much is given, much is expected.”

“We have been given much,” Joe says. “It’s our turn to give back. When our clients retain us, they are in one of the most vulnerable situations of their lives. Some can no longer provide for themselves and are dependent on others to live. We try to create a positive relationship with every client. We do everything in our power to come through for each one. Our overwhelming focus is on our clients’ needs.”

“We want to look our clients in the eye and tell them we did the best for them—that we put their interests first and foremost.”

This philosophy has been a constant throughout Joe’s career. “When we take a case, it’s because we believe we will come through for our client. We are dedicated and committed to reaching a successful outcome.”



In a landmark case in the transportation industry, Joe’s firm work resulted in a record $23.75 million verdict in Will County, Illinois. “The case addressed an issue in the trucking industry and was precedent setting,” he says. “We proved that one of the largest logistics brokers in the world was the principal of a driver who plowed into stopped traffic in a suburban Chicago expressway and was, therefore, responsible to the victims of this horrific crash. The logistics company had defended the case by arguing that it was a mere broker and had no involvement in the trucking company’s dealings. It took years of discovery and depositions to develop the case to present to a jury.” The verdict was affirmed on appeal by the Illinois appellate courts.

Joe recently published the book, Transportation Law Rights and Injuries, Charting Your Course of Legal Action (Word Association Publishers, 2016). The book details the nuances of a Transportation claim from beginning to end.

During his career, Joe has handled numerous cases involving transportation, product liability, medical and professional malpractice, medical device, automotive, employment, construction, insurance coverage, and commercial issues. Joe has been married to his wife for 27 years, has six children, and resides in west suburban Chicago. Both he and his wife are parishioners at St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church. Joe is actively involved at St. Joan of Arc School as a coach.


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  • University of Notre Dame Law School, Juris Doctor, 1988
  • Concannon Programme of International Law in London, England, 1986-1987
  • University of Portland, Bachelor of Arts in History, maxima cum laude, 1985


  • United States Court of Claims
  • United States Supreme Court Bar 2001
  • Illinois State Bar 1991
  • Washington State Bar 1989
  • Trial Bar, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


  • Past Chairman, Insurance Law Section, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member of Insurance Law Section, American Association of Justice
  • Member of the Toxic, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts Section, American Association of Justice
  • Past Member of Civil Practice Section Committee, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Past Member of Judicial Evaluation Committee, Illinois State Bar Association



  • American Association for Justice, Litigating Truck Collision Cases Seminar, February 2010.
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Section 8 Housing Requirements: A Minimum Standard of Care, July 2004
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Evidence of Alcohol Consumption in Civil Injury Cases, May 2004
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Medicare: Rights to Your Client’s Money, June 2003
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations as the Standard of Care for Truckers, July 2002
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Automobile Insurance Policy Update, May 2002
  • Illinois Trial Lawyer’s Association, Insurance Coverage for Negligent and Intentional Injury, May 2002
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Emergency Stops on Round Balers, Why Not Now? July 2001
  • Illinois State Bar Association, An Update on UM/UIM Claims, June 2001
  • Illinois State Bar Association-Insurance Law Section, AN Update on UM/UIM Claims, April 2001
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, An Overview of Employment Discrimination Based on Disability, Fall 2000
  • Illinois State Bar Association-Insurance Law Section, Recent Insurance Law cases, May 2000
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Recent Developments in Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM) Insurance Law, May 2000
  • Southwest Bar Association, Practical and Economic Uses of the Internet for Lawyers and Judges, February 1997