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Shannon M. McNulty

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in Chicago, IL

Clifford Law Offices PC
120 North LaSalle Street, 36th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-899-9090
Fax: 312-251-1160
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2014
Licensed in Illinois Since: 2004
Practice Areas: Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Transportation/Maritime
Attorney Profile

Shannon McNulty is a Chicago personal injury lawyer and wrongful death attorney who comes to Clifford Law Offices with a wealth of professional experience from previous employment. Having worked for 10 years with the administration of the Chicago Police Department, she served as the Director of Administration in the Bureau of Operational Services. In this critical role, she was Chief of Staff to the First Deputy Superintendent. She not only became familiar with the inner workings of this complex department; she also was instrumental in the development and implementation of administrative projects and policies. Shannon also was involved with the fact-gathering and notification of all major incidents to Department brass as well, skills which handily translate to her work as a Chicago wrongful death attorney and personal injury lawyer.

Part of her success in Chicago as a personal injury lawyer and wrongful death attorney includes the multiple death and severe personal injury cases of those who were trapped in the fire at the Cook County Administration Building in October 2003. The high profile cases deal with the workings of the 911 response system in Chicago, something with which Shannon has a great deal of experience. She is part of the legal team that handles cases involving the rollover of a number of sport utility vehicles that have resulted in the deaths or serious injuries of their occupants. Shannon also was involved in the trial of a small plane crash case at a Chicago suburban airport that killed everyone aboard. That trial resulted in a $12 million verdict in May 2003. Most recently, Shannon has been working on the case of an infant who died of injuries resulting from a lighter that allegedly lacked sufficient child safety mechanisms.

Prior to becoming a Chicago wrongful death attorney and personal injury lawyer, Shannon attended night law school at DePaul while working full-time. Shannon’s determination resulted in her completing law school one year ahead of schedule. She was recognized as an outstanding student in trial advocacy and contracts, having received the CALI Award for excellence in both of these fields. She holds a Masters of Science from the School of Management of Public Services at DePaul University, which bestowed upon her the American Society of Public Administrators’ Student of the Year Award. She graduated cum laude from Loyola University in Chicago.

In addition to her work as a leading Chicago personal injury lawyer and wrongful death attorney, Shannon gives back to the Chicago community. Having worked in the Albany Park neighborhood on crime prevention efforts, which resulted in her being recognized for outstanding service by the U.N.I.T.E. civic organization, she has also devised and implemented several successful fundraising efforts, including those for families in Chicago’s Bronzeville community and for the families of New York Police Officers who died in the 9/11 attacks.

Shannon is a member of the American Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers’ Association, Illinois State Bar, Chicago Bar, Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association, and Attorney’s Information Exchange Group. She also is a member of the International Society of Barristers which promotes civility in the profession.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
  • 30%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 10%Transportation/Maritime
Focus Areas

Wrongful Death

Selections

7 Years Super Lawyers
6 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2009 - 2014

About Shannon M. McNulty

First Admitted: 2004, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://www.cliffordlaw.com/attorneys/shannon-m-mcnulty/

Educational Background

  • University of Virginia, Trial Advocacy Institute – January, 2008, 2008
  • Northwestern University, Summer Institute in Negotiation – June, 2006, 2006
  • DePaul University, M.S., Honors: With Distinction, Honors: American Society of Public Administrators, Student Of The Year, 1997, 1997
  • Loyola University, B.S., cum laude, Major: Criminal Justice, 1993

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Participants spoke of the numerous national and international data breached and the cyber risk to consumers. , Panelist, "Facing the Ransonware Menace: Cyber Blackmail Conference", 2017
  • Shannon McNulty spoke on "Class Actions" at the annual Complex Litigation and Civil Liberty for Non-Traditional Torts Seminar in Chicago sponsored by the ITLA. , Speaker, "Class Actions", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2017
  • Shannon McNulty was invited to participate in the ITLA Professionalism Seminar. , Speaker, "Ethics of Witness Preparation", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2013
  • Privatization of Public Services in the South Suburbs, DePaul University Press, May 1997, Privatization of Public Services in the South Suburbs, DePaul University Press, 1997
  • Comprehensive Examination of the Illinois Criminal History Records Information System, ICJIA, August 1995 [contributing author], contributing author, Comprehensive Examination of the Illinois Criminal History Records Information System, ICJIA, 1995
  • 1993-4 Criminal History Records Audit: Illinois' CCH System Overview. ICJIA, August 1994, Criminal History Records Audit: Illinois' CCH System Overview, ICJIA, 1994
  • 1993-4 Criminal History Records Audit Methodology. ICJIA, December 1993, Criminal History Records Audit Methodology, ICJIA, 1993
  • Detention in the juvenile justice system. ICJIA Compiler, Summer 1993, Detention in the juvenile justice system, ICJIA Compiler, 1993

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Shannon McNulty, along with partner Jim Pullos, obtained a $3.5 million settlements on behalf of plaintiffs who alleged sexual abuse on behalf of a resident at an assisted living facility. , 2020
  • Shannon McNulty obtained a $34.75 million settlement on behalf of plaintiffs who purchased Proline Casement windows which were defectively designed, leading to premature rotting of the windows. Allegedly, defendant concealed the flawed condition of the windows from the consumers for decades. , 2019
  • Shannon McNulty, along with founder and senior partner Bob Clifford, obtained a $16.5 million settlement on behalf of a 69-year-old former coach and high school teacher, erroneously prescribed an incorrect dosage of long-acting insulin following a heart transplant, suffered hypoglycemia-induced encephalopathy and cognitive diminishment requiring life-long care. , 2016
  • Shannon McNulty, along with founder and senior partner Bob Clifford, obtained a $6.5 million settlement for the wrongful death of a 35-year-old husband and father after a failure to timely diagnose an aortic dissection, failure to administer a CT scan, and a failure to observe and follow up on abnormal findings present on a chest x-ray that was administered in the emergency room. , 2016
  • Shannon McNulty obtained a $2.9 million settlement for a wrongful death case of a student that was fatally stabbed by another student. , 2015
  • Shannon McNulty obtained a $2 million settlement on behalf of a man who suffered fatal carbon monoxide poisoning while abrasive blasting. , 2011
  • Shannon McNulty, along with partner Rich Burke, obtained a confidential settlement for a father of two was killed after a sliding door to a minivan improperly opened during an accident that involved the vehicle rolling over. , 2010
  • Shannon McNulty, along with partner Rich burke, obtained a $2 million on behalf of a young mother who was in labor for 25 hours with prolonged periods during which her baby was deprived of sufficient oxygen and suffered from poor fetal tones. Her son was born with cerebral palsy and died two years later from a seizure disorder. , 2009
  • Shannon McNulty, along with partner Rich Burke, obtained a $1 million settlement on behalf of a 74-year-old grandmother and passenger in a car, driven by her husband, was struck and killed by a police car speeding through an intersection in a residential neighborhood. The police car was a non-emergency patrol without lights for activated sirens. , 2005

Honors/Awards

  • Super Lawyers (2016-Present), Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2022
  • Best Lawyers in America (2015-Present), Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2022
  • Leading Lawyer, Law Bulletin Media (2018 – Present), Leading Lawyer, Law Bulletin Media, 2022
  • Leading Lawyers (2018-Present), Leading Lawyer, Leading Lawyers, 2022
  • , Notable Women in Law, Crain's Chicago Business, 2020
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin & Chicago Lawyer Women in Law Honoree, Chicago Lawyer Women in Law Honoree, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2020
  • , Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago, Crain's Custom Media, 2017
  • Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago, Crain's Custom Media, 2017, Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago, Crain's Custom Media, 2017
  • , 40 Under 40, Law Bulletin Media, 2015
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2009-2014), Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2014
  • Chicago Law Bulletin's Forty Under 40, 2007, Forty Under 40, Daily Law Bulletin, 2007
  • Awarded by U.N.I.T.E. Civic Organization (Albany Park) for Outstanding Service
  • Awarded American Society of Public Administrators’ Student of the Year

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Saint Jude Parent Teacher Organization (2019-Present), 2022
  • Saint Jude School Board (2018-Present), 2022
  • Advisory Board Member, Chicago Police Memorial Foundation (2007 - 2012), 2012
  • Provides pro bono assistance in probate matters for the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services., 2007
  • Initiated and coordinated the Chicago Police Officers’ NYPD Memorial Fund, for the children of NYPD officers’ killed on September 11, 2001, 2001
  • South Suburban Mayors’ Association, Volunteer
  • Volunteers at Saint Michael’s House

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Judicial Evaluation Committee, Investigator (2011 - Present), 2022
  • Illinois (2004-Present), 2022
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ) (2004-Present), 2022
  • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) (2004-Present), 2022
  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA) (2004-Present), 2022
  • Illinois Trial Lawyer's Association (ITLA) (2004-Present), 2022
  • International Society of Barristers, 2019
  • Supreme Court Committee for Rules of Evidence, Appointed (2008 - Present), 2022
  • Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Evidence, 2010
  • Vice-chair, CBA, Professional Development Committee on Ethics, 2007
  • Professional Ethics Committee, Co-Vice Chair (2006 - 2007), 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation and Member of the ABA Annual Meeting Advisory Committee
  • Attorney's Information Exchange Group
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation 
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Office Location for Shannon M. McNulty

120 North LaSalle Street
36th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 312-899-9090

Fax: 312-251-1160

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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