Shannon M. McNulty

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Chicago, IL

Clifford Law Offices PC
 | 120 North LaSalle Street, 31st Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-899-9090
Fax: 312-251-1160
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009 - 2014
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Aviation and Aerospace (10%),
  • Consumer Law (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Transportation/Maritime (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Shannon M. McNulty is a partner with Clifford Law Offices PC in Chicago, Illinois. Nationally recognized as one of the leading and most influential women lawyers in her region as well as the entire country, Ms. McNulty provides exceptional representation and support to clients across the state and throughout the nation who have legal needs involving any of the following:

    ·        Aviation litigation

    ·        Class actions and consumer fraud

    ·        Personal injury and wrongful death

    ·        Premises and products liability

    ·        Transportation liability

    ·        Medical malpractice

    ·        Qui tam/whistleblower claims

    Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. McNulty led a successful career with the Chicago Police Department's administration, where she served as director of administration in the Bureau of Operational Services as well as chief of staff to the first deputy superintendent. In these roles, she assisted in the development and implementation of many of the department's administrative policies and projects, and she deftly handled numerous major incidents involving high-ranking member of the force.

    Her experience with gathering facts and handling the major administrative functions of the department has served her well as a personal injury attorney. In one of her first cases as an attorney, she represented multiple plaintiffs with their personal injury and wrongful death claims following a fatal fire at the Cook County Administration Building in 2003. She has also handled numerous claims following rollover accidents involving sports utility vehicles as well as many claims resulting from sexual abuse and harassment, employer retaliation, and other employment-related grievances.

    Among her other notable successes, Ms. McNulty helped secure a verdict of $12 million for the victims of a small plane crash, and she has recovered millions more in settlements and verdicts in a wide range of personal injury matters. Honored for her professionalism and service, she has earned consistent recognition from Best Lawyers along with perennial Leading Lawyer designations from Law Bulletin magazine. She has also received designation as a Top 40 Under 40 and Women in Law honors from Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer Magazine.

    A 1993 cum laude graduate of DePaul University, Ms. McNulty earned her Master of Science in management of public services from the university in 1997. She obtained her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in 2004, and she is a 2008 graduate of the Trial Advocacy Institute at the University of Virginia. She also completed the intensive Summer Institute in Negotiation at Northwestern University in 2006.

    Ms. McNulty is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Northern District of Indiana, the Western District of Missouri and the Western District of Michigan as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

    She currently serves as investigator for the Chicago Bar Association's judicial evaluation committee, and she once served as co-chair of the organization's professional ethics committee. She also serves on the Supreme Court Committee on the Rules of Evidence, and she is an active member of several local, state and national legal organizations.

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    Practice Areas
    • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 40%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
    • 10%Aviation and Aerospace
    • 10%Consumer Law
    • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 10%Transportation/Maritime
    Focus Areas

    Wrongful Death


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 6 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 6 years

    Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2009 - 2014

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    About Shannon McNulty

    Admitted: 2004, Illinois

    Professional Webpage:


    • Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2009 – 2014
    • Leading Lawyer, Law Bulletin Media, 2018 – Present
    • Selected to Illinois Super Lawyers list, 2016 – Present
    • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin & Chicago Lawyer Women in Law Honoree, 2020
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2015-Present, Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2019
    • Leading Lawyers, 2018-Present, Leading Lawyers, 2019
    • Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago, Crain's Custom Media, 2017, Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago, Crain's Custom Media, 2017
    • Super Lawyers, 2017, 2017
    • Super Lawyers, 2016, 2016
    • 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

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • International Society of Barristers
    • Judicial Evaluation Committee, Investigator, 2011 - Present, 2019
    • Supreme Court Committee for Rules of Evidence, Appointed, 2008 - Present, 2019
    • Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Evidence, 2010
    • Professional Ethics Committee, Co-Vice Chair, 2006 - 2007, 2007
    • Vice-chair, CBA, Professional Development Committee on Ethics, 2007
    • Illinois, 2004, 2004
    • 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
    • American Association for Justice
    • Attorney's Information Exchange Group
    • Chicago Bar Association
    • Illinois Trial Lawyer's Association
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation 

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • 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

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • 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

    Educational Background:

    • Northwestern University, Summer Institute in Negotiation – June, 2006
    • University of Virginia, Trial Advocacy Institute – January, 2008
    • 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
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    120 North LaSalle Street
    31st Floor
    Chicago, IL 60602

    Phone: 312-899-9090

    Fax: 312-251-1160

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