Shannon J. Lawless

Shannon J. Lawless



Shannon has a civil litigation practice with an emphasis on employment law. In addition to representing employers in wage-and-hour and discrimination cases, Shannon counsels employers on managing workplace conflicts and complying with state and federal employment laws to avoid lawsuits. Shannon’s practice also includes resolving disputes in the areas of securities, contracts, real estate, and insurance. Her goal is to help clients find a practical solution to their business conflicts, whether in court, arbitration, mediation, or informal negotiation. Before joining Ryan Swanson, Shannon clerked for Justice Mary Fairhurst of the Washington State Supreme Court.

Professional & Community Activities
  • President, Washington Women Lawyers State Board (2015-2016); President-elect (2014); Vice President Professional Development (2011-2014)
  • Member, Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Conference Planning Committee (2014-present)
  • Member, King County Bar Association Labor & Employment Section (2014-present)
  • Member, Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle (2013-present)
  • Member, King County Washington Women Lawyers (2011-present)
Speaking Engagements
Honors & Awards
  • Order of the Coif
  • Named to Washington Rising Star® list (2016-present)
  • Named to Top Women Attorneys in Washington® list (2016)


Shannon is a Seattle native and the third generation of attorneys with the last name “Lawless.” She is passionate about improving the representation of women in positions of leadership and influence, both in the legal profession and in the broader business community. To further this mission, she co-created the “Plugging the Leaky Pipeline” series of town hall discussions for Washington Women Lawyers, which seeks to empower women attorneys by exploring practical ways to advance in our legal careers. Outside the law, Shannon is grateful to be surrounded by a wonderful family in Seattle, including her husband, daughter, and parents. She enjoys spending time with her family and her friends, playing fetch with her dog, hiking, practicing yoga, and trying new Seattle restaurants.