Shannon was born in Butte, America and raised in Colstrip, Montana. She graduated with highest honors from Montana State University in 2001 with a B.S. in Business. After graduation, Shannon moved to Santa Barbara, California, where her foray into the legal field began at Safety Analysis and Forensic Engineering (SAFE), an automotive safety research firm providing expert witness services for attorneys with catastrophic automobile accident cases. While working at SAFE, Shannon enrolled in law school at the Santa Barbara College of Law. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in December 2007 and was admitted to the California Bar in 2008.
While in law school, Shannon clerked for the Honorable Judge Brian Hill at the Santa Barbara Superior Court, and the Environmental Defense Center, a non-profit environmental law firm. As a law student, Shannon was invited to join the Santa Barbara Inns of Court, an association of judges, lawyers and other legal professionals working together to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar. During that time, Shannon also began working at Schley, Look, Guthrie and Locker, a law firm specializing in business and employment law, civil litigation, intellectual property, and estate planning. After passing the California Bar Exam, Shannon continued on at the firm as an associate attorney. In 2010, Shannon joined the Andrade Law Offices, specializing in personal injury and criminal defense.
Shannon joined E.J. Guza & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation (formally known as Guza, Nesbitt & Putzier, PLLC) in 2017, after a four-year hiatus from the law in order to raise her young family. She enjoys working as a paralegal on issues for the firm’s Montana clients, and is available as a licensed California attorney for clients who have legal issues under the jurisdiction of the State of California.
When not in the office, Shannon can be found in the great Montana outdoors with her family, doing volunteer work, or working on various gardening, art, and home improvement projects.