Shannon Donnelly counsels clients on corporate immigration issues, providing legal and strategic advice related to the movement of global talent, global immigration policies, and best practices. Shannon works with clients to facilitate the mobility of key foreign executives and managers, specialized knowledge, and professional employees. This includes regular works with employers in both the United States and Canada (amongst other jurisdictions) to help manage business traveler programs, and other cross-border matters.
Recognized as one of Chambers USA's “Leaders in Their Field” and recommended by The Legal 500, Shannon counsels on the immigration implications of corporate restructurings and change management, provides I-9 compliance training, E-verify proficiency, and counseling to US employers on policy development in global mobility, and right to work compliance. As part of Morgan Lewis’s labor and employment team, Shannon provides integrated cross-border advice, counseling, and strategic planning on immigration issues.
Shannon’s clients come from a variety of industries, including financial, technology, economic consulting, manufacturing, healthcare, and the nonprofit sector.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Shannon was a partner in the global immigration and mobility practice of another global law firm, resident in Washington, DC, serving as head of the practice in that office. She also served as a relationship partner and service manager for a variety of organizations with US and global business needs.
Led compliance projects and due diligence initiatives related to change management and pre- and post-acquisition from both the buy and sell side
Team with Immigration Center of Excellent to draft and implement a comprehensive immigration compliance policy for the company's US operations, as well as policies and best practices related to I-9 compliance and business travel
Worked with an audit committee and compliance officers to assess third-party vendor and internal compliance with governing B-1 visa and overall immigration protocols, creating a best practice framework and certification for annual auditing
American University, Washington College of Law, 1999, J.D.
American University, School of International Service, 1999, M.A., International Affairs/Politics
Middlebury College, 1996, B.A., International Politics & Economics; Spanish
District of Columbia
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Employment, Law360 (2019)
Ranked, Immigration, District of Columbia, Chambers USA (2015–2019)
Recommended, Labor and employment: Immigration, The Legal 500 US (2012, 2013, 2018, 2019)