Shannon A. Donnelly counsels on employment-based immigration law, providing strategic advice related to 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 and regularly works with employers in both the United States and Canada to help manage their cross-border business travelers, and other cross-border matters. She also coordinates global compliance programs for multinational clients.
Recognized as one of Chambers USA's “Leaders in Their Field” and recommended by The Legal 500, Shannon provides I-9 compliance training, E-verify proficiency, and counseling to US employers on policy development in international mobility, compliance, and related immigration issues.
Shannon has represented and advised clients across a number of industries, including financial services, information 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
Drafted and helped execute a comprehensive immigration compliance policy for the company's US operations, as well as policies 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