Shannon Wright is an attorney in the Trial & Appellate Litigation practice of Jackson Walker’s Houston office. As a strategic advocate for her clients, Shannon is passionate about finding creative solutions to solve complex matters without losing focus on the bottom line.
During her time as an associate at the firm, Shannon has handled various stages of commercial litigation, including class actions, business torts, defending governmental units from suit, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, landlord-tenant disputes, departing-employee disputes, breach of contract, negligence, and ad valorem tax disputes.
During her time as a summer associate at the firm in 2021, Shannon handled research and analysis for various stages of commercial litigation. She also served as a judicial intern for federal judges Alfred H. Bennett (Southern District of Texas) and Gregg J. Costa (Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals) in 2020.
While attending the University of Houston Law Center, she was a research assistant to Professor Douglas K. Moll, helping research recent shareholder oppression cases in U.S. courts. Outside of classes, Shannon served as vice president of OUTLaw, UHLC’s student affinity group for LGBTQ+ students and their allies, and was a member of Houston Law Review.
Prior to law school, Shannon was the former lead researcher and policy writer for the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Her primary responsibility involved drafting the Association’s proposals for changes to the NCAA’s bylaws, championships policies, and playing rules to achieve the goals of NCAA Division I, II, and III member coaches in cross country and track & field.
B.A., cum laude, Rice University
M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison
J.D., summa cum laude, University of Houston Law Center
- Houston Law Review, Managing Editor, Board 59
- Blask Fellow, Federal Bar Association, Southern District of Texas
- Blakely-Butler Moot Court, First Place and Best Speaker
- OUTLaw, Vice President
- Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (Woodward/White Inc.), Appellate Practice, 2024
- Author, “Censure as Speech? Houston Community College System v. Wilson and the Government Speech Doctrine,” 59 Houston Law Review 229 (2021)
- Co-Author, “Teaching Against Threats to Democracy,” Beyond Pedagogies of Exclusion in Diverse Childhood Contexts: Transnational Challenges 131 (Soula Mitakidou et al., eds., 2009)
- Co-Author, “Examining the Treatment of 9/11 and Terrorism in High School Textbooks,” Educating Democratic Citizens in Troubled Times: Qualitative Studies of Current Efforts 192 (Janet S. Bixby and Judith L. Pace eds., 2008)
September 18, 2023Podcasts
JW Fast Takes Podcast | ~9 minutes
In this episode, Baker Howry and Shannon Wright cover the rise of emojis, texts, and other modern modes of communication within the workplace and how these new communication styles are being interpreted by the courts.
August 24, 2023Newsletters
View Jackson Walker’s August 2023 Diversity & Inclusion Newsletter, Perspectives.
August 17, 2023Attorney News
‘The Best Lawyers in America’ Honors 287 Jackson Walker Attorneys in 2024 Edition, Including 12 “Lawyers of the Year” and 80 “Ones to Watch”
The Best Lawyers in America has recognized 287 Jackson Walker attorneys across 5 offices and 82 specialty practice areas in its 2024 edition, including 12 Lawyers of the Year and 80 Ones to Watch. In this year’s guide, Jackson Walker saw the largest number of attorneys in the areas of Commercial Litigation (66 attorneys) and Real Estate Law (60 attorneys) and the addition of 35 attorneys as Best Lawyers.
March 30, 2023Insights
What’s in an Emoji? How Generational Differences in Communication Impact the Workplace and Can Increase Liability
By Baker Howry, Shannon Wright, and Jamila Brinson
To meme or not to meme, that is the question. With millennials comprising 35% of the workforce and Gen Z expected to reach 30% by 2030, the use of emojis, emoticons, and memes in the workplace is inevitable. This article provides an overview of what emojis mean for employers, including the potential for miscommunication, how courts have analyzed them, and key considerations for risk management.
December 21, 2022Podcasts
JW Fast Takes Podcast | ~2 minutes
This special holiday episode features first-year associates Caroline Capili, Shayan Gaziani, Alex Leseney, and Shannon Wright as they share their favorite things about the practice of law – and Jackson Walker.
November 17, 2022Newsletters
View Jackson Walker’s November 2022 Diversity & Inclusion Newsletter, Perspectives.
October 3, 2022Attorney News
This year, the firm proudly welcomes 18 law school graduates to expand our Bankruptcy, Restructuring, & Recovery, Corporate & Securities, Energy, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (ERISA), Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment, Real Estate, and Trial & Appellate Litigation practices.