About

Shannon Gahs, Esq.

Shannon focuses her practice in advising individuals, couples and business owners in protecting their families and accomplishments through appropriate estate and disability planning. She advises businesses from pre-startup, through adaptation, to adding investors, mergers, or successful sale or succession planning.

Prior to opening her own practice, Shannon practiced law in Manhattan, earning her stripes in New York Courts in corporate law and litigation. She facilitated private equity venture capital transactions, negotiating deal terms, performing due diligence and closing transactions of up to $70 Million at a time. She took on litigation cases of contract interpretation, patent and trademark infringement, international patent prosecution, insurance coverage, corporate defamation, professional negligence and breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, housing discrimination and ADA compliance.  She authored and taught a Continuing Legal Education course on identifying intellectual property issues for non-IP lawyers.

Returning to Maryland in 2013, she spent the next several years working on behalf of children and adults with complex disabilities, elders aging-in-place, and the nurses, aides and therapists who care for them. Sitting at family kitchen tables on Saturday mornings, she listened to families handling disability and supported them in advocating for themselves and their loved ones. Shannon and her team passed landmark legislation every year during her tenure. Shannon managed advocacy across ten states between Maryland and Maine.

University of Maryland, College Park, 2006. University of Baltimore School of Law, 2009. Admitted to the Bar of the State of New Jersey (2009), State of New York (2010), State of Maryland (2021).

Volunteer, St. Margaret Roman Catholic Parish. Board of Trustees, Harford County Public Libraries. Treasurer, Magness Mill Homeowners’ Association Board of Directors. Soccer Mom.

Maryland National Capitol-Area Home Care Association Public Policy Award. U.S. Navy Special Service Award. U.S. Navy Special Act Award. Past-President, University of Baltimore Students for Public Interest. University of Maryland Varsity, Mighty Sound of Maryland. Wakonse Fellow for Student Leadership. Alumna Guest Lecturer, Maryvale Preparatory School.