Shannon is a graduate of Buckhannon Upshur High School and West Virginia Wesleyan College with a degree in Psychology and Government. As an undergraduate student, she participated in the West Virginia Wesleyan College Forensics Team and competed in tournaments across the country. After graduating from West Virginia Wesleyan College, she attended the West Virginia University School of Law and completed her Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1996. During her education at West Virginia University, she was a member of Moot Court and is known for her appellate ability.
She began work as an associate at a local law firm and after two years began her own practice. She now has over 17 years of experience as an attorney and continues to represent clients in central West Virginia. Shannon has experience appearing before most courts in the state of West Virginia.