Breaking The Mold Of The Assembly Line Workers’ Compensation Firm By Building Client-Based Defense Partnerships

associate attorney Shannan M. Mackey

Shannan M. Mackey

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Practice Areas

  • Workers Compensation
  • Litigation

Current Employment Position

  • Associate Attorney

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2013

Professional Associations

  • Buffalo Claims Associate
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers

Verdicts/Settlements/Cases of Note/Favorite Win

    • Favorite win was a fraud claim with a permanent disqualification in front of a notoriously picky WCLJ.  Our firm was tapped into the case late and there was some issues with the litigation that occurred beforehand.  The claimant was working at a laundromatte but claimed that she was not getting paid and was just in training.  We had surveillance that helped with that issue but the initial testimony of the claimant was lost (the Board lost the DAR minutes).  So, the claimant essentially got a redo of her testimony after she had already seen all our evidence.  Our main item we were able to stick with was her assertion she was not getting paid and that she did not get paid for a few months, which is when she “disclosed” the employment (after she raised fraud).  She at first asserted that she received a check late and when we asked for a copy she said it was direct deposit.  She was asked to provide banking records and she gave an account that clearly was not her primary account but indicated this was her only account she used.  We were able to prove that was a lie and was able to obtain a permanent disqualification despite fate interfering.  The reason it is my favorite is that while I do not like to Judge people.  Her background check revealed several convictions for cruelty to animals due to her participation in a  dog fighting ring.  It was an unequivocal victory where even claimant’s counsel was happy we triumphed.  (Although he gave a heck of a fight for a client he hated, and never let on he hated them until the end.)

Education

  • Albany Law School of Union University, Albany, New York
    • J.D. - 2012
  • University of Notre Dame
    • B.S. - 2006
    • Honors: Fulbright award
    • Major: Political Science, Philosophy, and Russian and Eastern European Studies and Philosophy, certificate in non profit administration
  • University of Notre Dame
    • Masters
    • Honors: Non-Profit Administration, Certification
  • KORA Russian Language Center through the Department of State, Vladimir

    Pro-Bono Activities

    • Was coaching my daughter’s travel softball team as the baserunning/fielding coach, but the 12u girls have far outpaced my ability and I know when I am outmatched, 2019 to 2021
    • Domestic Violence/Pro Se Divorce clinic at LawNY, 2014 to 2017
    • Girl Scout troop leader, 2014 to 2018
    • Girl Scout Volunteer and Mentor, 2018 to Present
    • Teach for America Teacher in Marvell Arkansas, 2006 to 2008
    • English Teacher in Vladmir Russian in orphanage and prison, 2004
    • Triage Cancer Center Volunteer, 2021

    Honors

    • Big East Championship
    • Big East Academic All-Star
    • Partial Athletic Scholarship at the University of Notre Dame
    • Undergraduate Fulbright Award
    • Albany Law School Journal of Science and Technology

    Published Works

    • The Art of the Expert Deposition
    • Special Funds Continuing Legal Education course

    Tenure at firm

      • October 2018

    Your Legal Superpower

      • My ability to see the entirety of a case, even last minute.  I can see the entire battlefield the way Payton Manning sees a defense.
      • I am often underestimated in testimony.  I have been told that Claimant’s will often comment to that counsel about how they hope that nice attorney is there, this especially comes in handy for fraud claims when they assume that my kind smile, affirmative comments, and cordial nature means that I believe them.

    Pets and Hobbies

      • Noble- a 2.5 year old Chihuahua and Jack Russell Terrier we rescued 2 years ago

      • Emmy Grace- a 3.5 year old Chihuahua and Miniature Pinscher mix we rescued 1 year ago

      • Wojo – a 9 year old black cat we rescued as a kitten

      • Adult tap dancing taught by a former Rockette who puts on a fantastic Christmas show

      • Swimming and being a travel softball coach (happily recently demoted back to regular travel softball mom, which means I don’t have to fill in to run bases during practice and I can stop showing off the slides and dives that I always regret the next day)