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Shannan Leelyn, Esq. completed
her undergraduate work at the College of William & Mary, and
graduated as the Valedictorian from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California.  Before earning her Juris Doctorate and
concurrent Certificate in Law and Social Justice, Attorney Leelyn was selected to intern for the Honorable Jeffery B.
Barton of the San Diego Superior Court.


to practice law in California and Massachusetts, Attorney Leelyn's experience has covered
the full gambit of civil practice, including employment, property,
business, and contract litigation; civil rights work focusing on sex
and orientation discrimination, retaliation, Title IX claims, marriage
equality, and election integrity issues; as well as elder abuse,
personal injury, and medical malpractice cases.  She also has some
experience in family law, criminal defense, and appellate work.


Attorney Leelyn served as an Adjunct Professor of Law, teaching Legal Research and Writing to first year law students at her alma mater,
and accepted an invitation to be a guest lecturer for the American
Constitution Society, where she discussed constitutional issues related
to marriage equality.


Leelyn is also an accomplished writer and a published author.  Her
written work, which has garnered a nomination for the prestigious
Burton Award for Legal Achievement, explores the ways the war on drugs
has stymied the treatment of chronic, intractable pain; chronicles the
limited constitutional recourse transsexual inmates have when they are
housed strictly according to their birth sex; and examines the
potential pitfalls unmarried women face when they inseminate with a
known rather than an anonymous donor. 





Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 20%
  2. Estate Planning: 20%
  3. Contracts: 20%
  4. Appeals: 20%
  5. Civil Rights: 20%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Leelyn Law LLC

235 Greenfield Road Suite 11
South Deerfield, MA, 01373


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding Scholastic Achievement AwardThomas Jefferson School of LawN/A
Burton Award for Legal Achievement - NominationBurton FoundationN/A
Michael W. Greenberg National Writing CompetitionLavender LawN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Principal AttorneyPrivate Practice2009 - Present
OwnerAfternoons Off - Lawyers Helping Lawyers2008 - Present
Adjunct Law ProfessorThomas Jefferson Law2006 - 2008
Associate Attorney (Prior Clerk)Stock Stephens, LLP2005 - 2008
Judicial InternSan Diego Superior Court2004 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Franklin County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Massachusetts Bar AssociationN/AN/A
GLAD Gay and Lesbian Advocates and DefendersN/AN/A
Women's Bar Association of MassachusettsN/AN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Lavender Law's Michael W. Greenberg CompetitionPenal Implants: Transsexuals (Mis)Housed in the Criminal Justice System2005
Thomas Jefferson Law ReviewFailures in Pain Management: The Collision of Law and Medicine2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas Jefferson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
College of William and MaryPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Constitutional Citizenship DayApproaches to constitutional interpretation and impact on tangible rights.2014
Marriage Equality ForumConstitutional Issues Related to Marriage Equality2006