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Shannan W Leelyn

About Shannan Leelyn

About me

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.


Licensed 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.


Attorney 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.