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Shannon E. Payne

Child custody Attorney at Santa Monica, CA

5.0   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2013
    Active No misconduct found

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About Shannon

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Shannon E. Payne is a graduate of the University of La Verne College of Law in Ontario, California. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Missouri, with a Minor in Hispanic Studies and a Certificate in Women and Gender Studies.


As an undergrad, Shannon interned at, and later worked for, Legal Advocates for Abused Women, which provides legal assistance to victims of domestic violence. While in law school, Shannon volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for the Los Angeles Dependency Court’s CASA program. During law school she worked for a medium-sized real estate firm and found she preferred a practice area that involved more client contact. After law school, Shannon worked for a boutique civil litigation firm, predominantly in Personal Injury Litigation and Family Law. This is where she was introduced to the benefits of small firm practice.  Since joining the California Bar Association, Shannon volunteers with the L.A. County Bar Association Domestic Violence Project as a Pro Bono Attorney, and started Payne Law Group.

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Payne Law Group
2530 Wilshire Blvd.
3nd Floor
Santa Monica, CA, 90403


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Posted by judy | April 5, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Brilliant, extraordinarily kind, and generous, special person!!!
I called Shannon's office last week, regarding complex, atypical, domestic violence issues, with an individual located in Los Angeles. Shannon was recommended by lawyer Kelly Chang. Shannon personally, returned my call the next day. I have been searching for legal help for over 3 years. Shannon is the first lawyer to substantially help me. I wish I could have her as my attorney! Unfortunately, Shannon informed me, I would need to find an attorney in NY- where I reside. Shannon listened to my story for two hours- free of charge- even though she knew, I would not be able to hire her!! Shannon displayed exceptional compassion, and kindness- while advising me re: the best course ahead. Shannon is the first person, to take time to listen carefully, and give me hope for the future. Her youth proved advantageous, in understanding technological aspects of my case. The sweet smile in her photo gave me the courage to call her- since I have dreaded calling attorneys after so many have been so unkind and disrespectful- (most hung up /cut me off in less than 5 minutes). Shannon's photo did not lie- she is an honest, sweet person- of great integrity. I will be forever grateful to her. As a young woman who understands complex female gender issues involving domestic violence- I can't recommend her highly enough! Thank you Shannon.
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Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A tough, diplomatic, emotionally intelligent attorney
Ms.Payne is the best attorney I've ever worked with. I was dealing with a custody case that wasn't only about custody but about protecting myself and child from abuse during exchanges and allowing me to have employment without the other parents interference due to spite. The other parents attorney had no issue slandering me and appeared to allow her client to fabricate whatever they perceived helped their case. Ms.Payne was very ethical, but tactical and found very substantial, truthful evidence that showed the other parent to be not credible in their false claims. She also listened to me when I told her specific items that were important for my child's best interest and she passionately but respectfully got the court to rule in my favor. Ms. Payne works hard and thorough with minimal drama, she handles narcissistic and Cluster-B personality types with a poised, firm, diplomatic approach that is less argumentative and more about finding a solution while protecting her client and their position.
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Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I consulted with Shannon Payne regarding my custody battle. Shannon was always there for me from the beginning ...she returned my phone calls, emails, and answered all of my questions. She is a fighter. She is professional. She is well-informed. She had good ideas about strategy. She caught the important fine details. I would highly recommend Shannon Payne to anyone who is looking for a good lawyer.
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Posted by Javier | November 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
In my opinion...." Hands Down the BEST "
When I cam to her she explained the importance of removing the emotion and the importance of moving forward in a sensible direction. Integrity, Personal attention and Responsiveness !!! Communication is her forte, and the assurance of exploring the many options that may be available. Extremely patient and immensely knowledgeable. I was BLESSED to have her represent me in a time when I was overwhelmed. Stop looking as I interviewed many attorneys. She is the BEST!!!
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Posted by Gurvinder | January 21, 2015
Divorce lawyer
attorney with good knowlege & experience. Explained my divorced & always replied my emails regarding my queries with in hours.
Posted by Lonnie | January 13, 2015
Extremely knowledgable and there when you need her!
Shannon has become my go to for any and all legal advice. One of her strongest attributes is her ability to communicate well with anyone. She always makes herself available to answer any and all questions you may have. She is affordable, efficient and keeps you informed on your case! I recommend her to anyone without hesitation!
Posted by Madison | February 6, 2014
My first call!
Shannon is my first call when I have a legal dilemma. I have used her for review of all my business contracts. I refer all my friends and colleagues to her and they are never disappointed.
Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2014
Restraining Order
Ms. Payne helped me to get a restraining order. She was very thorough, knowledgeable, kind and extremely supportive. She answered all my questions and explained them with such clarity so I knew what I was in for. Never sugar coated and honest. I would definitely hire her again.
Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2014
Best decision I've ever made!
The best lawyer money could buy. As a former client, Shannon is the only attorney I run to, for legal advise. She's tough, informative, intelligent, and not to mention devastatingly good looking. I wouldn't trust anyone else.
Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2013
Helped me out immensely
Ms. Payne was a professional, excellent, and trustworthy attorney. Her knowledge of current legal issues helped me immensely. I had questions about an unlawful detainer and eviction case. Though she specializes in family law, she was able to help me on the specifics of my case which I found overwhelming. She was passionate about helping me and I felt like I was in good hands the entire time. I will definitely hire again.
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Posted by James | August 6, 2013
I recommend this lawyer. I use Ms. Payne to review and revise my business contracts. She is affordable and always explains uncommon terms. She makes sure my interests are protected and I will continue to use her in the future.
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Payne Law Group
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Manny Ibay
  • 2013 - Present
  • Paralegal
  • Law Offices of Manny Ibay
  • 2009 - 2013


  • University of La Verne College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • Mediation Concepts
  • Certificate
  • N/A
  • University of Missouri
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Domestic Violence Trial
  • Client awarded sole custody
  • Defense of Child Custody Modification
  • Request successfully denied.
  • Child Protection Plan
  • Parties agreed and executed document.
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  • Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • LACBA - DV Project
  • Pro Bono Attorney
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association
  • CASA
  • 2007 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Certificate of Tribute
  • Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law
  • 2015


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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (7)
Endorse Shannon
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Payne has a strong reputation in the legal community for providing quality legal services while giving personal attention to every aspect of her client's case. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Family Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with her on many family law matters. She is very diligent in her work and gets things done right away."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Shannon is top notch. She's knowledgeable, professional, and a zealous advocate. I highly recommend."
Family Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Payne and I collaborate on all kinds of interesting and complex family law issues. Ms. Payne is creative and empathetic towards her clients. She is able to come up with innovative solutions to the most heart wrenching family problems. I highly recommend her for your family law needs."
Family Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Payne is patient, diligent, and will work hard to provide you with multiple ways of solving your problems. Ms. Payne is accessible and always available to answer her client's questions. She spends a lot of her time keeping up with the newest laws and trends in the legal world. Ms. Payne also makes being involved in her community a priority. Ms. Payne is an excellent attorney and I would recommend her to anyone in the Los Angeles area for their family law or personal injury issues."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Payne is an empathetic, passionate advocate. She treats her clients with dignity and respect during what is usually a very hard time in their lives. Ms. Payne is a pleasure to work with as she exhibits exceptional professionalism."
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