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A heart for service to others drew Shaunessy to a career in law.

During her undergraduate experience at Dillard University in New Orleans, Shaunessy wasn’t thinking only about getting an education. She also chose New Orleans so she could help its citizens get back on their feet during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

After graduating, she pursued a master’s degrees in public administration and political science at Suffolk University in Boston.

During that time, she decided that she wanted to pursue a law degree but knew she had more to learn. So, she applied to Teach for America, where she was selected from approximately 40,000 applicants to join the Corps.  She taught sixth-grade social studies for three years in Memphis before returning home to St. Louis for law school.

Now, as an associate, Shaunessy puts her background and service-minded ethos to work for clients.



  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law
    • Mel Friedman Fellow in Real Estate Law
    • Black Law Student Association- president 2019-2020
  • M.S., M.P.A., Suffolk University
    • Phi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society, Pi Alpha Alpha Public Administration National Honor Society
  • B.A., Dillard University
    • cum laude
    • Honors: Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Mu General Scholarship National Honor Society, Pi Gamma Mu Social Sciences International Honor Society, Alpha Chi National College Honor Society


  • Missouri
2023 Pro Bono Champion
Case Studies
Effectuating Property Transfer to Children After Mother's Passing Through Urban League Pro Bono Legal Intake Clinic

Our attorneys assisted a client in having her late mother’s home transferred to her and her siblings.

Missouri Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

Our team helped reinvigorate the oldest United Methodist church in Kansas City through a unique transfer of assets.

Essential Estate Planning Offers Peace of Mind to Ninety-Year-Old Widow Via Pro Bono Intake Clinic at Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis

Our attorneys assisted an elderly widow in setting up a power of attorney so that her daughter can help her manage her legal affairs.

Outside the Office

Shaunessy loves to travel and to add to her library card collection.