MELISSA MACHEN SHANNAHAN

ADMISSIONS

  • Supreme Court of Georgia, November 2009
  • Court of Appeals of Georgia, November 2009
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, November 2009
  • Superior Courts of Georgia, June 2009
  • Court of Appeals of Maryland, December 2003
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland, March 2004

EDUCATION

University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, MD
             Doctorate of Jurisprudence, May 2003

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
             Bachelor of Science, Sociology, May 1997

EXPERIENCE

  • Currently serve as an Associate Judge in the Magistrate Court of Walton County
  • Serve as Guardian ad Litem in Superior Courts, Juvenile Courts and Probate Courts across the region
  • Registered Neutral/Private Mediator
  • Former partner at Shannahan & Ware, LLC
  • Former Law Clerk for the Honorable Eugene M. Benton (Alcovy Circuit—Walton and Newton Counties)
  • Former Law Clerk for the Honorable Joseph P. Manck (Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, Annapolis, Maryland)

HONORS

University of Baltimore Law Review, Baltimore, MD
The University of Baltimore Law Forum, Baltimore, MD

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Registered Neutral with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution
  • Walton County Chamber of Commerce
  • Governmental Affairs Committee
  • Chamber Operations Task Force
  • State Bar of Georgia, Member
  • Walton County Bar Association, Member
  • Newton County Bar Association, Member
  • Partnership for Domestic Violence (Walton County), Member

GEOGRAPHIC AREAS SERVED

Walton County and Newton County (Alcovy Circuit) and surrounding areas, including Rockdale, Oconee, Clarke, Morgan, Barrow and more.