Shannon K. Patton has spent her entire career as a management side labor and employment attorney, with an emphasis on employment litigation, wage and hour issues and corporate counseling. While she has particular expertise with wage and hour issues and litigation, she also counsels clients with respect to an array of employment issues, including:

  • Wage and hour audits and compliance
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) obligations
  • Reductions-in-force
  • Employee discipline/termination
  • Discrimination and harassment issues
  • Internal investigations
  • Contract negotiations
  • Labor relations issues

Additionally, Shannon counsels corporations in virtually every line of business including:

  • Corporate
  • Manufacturing
  • Real estate
  • Energy
  • Retail
  • Creative
  • Health care
  • Hospitality
  • Service industry
  • Public sector
  • Nonprofits

In addition to private practice, Shannon has in-house corporate counsel experience. She served as senior labor and employment counsel at American Greetings, a Fortune 1000 company.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association


Ohio State Bar Association

Member, Board of Trustees

Welcome House, Inc.


Founding Member

Irish American Law Society of Cleveland



Cleveland Employment American Inn of Court


Member, Board of Trustees

Catholic Cemeteries Association

Diocese of Cleveland



Named, The Best Lawyers in America©


Awarded, Woman of Professional Excellence



Named, Rising Star


Super Lawyers

2005, 2006, 2009

News, Analysis & Press

Books & Book Chapters

  • Wage and Hour Answer Book, Aspen Publishing, contributing author, 2009

Speaking Engagements

2019 Ohio Employer Conference

Cleveland, OH

October 10, 2019

2018 Ohio Regional Employer Conference

Cleveland, OH

October 18, 2018

Pay Equity: A Rapidly Expanding Frontier

Northern Ohio Industry Liasions Group

July 26, 2017

Predicting the Unpredictable: What the Trump Administration May Mean for Employers

IPMA-HR, Cleveland, OH

March 30, 2017

Effectively Communicating with In-House Counsel

15th Annual Northern Ohio Labor & Employment Law Conference, Labor and Employment Law Section - Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland, OH

April 23, 2015

Armoring Employers Against FLSA Class Actions

2014 Ohio Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Warrensville Heights, OH

October 23, 2014

The Future of Contingent Workers

Association of Corporate Counsel, Northeast Ohio Chapter

September 18, 2014

Wage and Hour Issues in the Health Care Industry

Annual Meeting – Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA)

April 30, 2014

Who’s an Employee? Independent Contractors, Interns, Temporary and Contingent Workers

2013 Ohio Regional Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Cleveland, OH

October 24, 2013

Wage and Hour Issues in the Health Care Industry

Annual Meeting - Ohio Health Care Association

May 2, 2013

Ten Ways Employers Are – Inadvertently – Violating the FLSA

Ohio Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Cleveland, OH

October 25, 2012


  • J.D., The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, 1998
  • B.A., Miami University, 1995Honors

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan