Joseph J. Shannon - Bodman PLC

Joseph J. Shannon

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013

Mr. Shannon helps corporate and individual clients resolve large, multifaceted business disputes through negotiation, litigation, or alternative dispute resolution processes. He has served clients in nearly every major industry with a particular focus on the automotive and industrial sectors, construction companies, and financial institutions. Mr. Shannon has served as lead counsel in complex matters requiring the management of large litigation teams, dozens of witnesses, millions of pages of documentary evidence, and complex e-discovery issues.

Recent matters in which Mr. Shannon has served as lead counsel include the following.

  • Represented officers and directors of an oil and gas exploration, development, and services company against claims including breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract exceeding $150 million. Mr. Shannon attacked the claimants’ efforts to force arbitration, filing a successful circuit court action for declaratory relief. Through his aggressive action, Mr. Shannon persuaded the court to dismiss his clients from the arbitration and, as a result of leverage generated by that result, achieved the full release of all claims against them.
  • Defended the consumer automotive finance arm of one of North America’s largest banks in an administrative action by the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services. The department’s demands would have required his client to retroactively reallocate consumer payments at a cost of approximately $10 million in operating costs and credits to former accounts. Through negotiating skill and political acumen, Mr. Shannon convinced the regulators to settle on highly favorable terms with total costs to his client of a few hundred thousand dollars.
  • Represented a metal casting foundry that is a Tier-1 automotive supplier in connection with its purchase of two iron foundries in Mexico. Following the purchase, the client engaged Mr. Shannon to pursue representation and warranty claims and the relevant indemnity. Mr. Shannon worked with his client to investigate, document, and ultimately settle the claims, totaling approximately $6 million, on favorable terms.
  • Represented a publicly-traded high tech manufacturer seeking millions of dollars in damages as an oppressed minority shareholder in a software development company. Though shareholder cases rarely survive summary judgment, Mr. Shannon navigated complex Michigan and Delaware law, convincing the court to deny defendants’ summary judgment motion, leading to a quick and favorable settlement for his client.
  • Defended a multinational manufacturer against breach of warranty claims exceeding $25 million involving alleged defects in parts it provided to an OEM maker of truck transmissions. The matter involved complex engineering concepts, discovery from hundreds of persons, and the coordination of forensic and remediation engineering processes. Mr. Shannon successfully guided the client and adversary to a favorable settlement for his client.
  • Represented a structural steel contractor in a complex matter arising from the construction of a dormitory plaza at a large public university, recovering millions of dollars in disputed payments for his client.
  • Represented the minority shareholder of a substantial contracting company in a multimillion-dollar action asserting minority oppression and appraisal rights. Mr. Shannon successfully tried the case in the Court of Chancery in Delaware, achieving a highly favorable verdict for his client. 

Additional Information

Court Admissions — Admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court
  • University of Southern CaliforniaBA 1981 University of Notre Dame Law SchoolJ.D. 1985
    Irish/American Lawyers Association Detroit Metropolitan Bar AssociationCatholic Lawyers Society

    Office Location

    Ford Field, Sixth Floor
    1901 Saint Antoine Street
    Detroit, MI 48226
    United States

    Practice Areas

    Commercial Litigation