WALTER E. SHANNON, ATTORNEY

wshannon@shannon-law.com
Phone: 608-882-5944
Fax: 608-882-6462
104 West Main Street, Suite 1
Evansville, WI 53536

Walter E. Shannon is a litigation and transactional attorney with over 28 years of practice experience. He regularly handles matters that concern creditor rights and collection law, family law, business law, non-profit organizations law, real estate law, and estate planning/ probate matters. Walter has many satisfied clients. We encourage you to see what Attorney Shannon’s Clients and Colleagues are saying about him by clicking on the “Testimonials” bar on this page.

Business Person

Along with his law practice, Walter has been a business executive for many years. He has also served as a board member for various businesses. The entities for whom Walter has served are often the economic anchors of the communities in which they are located. This non-legal service has helped Walter develop a keen awareness of the fact that every business has its own unique legal issues and limited resources with which to address them.

Business Law Practice

Walter is a business law attorney. He has served as in-house and outside counsel for companies of various sizes and fields. Walter has regularly assisted business owners in all aspects of business start-up including choosing appropriate business entities. He also provides legal services to businesses on such matters as taxes, contract drafting, stock transfers, and employment law matters. He has in-depth experience in the buying and selling of businesses, and regularly assists with business succession planning. Walter also litigates issues for his business clients.

Collection Practice

Walter is a creditor’s attorney. A large portion of his practice involves work for clients that need to collect debts and accounts receivable. These discerning creditor clients demand an attorney that is an experienced expert in the collection law and bankruptcy law areas. They also want legal counsel that is there with them through the process by being readily available to answer their questions and concerns as they arise. At the same time, they do not want to be charged an arm and a leg for the service. Walter and his experienced staff deliver on that expectation. The individuals or businesses that have the accrued debts owed to Walter’s clients are often the client’s neighbors. This fact creates a strong need for discretion and practicality during the collection process.

Estate Planning & Probate Practice

Walter’s estate planning background includes more than two decades of planning and drafting of wills and trusts for clients. He has helped hundreds of clients and families address life issues, deal with death, resolve conflict, and leave a legacy. Walter teaches seminars to planning professionals, employers and the general public on various estate planning and probate topics. Walter works closely with clients and their families to create solutions. He also works regularly with clients needing to address guardianship issues as they arise.

Litigation Practice

Walter has successfully handled personal injury cases, probate disputes, contested divorces, and contested collection and bankruptcy litigation. His view is that a matter should be resolved by the parties first rather than have his clients face the expense, uncertainty, and stress of litigation. However, there are times when litigation cannot be avoided and must be vigorously pursued.

Real Estate Practice

Walter’s real estate expertise focuses on such areas as: commercial, residential and farm purchase and sales, leasing, zoning approvals, construction liens, and site condominium documentation. Walter has assisted many local business owners, farmers, and residents with real estate sales or purchases. Walter also assists sellers and buyers that may wish to use land contracts and leases with the option to buy as a means to sell or buy homes.

Committed to Home and History

Walter grew up in Milton, Wisconsin. He practiced law in Michigan before returning to his home area. He enjoys old cars, fishing, reading about history, traveling and especially spending time with his wife, Nancy Greve-Shannon, and their four children.

Walter also co-owns the John M. Evans Hall with his wife Nancy. Through their labor and the labor of countless friends and family members,  this historical landmark was brought back from the brink of being demolished.  This building now houses the law office, Emma’s table and the local Evansville theater guild. Here is link to the John M. Evans Hall Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/John-M-Evans-Hall-122946618142138/

Bar Admissions

Michigan State Bar Association
Wisconsin State Bar Association
Wisconsin, U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
Wisconsin, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
Michigan, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Professional Affiliations

Wisconsin Bar Association
Michigan Bar Association
Rock County Bar Association
Madison Area Estate Planning Counsel
Community Bankers of Wisconsin
Collection Attorney and Arbitration Service Association
American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Conflict Resolution, and Mediation Exchange

Memberships and Community Service

Evansville Police Commission – Secretary, 2005 to present
Eager Free Public Library Board – Secretary and City Liaison, 2005 to present
Friends of Eager Free Public Library – Member and Donor, 2005 to present
Evansville Fund Community Foundation – Board of Directors, 2005 to 2011
Evansville Lions Club – Member, 2005 to present
Evansville Free Masons – Member, 2009 to present
Evansville Area Investors and Entrepreneurs Club – Member: 2007 to present; – Adviser: 2007 to 2010
Evansville Woodchucks – Member, 2008 to present
Evansville Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, Evansville, Wisconsin, – Member, 2005 to present
Arrowhead Library System – Board of Directors, 2006-2009
Evansville Ecumenical Care Closet – Volunteer, 2005-2006
Woman’s Life Insurance Society, Charitable Work, 1991-2005
Association of Fraternal Benefit Societies – Member, 1991 to present; Past President
Evansville Manor, Inc.: Skilled Nursing Facility – Board of Directors, 2011 to 2018
The Heights at Evansville Manor: Assisted Living Facility – Board of Directors, 2011 to 2018
Creekside Place, Inc., Evansville, Wisconsin.– Volunteer, 2010 to present

Education

  • Juris Doctor, 1990
Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Bachelor of Science, 1987
 University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Milton High School, 1982 Milton, Wisconsin

Awards

  • Membership Growth Award, Evansville Lions Club, Received: 2008, and 2009
  • Just Desserts Award for Outstanding Volunteerism, Evansville Community Partnership, Received: 2007 and 2011

 Publishing Credits and Articles

  • Washington Examiner, “How to Prepare for the Future,” Attorney Shannon Featured by freelance writer Joseph Tougas.
  • Broker World Magazine, “2002 Changes to Roth & Traditional IRAs,” August, 2002 ;“Top Ten Reasons to Take Money from IRAs,” May 2002
  • Evansville Review, “Registration of Livestock,” 2006; “Transfer on Death Deeds,” 2008.

 

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