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Diversity & Inclusion 2022: Shoshanah Shanes

Associate Attorney, Lathrop GPM LLP

Shoshanah ShanesAs a lawyer in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group, Shoshanah Shanes is used to finding equitable solutions for her clients.

But she also believes that pursuing equity is vital in all aspects of the law and society.

“I am most proud of the strides my firm is making to recruit, support and promote diverse attorneys and leaders,” she writes. “I am proud to co-chair my firm’s LGBTQ+ Allies Inclusion Network as we educate, support and uplift our LGBTQ+ attorney and staff, as well as LGBTQ+ individuals in our communities.”

To that end, Shanes is also a part of Lathrop’s Recruitment Committee helping to bring new faces and voices to the table. Last year, she co-moderated a “Diverse Perspectives from the Bench” event by BAMSL.

The Washington University graduate has built a track record of success representing commercial lenders across the nation in payment enforcement and has helped businesses of all sizes in dealing with issues ranging from employment discrimination to franchising disputes. Her practice also includes financial services matters and estates litigation involving breach of fiduciary claims.

Shanes has extensive pro bono experience as well helping domestic violence victims with orders of protection and working as appointed counsel to incarcerated individuals on Section 1983 claims.

What goal remains unfulfilled for you as an attorney and advocate for Diversity & Inclusion?

There’s always work to be done to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive firm and practice of law.  I am focused on assisting, through pro bono representation, marginalized individuals in need of legal assistance as they navigate the American legal system.  Specifically, I am working towards representing diverse victims of domestic violence.

What must Missouri’s legal community do to promote meaningful and long-term diversity within its legal/justice system?

Firms, corporations and public interest groups must continue to support and promote diverse attorneys and professionals.  It is not enough to merely recruit a diverse class.  We must provide diverse individuals with support, resources and mentorship and then promote them to leadership positions where they can bring their diverse perspectives to the table.

Complete this sentence:

I consider it a successful day when I work out in the morning, assist my clients with challenging legal work and take a long walk with my wife and dogs in the evening.

Tell us something that most people don’t know about you:

I played in a queer flag football league throughout law school.

2022 Diversity & Inclusion Awards