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Shannon James

Shannon James, JD

Senior Trust Officer

Shannon serves as Senior Trust Officer concentrating on special needs trusts, as well as guardianships for disabled adults and minor children. She has extensive experience working within the various court systems, as well as assisting beneficiaries and their families to navigate complex public benefits, care management decisions, and the financial implications. Shannon is grateful to have the opportunity to work with clients and their support systems to assist them in living a full life with dignity.

Prior to joining MTC, Shannon worked in the Adult Guardianship Division of the Cook County Office of the Public Guardian. As an attorney for the Public Guardian, she devised detailed case plans for people under guardianship, including the development of long-term individualized budgets, evaluating the sale of real and personal property, planning for public benefits, identifying investment needs, and assisting in the creation of special needs trusts. Shannon previously served as an attorney and guardian ad litem in the Juvenile Division where she represented juvenile clients with complex emotional and medical needs through collaboration with medical and mental health professionals.

Shannon obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Kenyon College and her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).