When she started law school, Shauna Manion imagined she would eventually pursue policy law. However, she took an interest in standard law, which came as a surprise.
“I went to law school thinking I would be interested in bigger picture policy, but I became fascinated with traditional classes like civil procedure. The whole process of brief writing and researching made me want to switch gears,” she said.
Since September 2014, Manion has worked as an associate attorney at Nistler Law Office, specializing in business and commercial litigation, real-estate litigation and criminal defense.
“Shauna is a thoughtful and thorough advocate for our clients. She diligently prepares, seeing the big picture while still paying attention to detail,” said Brent Nistler, founder of Nistler Law.
“Over the past four years she has handled every aspect of litigation from writing and arguing briefs, taking depositions, trying cases and handling appeals. Our clients like Shauna because she is a great listener, very empathetic to what they are going through and an efficient problem solver.”
Before joining Nistler Law Office, Manion was a clerk for the IRS Office of Chief Counsel in Washington, D.C., working with small businesses and special industries before returning to her hometown of Milwaukee to begin private practice.
“As a Penn grad, she did not have the luxury of a built-in Wisconsin legal network, so she immediately sought out opportunities to get to know and serve the legal community here,” said Jean DiMotto, who is of counsel at Nistler Law.
Notably, Manion joined the Association for Women Lawyers and quickly took on leadership roles and is now president-elect. Manion was also the chairwoman of the planning committee that organized the AWL’s Women Judges Night.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to work at a smaller firm where I am exposed to all aspects of cases,” Manion said. “As a kid I was always interested in government and legislation, so in a way my life has come full circle, and I am exactly where I am supposed to be.”