Shannon M. Lang

Growing up in the great northwest near Seattle, Washington, Shannon Lang’s fondest memories of childhood are of “fishing and crabbing” on her family’s boat in the Puget Sound. One of three siblings of hard working parents, Shannon learned early on that simple communication skills could go a long way in achieving her goals.

“My parents were always very supportive and helped us in every way they could. They always took the time to talk with us and encourage us and I think that made a big difference for me.”

She was the first in her family to pursue a career in law, a choice she made in junior high school after a field trip to the local court house.

“We had an attorney come to school during one of those career days and then we took a field trip to the court house and I loved it. I immediately thought ‘I want to be a lawyer!’ but at that time I really didn’t know what a lawyer did.”

She found out by attending Washington State University and majoring in criminal justice, with a minor in sociology. After graduating with honors (Magna Cum Laude), she attended Whittier Law School in Southern California passing the California State Bar in 2000.

“I had been clerking for a firm specializing in tax law and after graduation they offered me a job, so I decided to stay in Southern California to work even though I had planned to return to Washington.”

After almost a year of learning the ropes of tax law, Shannon decided to return to her home state and look for new opportunities. She found her niche in Workers’ Comp.

“I found that I really didn’t like tax law and when I got into Workers’ Comp it opened a whole new world. It was challenging and there was much more interaction with clients. I found that I really liked that interaction.”

Years later, Shannon returned to her home state of Washington. After passing the Washington State Bar, she spent the next four years working in Seattle.  

“I did some work on the plantiff’s side, working in personal injury, but I found that I liked defense better. For me it’s all about addressing complex issues and understanding the people involved. Sometimes just taking the time to listen can make all the difference in finding the best resolution for my clients.”

When the opportunity to join Benthale McKibbin and McKnight arose, Shannon was happy to fly down from Seattle and interview for the job in their Los Angeles office.

“I enjoyed my time in Southern California and thought I might like to return. After interviewing with Ed Benthale and Mike McKibbin, I knew this was the place for me.”

She joined the firm in March, 2014 and is now a part of the growing team in the Los Angeles office.

“I feel like I am right where I am supposed to be. The work environment is great and every day brings a new opportunity to connect with people. I like to get to know the people and case facts on a personal level.”

Away from work, Shannon still enjoys the outdoors and loves to spend vacations back at home with her parents on the boat.

“I’m terrible at sports,” she says with a smile in her voice. “But, I do go to the gym and I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I always enjoy meeting people with like minds and values.”