Shannon grew up in a number of communities in Northern Alberta before she graduated from high school in Peace River and moved to Edmonton to pursue her post-secondary studies at the University of Alberta. After completing three years of her undergraduate studies in political science, Shannon was accepted into the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta. During her studies, Shannon is proud that she was personally coached in oral advocacy by her then-professor Russell Brown, who has served as a justice on the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta, the Court of Appeal of Alberta, and is now a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Not long after Shannon completed her articles at a boutique firm in downtown Edmonton, she decided to specialize in legal research and writing. However, Shannon has made written and oral submissions before all levels of court in the province of Alberta, and has also provided written submissions to a variety of administrative tribunals. Besides practicing with boutique law firms specializing in litigation, Shannon has worked as counsel for the Alberta Law Reform Institute. Shannon first worked for Taylor & Company from 2012 to 2015, and resumed her practice in October 2017. Shannon also does freelance legal research and writing for Lancaster House, a publishing company based in Toronto, Ontario that specializes in labour, human rights, and employment law.
Shannon currently resides in Toronto, Ontario. In addition to her legal expertise, Shannon is a working artist with a studio located in the Academy of Realist Art, an atelier in Toronto. Shannon’s artwork has been included in a number of art shows and featured in several publications. Shannon’s other personal interests include cycling, dancing, listening to music, swimming, and reading.
- Law Society of Alberta, 2008
- Bachelor of Laws (with Distinction), University of Alberta, 2007
- Bachelor of Arts, University of Alberta, 2004 (3 of 4 years completed)
- Shannon Brochu, “Is it Time to Update the Matrimonial Property Act ?,” Matrimonial Property Issues Seminar, Legal Education Society of Alberta (2013).*
- Peter Lown & Shannon Brochu, “Models for Law Reform Commission Structure and Governance,” Australasian Law Reform Agencies Conference (2012).*
- Patrick Nugent & Shannon Brochu, “Whose Interests are Courts Protecting?” in Alberta Law Conference 2011: [papers] (Alberta Branch, Canadian Bar Association, 2011).*
- Russell Brown & Shannon Brochu, “Once More Unto the Breach: James v. British Columbia and Problems with the Duty of Care in Canadian Tort Law”, Case Comment, (2008) 45:4 Alta. L.R. 1071.*
*Shannon previously practiced and published under her married name, Shannon Brochu.