June 20, 2006
It is with great sadness that Kelley Drye announces the passing of one of the firm’s named partners, Thomas F. Shannon. Mr. Shannon passed away on the morning of June 23, 2006 after bravely facing cancer.
Mr. Shannon combined a superior legal intellect with well-honed political skills. He was man of substantial good humor and personality, which for those who knew him approximated a force of nature. He created an extraordinary career for himself and the members and employees of Collier Shannon Scott. The firm will miss him terribly.
“Tom was an inspiration to all of us. His leadership and friendship were extraordinary. His legacy is a firm built on the principles of superior client service and camaraderie,” explained Paul C. Rosenthal, Managing Partner of Kelley Drye. “We are all grieving with his wife Helen.”
Mr. Shannon founded Collier Shannon Scott, PLLC in 1963. The firm recently merged with Kelley Drye & Warren, LLP. He served as the firm’s Managing Partner for 20 years and Chairman of its International Trade Practice Group. Most recently, Mr. Shannon was Of Counsel to Kelley Drye.
Prior to founding Collier Shannon Scott, Mr. Shannon served as Chief Minority Counsel to U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations; Special Counsel for U.S. Senate Select Committee on Campaign Fraud; Legislative Assistant for United States Senator Styles Bridges (R-NH); and an Associate in the law firm of Lorimer and Perkins in Concord, NH. He earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College.