J. Scott Shannon, Attorney

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J. Scott Shannon devotes the significant portion of his practice to matters which include public entity land use/zoning law, architects/engineers liability, construction defect liability as well as construction site casualty and personal injury defense. Scott also defends county and municipal governments and attorneys in legal malpractice matters.

In 1986 Scott received is BA in History from the University of Delaware. Immediately thereafter, he entered the United States Marine Corps in which he was commissioned as an officer serving variously as an infantry platoon commander and assistant logistics officer in the First Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, and with the Second Marine Division Schools at Camp LeJeune during the First Gulf War.

Upon the completion of his military service and honorable discharge in 1991, Scott attended Widener University School of Law, Wilmington campus, serving as a member of the Delaware Journal for Corporate Law. After law school graduation, Scott was hired by the State of Delaware Department of Justice as a Deputy Attorney General assigned to the Civil Division. In that capacity, while working in the Major Litigation Group, Scott represented the State of Delaware Department of Correction on Constitutional challenges brought by inmates and others, as well as the Department of Labor in enforcing prevailing wage claims. His duties also included representing state agencies in Title VII labor and employment discrimination claims as well as bid challenges brought by prospective state contractors.

Having trained, and worked as, a professional auctioneer while in college, Scott donates his time to educational, charitable, and religious non-profit organizations several times annually to assist in their fund-raising auctions.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Obtained a settlement in a construction site death claim with exposure/demand in mid-seven figures and in which client, the primary defendant, had available only $300,000. which plaintiff accepted along with considerably higher contributions from other defendants with less exposure.


     In an environmental tort case brought by a community alleging well-water contamination, obtained a mid five-figure settlement for water utility client distributed amongst some 40 claimants by showing the science relied upon by plaintiffs was flawed.

  • Regularly involved in cases involving multiple parties, including construction defect cases on multi-million dollar commercial construction projects that routinely include the design team and subcontractor mechanics.

  • Land use litigation challenging zoning ordinances routinely involve several developers, including one case ongoing at present which, at one time, had 54 named petitioner/developers challenging a series of ordinances enacted by my county government client.

  • Successfully argued for and obtained a ruling in Delaware establishing Legislative Immunity and its corollary Legislative Privilege under Delaware decisional law.

  • Successfully argued an interpretation and application of the Delaware Construction Payments Act in the first such case to have been litigated in Delaware under that statute.

  • Successfully defended a municipality against tort claims in the context of building permit revocation obtaining decisional definition of Delaware's Tort Claims Act immunities.

  • Successfully argued and obtained decisional law defining attorney-client exemption from Freedom of Information Act requirements with respect to a municipality's deliberations.
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    Wilmington, DE 19801
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