Partner Shannon T. O’Connor, associate Sarah K. Spencer, and associate Bradley J. Stevens have been presented with the distinguished Amicus Service Award from the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) for their service to the organization’s Legal Advocacy program in a recent case brought against the city of Syracuse.
IMLA is a prestigious non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. that serves as a legal resource for local government attorneys. Amicus Service Awards recognize attorneys who are actively involved in legal advocacy for and on behalf of local governments and IMLA, and who have done exemplary work to protect and advance local government interests.
Shannon’s practice focuses on municipal and governmental liability, professional liability, general liability, and matters involving employment and labor. She defends public and private clients in a range of matters in both federal and state court, and has taken nearly 10 trials to verdict in the Northern District of New York on Section 1983 civil rights matters and Title VII employment discrimination cases. She also has significant appellate experience, and has submitted several briefs to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Before joining Goldberg Segalla, Shannon served for several years as assistant corporation counsel for the city of Syracuse.
In 2016 and after a rigorous application process that included peer review and a written examination, Shannon was named a Local Government Fellow of IMLA, a program that recognizes highly skilled attorneys practicing in the field of local government law. In 2018, she was honored with the IMLA Marvin J. Glink Award, which recognizes the top remarkable lawyers working in the private sector on behalf of public clients. She currently serves as IMLA’s New York State Co-Chair.
Sarah, an associate in the firm’s Syracuse office, possesses a deep and varied background in environmental law and policy, resource management, and land use. She previously worked as an environmental analyst and technical writer, performing site inspections and preparing hundreds of environmental reports for commercial, industrial, and residential properties.
Brad, an associate in the Albany and Buffalo offices, defends insured businesses, municipalities, and individuals in a variety of complex liability matters in state and federal trials and appeals throughout New York, and also represents clients before the New York State Division of Human Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and Small Claims Court.
IMLA will recognize Shannon, Sarah, and Brad during an awards ceremony at the organization’s Mid-Year Seminar in Washington, D.C. on March 29.