Shannon R. Dunham

Member

St. Louis, Missouri

Phone: 314.812.2761

Fax: 314.812.2762

sdunham@shermanhoward.com

Education

  • LL.M. in Taxation, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, 1999
  • Juris Doctor, Washburn University School of Law, May 1998
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and Business Marketing, with honors, Southern Illinois University, 1995

Shannon Dunham represents companies of varying sizes in business and transactional matters, including the acquisition and sale of assets, and the negotiation of enterprise-level agreements, including software and content licensing, and other intellectual property-related agreements. She advises companies on their general operations and a host of business matters.

Backed by two decades of cable and telecommunications industry experience, including nine years at Charter Communications, Shannon led the legal support for divisional operations, mergers and acquisitions, and marketing practices for several years. She leverages that experience to serve her many communications industry clients today. In each instance, Shannon listens carefully to her clients and asks the right questions to gain a clear understanding of their business needs and goals. By integrating into the client’s operations, she is able to respond swiftly, identify issues and opportunities, and address operational issues effectively. Always striving for efficiency and risk avoidance, she takes a proactive approach, identifying concerns and proposing solutions before problems arise.

Representing multiple clients including several cable and communications companies, Shannon has extensive experience in negotiating consulting agreements, development and nondisclosure agreements, programming agreements, and other operational and transactional contracts. Her experience further extends to advising on procurement and consumer protection issues, developing Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and ethics reporting programs, and handling retransmission consent negotiations. Further, she has led, managed, and coordinated interdisciplinary teams on numerous special projects.

Shannon maintains certain niche practices. She advises clients on advertising and promotions, and issues regarding sweepstakes, contests, and giveaways. As a long-time yoga and fitness instructor, Shannon brings firsthand knowledge in and experience in advising fitness centers on operations contracts, promotions, and general business issues.

Experience

  • Negotiated billions of dollars in transactional agreements for Charter Communications, Inc. over two decades, including verifying multiple system acquisitions and divestitures structured to enhance geographical efficiencies. The disposition of rural cable systems presented unique challenges as the industry launched advanced services, and ultimately positioned Charter to complete a merger with Time Warner Cable.
  • Negotiated three retransmission consent cycles for Clarity Telecom, LLC. Managed the increasing costs of sports and entertainment programming while setting a foundation to enable Clarity to expand operations into new markets.
  • Launched an on-demand content distribution platform for Core Power Yoga, LLC. The client had a short window in which to complete the production, licensing, and distribution agreements. Worked closely with the client to launch the services efficiently.
  • Completed the wind-down of a client’s fantasy sports subsidiary. Negotiated and managed the early termination of multiple operating agreements to minimize cost and disruption to the client’s ongoing operations.
  • Coordinated with a multi-agency Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to draft an information-sharing agreement.  Regulatory limitations on sharing certain types of protected data were balanced with the agencies’ need to facilitate a free flow of information in the interest of public health and safety.

Publications & Presentations

  • Contract Definitions and Boilerplate: Hidden Challenges and Opportunities
    St. Louis Business Law Presentation | June 2017
  • The Power of the Network
    Connections to Success Women’s Conference | May 2008
  • Win-Win Negotiations
    SIUE Women’s Philanthropy and Leadership Workshop | April 2008
  • Cable Advertising Law Annual Update
    Charter Communications Enterprise Marketing Team | April 2003-2008
  • “A Blogger in their Midst” Case Study
    Women in Cable Telecommunications | August 2007
  • Puffery – When is a Statement a Claim?
    Charter Communications Enterprise Marketing Team | October 2006
  • Free Advice- Understanding the FTC Guide on Use of Free in Advertising
    Charter Communications Enterprise Marketing Team | October 2005
  • A Primer on Cable Advertising Law
    Charter Communications Enterprise Marketing Team | April 2002

Professional Activities

  • Meridian Society
  • Fellow, Betsy Magness Leadership Institute Class XV
  • Women in Cable Telecommunications Midwest Chapter
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates Jersey County Illinois Chapter

 

CIVIC ACTIVITIES

  • Erce, LLC
    • A company formed to develop training curriculum and programs for executive development.