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Shannon L. Kennedy - Albuquerque, NM

1000 Second Street NorthWest Albuquerque, NM 87102

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Updated: 09/12/2022

Albuquerque Police Misconduct Lawyer


Shannon experienced a pivotal moment in her career as a criminal defense attorney when she asked herself, who do I want to represent? People who can afford the best attorney, or vulnerable populations whose story too often goes unheard? Shannon made her decision. Not long thereafter, during a trial, she received a small hand-written note from her client, a girl too young to be in court that day, a girl who'd been sexually assaulted by a teacher. It read: Thank you for fighting for me...

About Shannon L. Kennedy

Practice Areas

  • Police Misconduct
  • Sexual Violence
  • Wrongful Death
  • Children and Youth

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner


Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1998

Other Affiliations

  • New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association (Member)
  • New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association (Member)
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Member)


  • City University of New York School of Law at Queens College, Flushing, New York
    Honors: Revson Fellowship
    Honors: Top 10%, First Year Law Class
    Honors: United Nations Human Rights Project
    Honors: Law Clinic
  • University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1994
    Honors: International Moot Court Team
    Law Review: UNM Law Review, State Constitutional Law - Refusing to Turn the Other Cheek - New Mexico Rejects Federal Good Faith Exception to the Exclusionary Rule: State v. Gutierrez, , 1994
  • University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1994
    Major: Latin American Studies
  • University of Oregon
    Honors: With Honors
    Major: International Relations
    Major: Spanish

Classes and Seminars

  • Continuing Legal Education Classes, Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • CLE Seminar on Police Misconduct, ACLU-NM, 2002
  • Speaker, Panel Discussion, Damages in Civil Rights Cases, AAJ annual convention, Boston, MA, 2017
  • Speaker, Media Communications in the High Profile Case, with Joseph Kennedy, AAJ Annual Convention, Los Angeles, CA, 2016
  • Speaker, Representing Children & Youth in Police Misconduct Cases, NPAP, NYC, 2016


Other Sources of Feedback About Shannon L. Kennedy

Included on the 2023 Southwest list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Southwest Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Southwest Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Southwest Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Southwest Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Southwest Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Southwest Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Southwest Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Southwest Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Southwest Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Southwest Super Lawyers — Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Southwest Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Southwest Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Southwest Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Shannon L. Kennedy on Super Lawyers


  • Awardee, NBA Wiley A. Branton, 2017

Representative Clients

  • Bruce Thompson, as Guardian Ad Litem for A.O., J.P. and G.G., Minor Children v. City of Albuquerque, et al. Case No. S-1-SC-35974
  • S.M., v. Bloomfield School District et al Case No. No. 1:16-cv-00823-SCY-WPL

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Office Information


1000 Second Street NorthWest Albuquerque, NM 87102


  • (505) 244-1406

Offers Free Initial Consultation


Accepts Credit Cards


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