Biography
“As a client of Hedrick Gardner, I enjoy the ease of having MSA’s prepared by Shannon; however, more importantly, I have been
impressed by the knowledge and professionalism she brings to the table.” – Jan Pinion, Manager, Workers’ Compensation Claims/Claims Management

Shannon is a partner in the firm’s Charlotte office and represents a variety of carriers and employers, from small businesses to large Fortune 500 companies, in the defense of workers’ compensation claims.  Her clients include reputable retail and insurance companies, as well as professional sports teams throughout the country.  As a Medicare Set-Aside Certified Consultant (MSCC), her practice also focuses heavily on Medicare Secondary Payer Act compliance.  Shannon is an active member of the North Carolina State Bar, North Carolina Bar Association, North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, Mecklenburg County Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, and the National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals.

Shannon is AV peer-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was selected to North Carolina’s 2010 Rising Stars list in Workers’ Compensation, published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines®. She was also listed as one of Business Leader’s 2011 Movers & Shakers. Additionally, Shannon was recognized in the 2014 listing in The Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers.

Shannon provides legal counsel, consulting services, and training in regard to Medicare Compliance matters, including but not limited to,

  • Insurer compliance under the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Act and as regulated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS);
  • Counsel regarding the need for Medicare Set-Aside Allocations, preparation of Medicare Set-Aside Allocations, and submission of Medicare Set-Aside Allocations to CMS for approval;
  • Consideration of Medicare’s interest in all stages of litigated and non-litigated workers’ compensation and liability matters, including facilitation of the settlement process, addressing options for resolving Medicare claims, resolution of conditional payment lien issues, and preparation of settlement documents to adequately address Medicare concerns; and
  • Mandatory insurer (RRE) reporting compliance under Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (MMSEA).
Experience and Involvement

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC INVOLVEMENT:

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside professionals
  • North Carolina Public Risk Management Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals

PUBLICATIONS:

PRESENTATIONS:

  • Is Your Claim READY for a Medicare Set Aside Allocation?, North Carolina Public Risk Management Association (NCPRIMA) Annual Conference (September 2019)
  • Medicare Conditional Payment Liens, North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA) Annual Meeting (June 2017)
  • MSA Updates, Private Cause of Action & Medicare Advantage Plans, NC Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section Annual Meeting (February 2017)
  • WCMSA Re-Review Process, NAMSAP 2016 Annual Meeting (September 2016)
  • Private Cause of Action & Avoiding Double Damages, Medicare Secondary Payer Master Class Conference (January 2016)
  • Medicare Case Law Update, Mastering the Medical Portion of the Case Seminar (April 2014)
  • Medicare Compliance Trends in Trenches, NAMSAP presentation (January 2014)
  • Medicare’s Interest in Liability Claims, National Business Institute presentation (October 2013)
  • Strengthening Medicare & Repaying Taxpayers Act (SMART), H.R. 1845, NCPRIMA Fall Educational Conference (September 2013)
  • A Legal Road Map Through the Medicare Secondary Payer Act, NC Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section Annual Meeting (February 2013)
  • Medicare’s Mandatory Reporting Requirements, Medicare Secondary Payer Conference (October 2012)
  • Regular speaker at client seminars on topics including Medicare Secondary Payer compliance and workers’ compensation claims (annually)
Honors

HONORS:

  • AV peer-rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Selected to North Carolina’s 2010 Rising Stars list in Workers’ Compensation, published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Listed as one of Business Leader’s 2011 Movers & Shakers
  • Recognized in the 2014 listing in The Bar Register of Preeminent Woman Lawyers
  • Mecklenburg County Volunteer Attorney of the Year, 2006