Victoria Shannon is an Assistant Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law. She is an expert on third-party funding of litigation and arbitration, international arbitration, investment treaty arbitration, alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and civil procedure.
Professor Shannon was recently appointed to the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA), made up of the top academics in the field of international arbitration from around the globe. She is also a Member of the Task Force on Third-Party Funding jointly organized by the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), which is the premier international commercial arbitration policy and membership organization, and Queen Mary University of London. The mission of the Task Force is to develop guidelines and norms for third-party funding by bringing together leading third-party funders, State parties, private parties, arbitrators, counsel, arbitral institutions, leading academics in the field, and representatives from trade and regulatory authorities, such as national bar associations, the Civil Justice Council, the Association of Litigation Funders, the International Bar Association, and the American Bar Association (ABA) Section on International Law.
Professor Shannon co-authored a book entitled Third-Party Funding in International Arbitration (2012: Wolters Kluwer) and a book chapter entitled “The 2012 ICC Rules of Arbitration” in Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation: The Fordham Papers (2011), Arthur Rovine, ed. (2012: Brill / Martinus Nijhoff Publishers). She frequently speaks at conferences around the world on cutting-edge topics, such as third-party funding, ethics, class arbitration, case consolidation, insolvency, enforcing arbitral awards, and managing document production effectively. Professor Shannon also previously served as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School where she co-taught “Introduction to Investment Arbitration.”
Professor Shannon served for five years as Deputy Director of Arbitration and ADR in North America for the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). In this capacity, Professor Shannon advised government attorneys, in-house counsel and law firm attorneys on all phases of arbitration, mediation and ADR, including negotiating and drafting dispute resolution clauses, selecting neutrals and enforcing arbitral awards. She also assisted the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), which serves as the United States National Committee to the ICC, in nominating arbitrators, mediators, and experts for ICC Cases.
Prior to joining the ICC, Professor Shannon served as an associate with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, where she specialized in complex tax credit and municipal bond financing arrangements for affordable housing and community development real estate transactions, as well as matters involving American Indian tribes. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, she traveled to New Orleans in January 2006 to assist the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Fair Housing Project with two housing discrimination claims.
Professor Shannon participated in the inaugural 2003-2004 class of the Harvard University Management Fellowship Program, during which time she served as External Relations Fellow in Harvard’s Office of Government, Community and Public Affairs.
Professor Shannon holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a law degree from Harvard Law School. She is a member of the bar in New York, New Jersey and the District of Columbia.