Shannon Hampton Sutherland: Lawyer with Duane Morris LLP

Shannon Hampton Sutherland

Philadelphia,  PA  U.S.A.
Phone215 979 1104

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Practice Areas

  • Restrictive covenants - drafting
  • counseling
  • and litigation
  • Non-competition agreements
  • Non-solicitation agreements
  • Confidentiality
  • non-disclosure
  • and invention agreements
  • Distributor agreements - drafting
  • counseling
  • and litigation
  • Business tort and statutory claims
  • including
  • Trade secrets
  • Unfair competition
  • Tortious interference
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Fraud
  • Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
  • Breach of contract claims
  • Injunctions
  • Declaratory judgment actions
  • Complex business disputes
  • Zoning matters
  • Medical devices and life sciences
  • with particular experience with implantable device
  • biologics
  • and healthcare services companies
  • Facilities management services
  • Chemical
  • Paper/packaging
  • Software
  • Franchise
  • Construction
Contact InfoTelephone: 215 979 1104
Fax: 215 689 4956
University Temple University, B.A., Political Science/Spanish, summa cum laude, 1997 Minor in Economics; Certificate in Multilingual Business and Government Studies; Certificate in Political Economy; Phi Beta Kappa; Student Resident Representative
Law SchoolThe American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2002 Phi Delta Phi Legal Ethics Fraternity, Kennedy Inn, Clerk
Admitted2002, Pennsylvania and New Jersey; U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Professional Activities

•Mediator, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Landlord-Tenant Appellate Mediation Program
•Court-appointed Counsel, Eastern District of Pennsylvania Prisoner Civil Rights Panel
•Mentor, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Law School Mentoring Program
•Nether Providence Township Zoning Hearing Board
- Vice Chair, 2008-2012
- Board Member, March 2006-2012

BornChester, Pennsylvania, September 8, 1975

Medical device, health services, and other companies have trusted Shannon Hampton Sutherland to assist them with complex issues, such as contract disputes, restrictive covenants, trade secrets, and business torts. She is a noted strategic thinker, practical advisor, and sharp trial lawyer, with a particular emphasis in helping companies avoid and navigate disputes arising out of contracts, confidential information, trade secrets, goodwill, and customer, consultant, and employee relationships.

Shannon has represented clients across the country, and has obtained and successfully defended temporary restraining orders and preliminary and permanent injunctions in several jurisdictions.

Representative Industries

•Medical devices and life sciences, with particular experience with implantable device, biologics, and healthcare services companies
•Facilities management services

Honors & Awards

•Listed in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2013-2015


•Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2011-present
- Associate, 2002-2010
•Prior to her legal career, Ms. Sutherland managed exports in the paper and chemical industries.

Selected Publications

•Co-Author, Expert Evidence in the Third Circuit, published in the American Bar Association's Scientific Evidence Review: Admissibility and Use of Expert Evidence in the Courtroom, Monograph No. 9 (2013), No. 8 (2008) and No. 6 (2003)

Civic and Charitable Activities

•Volunteer, City Year
•Volunteer, Media Little League and Nether Providence Elementary School

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters: Won a temporary injunction and preliminary injunction on behalf of a healthcare services company against a former employee and her new employer, enforcing a non-compete agreement; obtained court order requiring employee to resign from new employment.; Obtained a preliminary injunction on behalf of a medical device and biologics company against its former product manager who went to work for a competitor.; National counsel to a medical device manufacturer for complex matters involving commercial disputes, distributorship agreements, restrictive covenants, confidentiality obligations, trade secrets, and employment matters.; National counsel to a Fortune 500 provider of document-management, office-equipment, and facilities management services and solutions for matters involving restrictive covenants, confidentiality obligations, and trade secrets. Served a year-long secondment in a counseling and litigation role, focusing on trade secret, fiduciary duty, and restrictive covenant matters and commercial contract disputes. Litigated temporary restraining order, preliminary and permanent injunction proceedings, and contract claims in federal and state courts across the country.; Secured a $41 million award for breach of contract against an international defense contractor in connection with a joint venture to provide international security to the U.S. government. Secured a complete victory in defending the client against complex counterclaims for breach of contract, fraud, and rescission.; Obtained a ruling from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania denying a petition for allowance of appeal from the order of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania affirming the trial court's complete defense verdict in favor of our clients on breach of contract and unjust enrichment claims.; Obtained at trial, and successfully defended on appeal to the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, and on a petition for appeal to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, a complete defense verdict in favor of a public authority on $1 million in claims related to the transfer of real property, as well as an award of attorneys' fees and costs for client in connection with the plaintiff's vexatious and obdurate litigation conduct.; Obtained a directed verdict on behalf of a public authority on breach of contract claims involving software sale and implementation.; After mounting a vigorous defense, convinced the plaintiff to dismiss all claims for misappropriation of trade secrets claims against the client in the health care reimbursement industry.; After mounting a vigorous defense, obtained a complete voluntary dismissal by the plaintiff of all claims, including breach of restrictive covenants, misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference with contract, tortious interference with business relationships, and breach of fiduciary duty, against medical device company.; Successfully moved to dismiss claims for tortious interference with employment contract.; Obtained jury verdict for defense on two claims for breach of distributor contract.; Obtained summary judgment on all of distributor's $4+ million claims in connection with medical device manufacturer's termination of distributorship agreement.; Defeated a request for interim measures, and subsequently obtained a complete defense victory, on behalf of the owner's representative in a $4+ million construction payment and delay dispute before the American Arbitration Association.; Represented the advisory board of a venture capital fund, with a total investment in excess of $100 million, in the investigation of the fraudulent activities of the general partner and litigation against the general partner's counsel for fraud and attorney malpractice, with an ultimate recovery in excess of $5 million.; Obtained a temporary restraining order and injunction on behalf of a genetic biosciences company to protect its rights in a genetic profile that it marketed for use in customizing cosmetics and nutritional supplements. Recovered the client's financial losses and attorneys' fees.; Represented the former director of a public company in a lawsuit by the minority stockholders for breaches of fiduciary duty in connection with a merger.; Represented a nonprofit research institute in a dispute over payment of royalties for use of a cell line in the development of a major vaccine.; Served as solicitor to a municipal zoning hearing board.
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Shannon Hampton Sutherland

30 South 17th Street
PhiladelphiaPA 19103-7396


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