Shannon
Coit

Associate

Associate

Education
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 2014) magna cum laude; Order of the Coif
  • University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine (M.A., 2014, Bioethics)
  • University of Michigan (B.A., 2006, Economics and Political Science)
Clerkships
  • Hon. M. Margaret McKeown, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Hon. Cynthia Bashant, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
Admissions
  • California

Shannon Coit focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation. Ms. Coit represents clients in matters across an array of industries, including finance, technology hardware and equipment, public utilities, legal practice, and consumer products. She has litigated matters at all stages of litigation, from the initial complaint through trial and appeal. She practices in state and federal court and has defended several arbitration proceedings.

Ms. Coit’s pro bono work includes drafting a certiorari-stage amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the California Supreme Court’s application of Batson v. Kentucky, which prohibits racial discrimination in jury selection.

Prior to joining Hueston Hennigan, Ms. Coit was an associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where she handled complex commercial and securities litigation and represented corporations and small businesses in sensitive internal investigations and governmental inquiries. While at the firm, she received the 2016 Public Counsel Pro Bono Award for Consumer Law Project for her pro bono representation of international students who enrolled in a fraudulent U.S. flight school.

During law school, Ms. Coit spent her first summer externing with the Hon. Esther Salas in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey and interned during her third year with the Defenders Association of Philadelphia through Penn Law’s Criminal Defense Clinic. She was also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Law.

Before attending law school, Ms. Coit served as a Legislative Correspondent to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and worked on various local and nationwide political campaigns. Ms. Coit continues her campaign work today through voter protection efforts and has served on several national and statewide campaigns in this capacity.

Ms. Coit currently serves as a member of the Ninth Circuit Law Clerk Resources Group. As a former clerk at both the appellate and district court level, Ms. Coit welcomes any current or former clerks at any court within the Ninth Circuit to contact her regarding the group’s work.

Experience

Represent Synchrony Financial and Synchrony Bank in matter with counterclaims involving allegations of fraud, breach of contract, and unfair business practices.

Obtained a complete defense verdict for PricewaterhouseCoopers in a high-profile lawsuit and closely watched federal trial brought by a former employee and SEC whistleblower, Mauro Botta. (See “PwC Rightly Fired Former Auditor, Judge Rules, Bloomberg Law)

Represented Peloton Interactive, Inc. in various matters, including in federal court litigation, arbitration, and trademark proceedings.

Represent an international law firm in a legal malpractice matter.

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Drafted pro bono, with the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, a certiorari-stage amicus curiae brief to the U.S. Supreme Court advocating for the reversal of the California Supreme Court’s Batson v. Kentucky application in a capital case.

Represented Southern California Edison and Edison International in litigation arising out of the 2017 Thomas Fire.

Represented a private investment firm in a commercial real estate dispute arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Represented AT&T and DIRECTV on a complex breach of contract claim, including filing counterclaims.

Represented the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to secure settlement of claims relating to mortgage backed securities.

Represented a well-known consumer brand in a multistate class action against false advertising claims.

Assisted in securing a favorable settlement for an individual small business owner against a commercial real estate company.

Secured, in pro bono representation, a return of international students’ tuition payments to a fraudulent flight school.

Recognitions

  • 2016 Public Counsel Pro Bono Award for Consumer Law Project