Attorney, Shannon LaGuerre-Maingrette has made this quote her life mantra. This philosophy of doing great things is heavily embedded at the very heart and soul of her career as an immigration attorney.
Shannon has committed her life to ensuring that those who are underrepresented in this country are advocated for. She understood the importance of this and at Syracuse University, her alma mater, she founded and later became the President of College Democrats. She continued her passion to fight for the rights of others by becoming the Director of Young Voter Programs at the New York State Democratic Committee where she worked on presidential and congressional campaigns. Her political career continued at the Florida House of Representatives where she would become the lead researcher and writer of numerous bills. In particular, she researched and drafted an initial bill that established the trafficking of people into sexual slavery as a state crime and revised the RICO laws to include sex trafficking. This bill was later codified as Florida Statute § 796.035.
While Shannon was in law school, she developed a love and passion for litigation. She took a clinic in Child Advocacy and based on her exceptional courtroom skills, she was asked to continue the case even though the semester was complete. After law school graduation, Shannon left New York and was one of the attorneys to work with the thousands of boat people fleeing persecution from Haiti, Cuba and China. Shannon would conduct Know Your Rights Presentations at numerous detention centers where she advised inmates and detainees of their immigration rights. Shannon would go on to successfully represent many of these asylum seekers in Immigration Court. Shannon had an unprecedented number of victories in what was seen by many of her colleagues as “loser” cases at her previous job. Shannon conducted numerous Continuing Legal Education courses on Asylum, Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act and Courtroom Techniques and was a featured speaker on numerous radio shows in Florida.
At Spar and Bernstein, Shannon continues her goal of making this world a better place by standing up to protect immigrants who are oppressed. She currently specializes in asylum, withholding and convention against torture cases, criminal and fraud waivers, deportation defense and federal court litigation. She has had an impressive record of winning complex legal cases at Spar and Bernstein. Shannon’s career has been defined by successfully and zealously representing immigrants with empathy, expertise, integrity and wisdom.