Attorney at Law
Prior to founding the firm, I practiced law in Chicago as Vice President and Senior Counsel working with such firms as Harley-Davidson Financial Services, The Northern Trust Company and Harbor Capital Advisors. During that time, my law practice focused in the areas of securities regulation. From 2008-2014, I was on the Board of Directors of Amate House, a Chicago non-profit with annual revenue of nearly $1 million.
I attended… read more law school at the University of Iowa College of Law.
- Advisory Agreement
- Business Formation Consults
- Business Licenses & Industry Regulations
- Buyout Agreement
- Corporate Dissolution
- Corporate Formation
- Corporate Restructure
- Delaware Incorporation
- Founders Agreement
- Franchise Agreement
- Franchise Disclosure Document
- Franchise Formation
- Joint Venture Formation
- Operating Agreement
- Partnership Formation
- Shareholder Agreement
- Other Business Formation Matter
- 501(c) or 501(c)3 Compliance
- Non-Profit Formation
- Non-Profit Fundraising
- Other Non-Profit Matter
- Copyright Infringement
- Copyright Registration
- Response to USPTO Office Action (Trademark)
- Trademark Infringement
- Trademark Infringement Consults
- Trademark Registration
- Trademark Search
- Other Trademark & Copyright Matter
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Various Investment Advisers, Banks and Fortune 100 Firms
Senior Attorney Consultant
Dec 2014 - Present
Retained by various firms to lead special projects, assist with overflow/coverage or provide specialized training in securities regulation, investment management compliance and related practice areas.
• Assisted in the creation of Global Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) program, including drafting GDPR policy and serving as a member of company GDPR working group.
The Law Offices of Shanna J. Palmersheim
Jul 2014 - Present
Online private practice in the areas of tax and estate planning, agricultural, corporate/small business, mergers and acquisitions and non-profit law. See palmersheimlaw.com.
• Review, negotiate and draft asset purchase agreements, operating agreements, real estate leases, various employment agreements and post-nuptial agreements.
Harbor Capital Advisors
Vice President, Senior Counsel and Senior Compliance Manager
Aug 2011 - May 2014
Advised on issues regarding the Investment Company Act of 1940, Investment Advisers Act of 1940, Securities Act of 1933 and other related law. Served as Assistant Secretary to Harbor Funds. Advised on employment issues and company retirement plans, including ERISA. Drafted and negotiated various corporate contracts, including investment advisory agreements. Prepared tax filings.
The Northern Trust Company
May 2008 - Aug 2011
One of two attorneys selected to build investment management legal team. Responsible for the oversight and coordination of corporate governance and regulatory services for 60+ investment companies, including two closed-end hedge fund-of-funds. Drafted mutual fund registration statements. Drafted mutual fund corporate governance documentation, including meeting agendas, resolutions and minutes.
Peregrine Financial Group
Nov 2007 - Apr 2008
Transactional attorney for a commodities futures and options trading firm. Drafted and negotiated corporate contracts, including technology licensing, non-disclosure, associated person agreements and commercial real estate leases. Registered and maintained company trademarks and copyrights, including preparation of substantive filings. Performed due diligence and advised on corporate acquisitions.
Harley Davidson Financial Services
Senior Treasury Analyst
Oct 2005 - Jun 2007
Administered asset-backed securities program; prepared all SEC filings and offering memoranda. Supervised the negotiation of credit/banking-related legal agreements. Drafted corporate documentation. Monitored compliance with state and federal banking regulations.
State Street Corp.
Aug 1999 - Aug 2002
Supervised accounting/custody operations for 100 insurance and mutual fund portfolios and $1.5 billion in assets.