St. Louis Estate Planning Attorney
Shannon O'Brien Wright graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University
in Bloomington, Illinois, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.
She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri - Kansas
City School of Law in Kansas City, Missouri. While there, Shannon served
as a Literary Editor on the UMKC Law Review as well as a staff member
of the Urban Lawyer. In 1998, Shannon was awarded the Candler S. Rogers
Legal Writing Award, signifying the best-written student submission to
the UMKC Law Review during that year.
After receiving her Juris Doctor degree, Shannon served as a judicial law
clerk for the Honorable James M. Smart, Jr., at the Missouri Court of
Appeals, Western District. It was while clerking for Judge Smart that
Shannon began working on an advanced law degree in taxation. Following
her stint as a judicial law clerk, Shannon joined one of the largest firms
in Kansas City as an associate in its estate planning department. While
working as a law associate, Shannon completed her work on her LL. M. in
taxation, and was awarded that degree from the University of Missouri
- Kansas City School of Law. Shannon left the big firm practice of law
to practice with a small, specialized estate planning boutique firm in
After taking several years off from the practice of law to raise three
young boys, Shannon is excited to be directing the estate planning practice
at Millikan Wright, LLC.