Richard Todd has practiced law in the State of Oregon for over 30 years. His primary emphasis has been trial work, including personal injury, business, real estate and domestic relations. He has conducted jury trails throughout the State of Oregon in both State and Federal courts. In addition to managing his own practice, he has previously been a Deputy District Attorney for Multnomah County and General Counsel for a large Beaverton-based corporation.
Richard was born and raised on the Oregon Coast. He attended Oregon State University where he graduated with honors. After graduation, he attended Lewis and Clark Law School where he worked during the day as an investigator for the oldest law firm in Oregon. His prior employment is wide-ranging from disc jockey to mill worker. He has also authored a book and several magazine articles, and continues to sit on the board of directors of several Oregon-based corporations. He does not use voicemail and he prides himself on frequent communication with all his clients. He brings to Todd & Shannon a “Blue Collar” philosophy in a “White Collar” profession.
Richard’s goal—and that of Todd & Shannon—is to provide his clients with the knowledge and experience expected of large law firms without the exorbitant price. His primary interest is the representation of those who have been wronged, be it victims of sexual abuse or those targeted by fraud. In every case his goal is twofold: (1) To guide his clients through the legal process and thereby reduce their stress, and (2) to be effective and to produce results.
David Shannon has been a litigator licensed to practice law in Oregon since 2004. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he worked as a timber faller and then a timber cruiser; taught English as a second language; was an import car mechanic; a bartender. While in law school at Lewis & Clark Law School, David worked as a clerk at an Oregon City law firm, Mitchell & Guinn, specializing in complex, catastrophic personal injury cases and Worker's Compensation cases. Also while in law school, he was a clerk at the Federal Public Defender's office working in criminal defense and at the Juvenile Rights Project where he worked as an advocate for children in dependency and delinquency cases.
After graduating and passing the bar in 2004, David was a litigator for a Portland law firm, handling a mixed caseload of civil litigation and juvenile representation. In 2007, David and Rick Todd launched Todd & Shannon. At Todd & Shannon, David specializes in plaintiffs'-side tort litigation, including catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, wage claims, consumer disputes and employment discrimination. His case load also includes criminal defense and dependency and delinquency cases.
David brings to bear on behalf of clients a unique blend of abstract, intellectual analysis and real-life experience. He has gotten excellent results for clients through a mix of compassion and tough-minded advocacy borne of his broad work experience practicing law in a wide variety of contexts and working outside of law in mixed fields. David is as comfortable arguing arcane areas of law as he is talking with an injured truck driver. He welcomes the opportunity to discuss with people who have suffered a loss, the means by which the law can provide for their recovery.
Emily Kropf Shannon provides family law mediation in the areas of divorce, custody, financial division, domestic partnership agreements, adoption, grandparent/third-party visitation, probate, and guardianship.
As a teacher, attorney, mediator and mother, Emily has worked with children and families for over fifteen years. After graduating from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2003, Emily worked for several years at the Juvenile Rights Project representing children and parents in dependency and delinquency proceedings.
Emily completed an internship with Clackamas Family Court Services before beginning her own mediation practice. She currently sees private mediation clients and is employed by Clackamas County as a mediator. Emily is an active member of the Oregon Mediation Association and the Oregon State Bar, and has met all state requirements to serve as a court-connected domestic relations custody/parenting and probate/guardianship mediator.
Emily is skilled at fostering collaborative, child-centered solutions for families in conflict. Even in highly contentious situations, Emily successfully guides parties toward effective communication and problem solving. Emily is passionate about her work because it empowers families to make critical decisions and yields lasting, positive results.
Tina Clifton joined Todd & Shannon in May of 2008 as the Office Manager. She is currently attending Portland State University,working toward a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice.
Tina’s previous experiences in law include her years spent as a legal assistant, working with a prominent, local, family law attorney from 2001 to 2008.
As the office manager at Todd & Shannon, Tina oversees and manages all aspects of our operation, from client interface to postage, as well as the day-to-day work of a legal assistant.
Tina works closely with the attorneys to make certain the law firm is operating as smoothly as possible at all times. This insures that clients' needs are met in a timely and complete fashion.