Shannon E. Sorensen
Shannon Sorensen was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a child, Shannon was a member of the renowned Bel Canto Professional Chorus. In high school, Shannon was honored by the Optimist’s Club as a Student of Recognition and received a drama scholarship upon graduation. Shannon worked as a professional actress with the Milwaukee Public Theatre and worked with at-risk youth at the Milwaukee Center for Applied Theatre. She then attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where she pursued a Bachelors Degree in Theatre and Political Science, was a member of the Chi Omicron Chapter of the National Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, and was Treasurer of the Player’s Guild. Shannon was on the Dean’s List and graduated Cum Laude in 2005.
Shannon moved to Ohio in 2006 to attend Law School at the University of Akron. During the first two years of law school, Shannon continued her five year career as a state-certified pharmacy technician, a certification she still maintains. Shannon spent the summer of 2008 living and working in Geneva, Switzerland, learning international law. She received a behind-the-scenes education on the inner-workings of many international organizations, including the United Nations, the Red Cross, and the World Trade Organization.
In 2009, Shannon began working at Shifrin Newman Smith Inc. (now Smith Godios Sorensen Inc.) as a law clerk. While in law school, she also received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award. Shannon graduated from the University of Akron School of Law in January 2010 and passed the Ohio Bar Exam thereafter. She has been admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Ohio, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Shannon has fought for clients at over 1,000 Social Security hearings and is highly-skilled in Federal Court matters, including extensive Appeals Council and Federal Court Brief-writing experience. In 2016, Shannon became a Partner at Smith Godios Sorensen Inc. (then Shifrin Newman Smith Inc.).
Shannon served as the Lead Chair of the Disability Law Section of the Akron Bar Association from 2015 to 2017. Shannon also serves as a regular volunteer and food drive administrator for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, volunteers as a “big sister” for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program of Summit County, and serves on the Akron Bar Association Foundation Gala Committee and NOSSCR New Media Committee. Along with the other attorneys at Smith Godios Sorensen Inc., Shannon is a regular volunteer at Stewart’s Caring Place, providing legal advice to families battling cancer. In her free time, Shannon enjoys running, cooking, photography, trivia competitions, going to the theater, and spending time with her husband and dog Obi.
Areas of Practice
Social Security Disability
Short and Long-term Private Disability Claims
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court – Northern District
U.S. District Court – Southern District
University of Akron School of Law – 2010
Dean’s List, Cali Excellence for the Future Award 2009
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point – 2005
Dean’s List, Graduated Cum Laude
Professional Associations and Memberships
Akron Bar Association – Lead Chair of Disability Law Section, Foundation Gala Committee Member
National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) – Committee and Sustaining Member
American Bar Association
Ohio Bar Association
Pharmacy Technician Certification Board