I offer both transactional and litigation services, primarily focused on business, real estate, land use & zoning, environmental, construction, landlord-tenant, and contract matters. My services include commercial, industrial, agricultural, and residential real estate matters, including contracts, due diligence, leases, land use, zoning, environmental, and Right-to-Farm issues. I also serve as outsourced general counsel to businesses.
I have experience in site remediation, ISRA and SRRA closures, and due diligence in buy/sell transactions. I advise in business formation and contracts; business and asset buy-sell negotiation and closings; lease negotiations; technology-related contracts, litigation arising from contract, business, real estate, environmental, construction, and landlord-tenant transactions; and administrative permitting and appeals, including environmental, land use, zoning, and appeal of tax assessments.
My education and experience have provided me a deeper understanding of the issues underlying land-use, conservation, environmental, scientific, and construction matters. I earned a B.S. in Ecology & Systematic Biology from California Polytechnic State University with a Minor in Statistics, and I studied biogeochemical cycling at the graduate level at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Prior to my legal career, I worked on various projects involving scientific research and monitoring, and I have been involved in family construction companies. With this multidisciplinary background, I facilitate effective legal communications and resolutions among the parties in technically complex transactions and disputes. My background in construction and as a business owner provide first-hand knowledge in many legal, contractual, and administrative challenges facing small businesses and landowners.
I taught Legal 1 and Legal 2 for the Small Business Administration’s New Jersey Small Business Development Center, at Raritan Valley Community College. These courses introduced entrepreneurs to the basics of business formation, liability, and contracts.
I am appointed by the Superior Court of New Jersey to mediate cases in the Special Civil Part and Landlord Tenant Divisions and completed the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators 32 hour civil mediation training. Having studied and conducted mediations for over 15 years, I am pursuing accreditation from the NJAPM and am currently qualified to serve as a mediator in civil disputes. I additionally completed training in Collaborative Law, which I look forward to applying to appropriate business disputes.
Prior to forming Shanahan & Voigt, LLC in June of 2014, I worked with Bob Shanahan & Kevin Kilcommons at Kilcommons Shanahan, LLC from 2008 to 2014. Prior to that, I co-owned a general construction contracting business. Prior to that, I served as an associate attorney for Bowditch & Dewey LLP and Lawson & Weitzen LLP, in Boston, Massachusetts.
2001 Massachusetts (inactive status) 2008 New Jersey 2008 Pennsylvania (inactive status)
New Jersey State Bar Association, Environmental, Land Use, and Real Property Trust and Estate Sections
Hunterdon County Bar Association
Commercial Real Estate Women of New Jersey
Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce
BW Nice Business Women’s Networking Involving Charity and Education
Rotary International, Rotary eClub of Hunterdon Horizon, Founding President and current Chair of Technology Committee
2000 JD, Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts 2005-2006 Graduate Studies, University of Colorado Boulder, Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology 1995 BS in Ecology & Systematic Biology, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo High School, Ventura California
I am a member of the Commercial Real Estate Women of New Jersey, www.crewnj.org.
I am a founder and first president of the Rotary Club of Hunterdon Horizon, www.horizonrotary.org., where I new continue on chair of the Technology Committee. I am passionate about community service and excited to see our district’s first eClub developing into an established Rotary club.
I am a member of BW NICE, Business Women’s Networking Involving Charity & Education, a non-for-profit networking organization that additionally raises funds and needed donations for Safe in Hunterdon, an organization assisting victims of domestic violence.
I am past President of the Hunterdon County chapter of the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners.
I am a past leader of the Hunterdon County Chapter of the Holistic Moms Network, a national non-profit organization connecting families interested in holistic health and green living.
I served as chair of the First Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hunterdon County membership committee, served on the hiring committee, assisted with improvements to the Old Stone Church, participated in the Spiritual Practice meditation group, organized fundraisers, published the FUUFHC Cookbook, and taught Spirit Plan, a Montessori-based spiritual educational curriculum for young children.
I previously served as an appointed volunteer member of the Kingwood Township Environmental Commission, www.kingwoodtownship.com, and a member of the New Jersey Association of Environmental Commissioners, www.ANJEC.com.