Nancy Shannon - Cordell & Cordell Omaha divorce lawyer

Nancy Shannon

Senior Litigation Attorney

Omaha divorce lawyer Nancy ShannonAs a parent who has gone through the divorce process herself, Nancy R. Shannon knows first-hand what her clients are going through.

“I know it’s scary and intimidating and that there are a lot of unknowns,” Ms. Shannon said. “I know what it’s like to sit on the other side of the desk.”

As an attorney, Ms. Shannon stresses to her clients that they should hope for the best, but plan for the worst. If clients want and are able to come to an agreement with the opposing party, she said she is more than willing to assist them.

However, it is important to remember that if negotiations break down, both attorney and client need to be prepared to aggressively pursue the case in a trial.

“I always support my clients in their effort to peacefully settle issues, and I always look out for their best interests and help protect them so that if settlement is no longer an option, they can still be in a position to succeed,” Ms. Shannon said.

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Shannon is licensed in Nebraska.


Ms. Shannon received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Doane College and her Juris Doctor from University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where she was a finalist in a Moot court competition and active in Client Counseling activities.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell & Cordell, Ms. Shannon practiced family and juvenile law as well as employment discrimination. She chose family law after working in banking for several years.

Ms. Shannon was looking for a challenge, but also wanted to work with a diverse clientele.


Ms. Shannon is a member of the NSBA Legal Forms Committee, American Bar Association, American Inns of Court, and Nebraska Bar Association where she is a member of the Young Lawyers and Family Law divisions.


Ms. Shannon was recognized from 2016-18 as a Great Plains Rising Star in the family law practice area by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service of outstanding lawyers.

Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

Ms. Shannon wrote an op-ed in the Omaha World-Herald about how maternal gatekeeping hurts children.

Ms. Shannon co-wrote an op-ed in the Lincoln Journal Star regarding parental gatekeeping and the important role fathers play in their children’s lives.

Ms. Shannon has also contributed Nebraska divorce articles and Nebraska child custody articles for this website.

Ms. Shannon co-wrote a an op-ed in the Omaha World-Herald about how courts are reacting to parental gatekeeping.


"Nancy is very diligent at what she does. She makes sure she has all her bases covered. You don't want to have to need an attorney, but you want to have one that is going to do due diligence. Nancy definitely [does a] good job!"
"Nancy is doing everything she can. She's been very helpful and right on the ball with everything. I've very happy with everything she's been doing and appreciate everything."  
"Thank you for all the work. The opposing party accepted the offer made from a few years ago, but Nancy was willing to do whatever it took to better the living situation for my child. My son has gone from not smiling or opening up, to being excited about being at my house. Nancy did everything she could in a timely fashion, and we are grateful for that. She has brought a smile to my son's face. If it wasn't for her pushing opposing counsel, we wouldn't be in this place. ... I never felt like I was being robbed or lied to. I've already recommended her to others."
"Tell Nancy I'm really glad she's on my side and I've got her in my corner. I think she's great, and she does a wonderful job. She's very straightforward with things and explains them all. I'm glad she's got may back. I can't say enough good things about Nancy. ..."
"Nancy is excellent!  I have been more than satisfied with how things have been going. Things have been more than I could have ever expected. Even if things weren't going this well, I still know that Nancy has gone above and beyond! She has worked so hard and [has] done so much for me. That means a lot considering she's never known me prior to retaining Cordell & Cordell.  She fights for me as if she's known me for years!"
"Nancy did a really great job! Many would have backed down from a situation like this, and she gave it 150%! If I ever need a child custody attorney again, Nancy will be my first call. ..."
"... My experience with Cordell & Cordell went exactly as discussed. I can't say the same has held true for the other firms I worked with. With Nancy and I both having professional backgrounds, we were able to be forthright from the very beginning and fulfill the expectations we set for each other. I hope I don't need to, but I would absolutely refer Nancy to anyone in need of legal help."
"Nancy is fantastic! She does the very best she can. ... I imagine my case has to be one of the most difficult she's faced. Even when things look hopeless, she helps me to find a shred of light at the end of the tunnel. Nancy is a great lawyer. I'll be sad when I move to California and won't be able to use her anymore."
"I feel like Nancy is very dedicated to her word and stands behind what she says. I really appreciate that. Nancy keeps me grounded. She doesn't let me waste my time or money on a dead end. She is always looking out for my best interest. I think she's just great!"
"Nancy has returned calls after 5 and made herself available in the evening for a call if needed. I would give Nancy high marks in all areas. Specifically communication."
"I think she's fantastic.... I really enjoyed working with her. Everyone in that office was just great."

"​I was always kept in the loop. I felt like we worked the case together. I had a great experience working with Cordell & Cordell."


"[My attorney] respects what I want and is working to make sure we try to get there or a happy medium.  She is exceptional about being on top of my case. I know as an attorney she is busy but I feel like she goes the extra mile to make sure I know what is going on and answering my emails with questions in a timely manner. I am glad she is on my team. I feel like what I want matters and she is willing to try to get me there or close to it."

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