Shannon M. Sprinkle

Shannon Sprinkle is a Member in the Atlanta office and has more than twenty years of diverse litigation experience in both state and federal courts. Shannon is frequently retained before litigation to help evaluate and control exposure to potential claims.

Shannon's core practice focuses on professional malpractice, real estate, and finance related claims. She regularly defends lawyers, accountants, agents, brokers, and other professionals in malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud claims. Shannon’s extensive professional malpractice background allows her to provide clients with valuable risk management advice and consultation to prevent claims, mitigate exposure and risk, and to respond to licensing, review boards, or other professional governing body inquiries.

Shannon also serves as an outside general counsel for numerous professional service firms, advising on employment issues, employment contracts, and data and privacy breach claims, amongst many other issues. Shannon frequently litigates in these same fields as well, securing many summary judgment, dispositive motion, or trial wins for professional service firms, lenders, and other companies defending employment cases, putative class action claims over alleged violations of consumer protection statutes, and more.

Shannon has also litigated a range of product liability claims, covering everything from recreational sporting equipment to truck and gas pump manufactured parts. She’s experienced in handling emergency response site investigations, evidence preservation and spoliation issues, and the myriad of expert issues that arise in product liability matters.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Cheating Clients/Lying Lawyers: A General Counsel's Dilemma

panelist, 22nd Annual LMRM Conference, Chicago, March 7–9, 2023

Incident Preparedness: Developing a Program to Respond to Security Incidents

Moderator, Data Security and Privacy Symposium, Atlanta, February 8, 2023

7th Annual Accounting Risk Management Seminar

presented by Stites & Harbison's Accounting Defense Team, Atlanta, GA, October 26, 2022

Diversity Matters - Driving Success in High-Level Decision Making Amongst Lawyers and Clients

Driving Diversity in Law & Leadership Summit, Atlanta, September 14, 2022

Navigating the Intersection of Cyber and Professional Liability

SHRM-Atlanta Legal Summit, May 12, 2022

Stites & Harbison Adds 19 To Atlanta Team From 2 Firms

Hot Topics in Data Privacy & Cybersecurity

Atlanta Bar Association's By The Hour Series, May 1, 2021

Ethical Considerations for Business Lawyers

38th Annual Business Law Institute, Atlanta, October 31, 2019

Recent Assignments
Bar Admissions
Firm Leadership

Office of General Counsel, Ethics Subcommittee, Member

Firm Recruiting Committee, Member

Atlanta Office Recruiting Committee, Chair

American Bar Association, Member
State Bar of Georgia, Member
Atlanta Bar Association, Member At Large; Privacy and Cyberspace Law Section, Member
Professional Liability Underwriting Society, Member
More Than Stites & Harbison

Prior to joining Stites & Harbison, PLLC, Shannon was the Managing Partner of Copeland, Stair, Kingma & Lovell LLP, a Southeastern civil litigation law firm.


Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation (2023-24)

Georgia Super Lawyers, Rising Stars (2006-07, 2009-17)

The Daily Report, 25 Lawyers On the Rise (2016)

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Press Releases

Stites & Harbison, PLLC Lawyers Named to 2024 Best Lawyers® Publications

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 101 of its lawyers are included in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 24, 2023
Client Alerts

Georgia Court of Appeals Holds that Non-Solicitation-of-Employees Restrictive Covenants Must Have Express Geographic Limitations

For the second time in five years a split panel of the Georgia Court of Appeals decided that a post-employment restrictive covenant without any geographic limitations is unenforceable except in limited circumstances. The bottom line for employers is that while post-employment restrictions on efforts to solicit a former employer’s customers or restrictions on using trade secrets do not require geographic limitations, all other post-employment restrictions do. Employers should err on the side of caution if they want their agreements to be enforceable or capable of being blue-penciled under Georgia law.

by Shannon M. Sprinkle and Daniel B. Millman August 09, 2023

Data Security and Privacy Symposium

Date: 2/8/23
Time: 8:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

State Bar of Georgia Conference Center, 104 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Shannon Sprinkle and Sarah Spurlock will be speakers at this Atlanta Bar Association seminar being held February 8th.

Shannon M. Sprinkle and Sarah Cronan Spurlock January 25, 2023

7th Annual Accounting Risk Management Seminar

Date: 10/26/22
Time: 11:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

City Springs Conference Center, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Stites & Harbison's Accounting Defense Team will present this Accounting Risk seminar on October 26th at the City Springs Conference Center in Atlanta.

Brian A. Cromer, Matthew A. Gass (Matt), Jeffrey C. Hoffmeyer (Jeff), William M. Joseph (Bill), Johannes S. Kingma (Joe), Shannon M. Sprinkle, and John C. deMoulpied September 21, 2022
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison, PLLC Lawyers Named to 2023 Best Lawyers® Publications

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 98 of its lawyers are included in the 2023 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Additionally, 11 Stites & Harbison attorneys are named as “Lawyer of the Year” and 19 attorneys are recognized in “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch,” which recognizes attorneys early in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 18, 2022

Driving Diversity in Law & Leadership Summit: Atlanta

Date: 9/14/22
Time: 8:50 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Atlanta, GA (Venue TBA)

Atlanta office attorneys Shannon Sprinkle and Jennifer Guerra will be speakers at this event held in Atlanta on September 14, 2022

Jennifer M. Guerra and Shannon M. Sprinkle June 27, 2022

SHRM-Atlanta Legal Summit

Date: 5/12/22
Time: 8:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Virtual Event

Atlanta attorney Shannon Sprinkle will be a speaker at this Legal SHRM-Atlanta Legal Summit on May 12, 2022.

Shannon M. Sprinkle April 25, 2022

Professionalism, Ethics and Malpractice

Date: 4/28/22
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Livestream or In-Person at State Bar of Georgia, Bar Center, 104 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta office attorney Shannon Sprinkle will be a presenter at this State Bar of Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education seminar on April 28, 2022.

Shannon M. Sprinkle April 12, 2022