Hon. Brendan Linehan Shannon

Adjunct Professor
Princeton University Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary

United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Delaware

Brendan Linehan Shannon is a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Delaware.  Judge Shannon received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, and his law degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.  

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Shannon was a partner with Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP in Wilmington, Delaware.  At Young Conaway, Judge Shannon primarily represented corporate debtors and official committees in Chapter 11 cases.  Since his appointment in 2006, Judge Shannon has managed a full Chapter 11 docket, and also handles all Chapter 13 consumer bankruptcy cases filed in the State of Delaware.  He served as Chief Judge of the Bankruptcy Court from 2014 through 2018.

Judge Shannon is an adjunct professor in the Bankruptcy L.L.M. Program at St. John’s University School of Law in New York, and at Widener School of Law in Delaware.  He serves on the Board of Editors of Collier on Bankruptcy (16th ed.) and is a contributing author for Collier Forms and for several chapters covering the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure.  Judge Shannon also serves on the Advisory Board for the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review.

In 2011, Judge Shannon was appointed to serve as a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference.  The Conference was created in the 1930's at the request of Congress and serves as a resource to Congress on bankruptcy legislation.  In 2020, Judge Shannon was inducted as a member of the American College of Bankruptcy.  

Judge Shannon is a member of the Delaware State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Rodney Inns of Court in Wilmington, Delaware.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Delaware Council on Economic Education.