Shannon Rose Selden leads the firm’s Asset Management Litigation Practice and is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Private Equity Groups. Ms. Selden has a broad practice representing hedge fund and private equity clients, as plaintiffs and defendants, in complex, high-stakes litigation. Ms. Selden has significant experience as lead counsel in state and federal courts in the full range of matters affecting asset management firms, including merger, securities, contract, corporate governance, fiduciary, financing and debt restructuring disputes. She is recommended by The Legal 500 US—which has reported that her advice is “strategic, tailored, [and] insightful”—and has been recognized as a Law360 “MVP” for Asset Management, a “Litigation Star” and as one of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” by Benchmark Litigation. Ms. Selden and her colleagues were also recognized by Law360 as “Asset Management Practice Group of the Year” and as “Private Equity Practice Group of the Year.” Ms. Selden was recently named to the 2020 Crain’s New York Business list of “Notable Women in Law.” She was shortlisted for “Best in Private Equity” at Euromoney’s “2018 Women in Business Law Awards.”
Ms. Selden joined the firm in 2001 and became a partner in 2011. From January 2003 to January 2004, she clerked for the Hon. Denise Cote, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Selden received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2001. At Yale, she was the co-editor-in-chief of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities and a director of the Morris Tyler Moot Court Competition. She received a B.A. summa cum laude from Amherst College in 1998, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and winner of the Densmore Barry Collins Prize in Political Science.
In 2004 and 2005, Ms. Selden was an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Toledo, where she taught Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure and Criminal Law. Her research focused on securities law, in particular on interdisciplinary analysis of the adequacy of laws designed to prevent and prosecute malfeasance in the financial markets.
Ms. Selden is admitted to appear before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fifth, Sixth and Ninth Circuits; and the United States Supreme Court. She has served as a member of the Federal Practice Task Force of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation and as Co-Chair of the Section’s 2010 Annual Conference. Ms. Selden is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice and a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Fiction. Ms. Selden was featured in a documentary on the New York Times website, “Great Expectations for Female Lawyers” (2013), a follow-up from a 2001 New York Times Magazine article in which 21 women lawyers at Debevoise were profiled and interviewed about the career prospects for women in law firms.