Meet our Team!

Shannon E. Dawes, Attorney

Phone: (614) 733-9999

My name is Shannon Dawes, and I am the founder and owner of Dawes Legal, LLC. As an attorney, I am honored to be able to devote my knowledge and experience to individuals needing compassionate yet effective legal representation. My background, education, and legal experience give me a unique perspective in handling and resolving legal disputes - a perspective I use to help my clients attain maximum success in their legal battles and disagreements. 

Background, education, and experience

Shannon is a proud 2007 graduate of The Ohio State University. There, she completed two Bachelor of Arts degrees: one in Spanish and the other one in International Studies. While at Ohio State, she was inspired to attend law school to assist those less fortunate and give a voice in court to those who had none.

In 2010, Shannon graduated from Capital University Law School. Before founding Dawes Legal, LLC, she worked as a legal intern for Capital University Legal Clinic and Small Business Clinic and as a volunteer attorney with Southeastern Ohio Legal Services.

Shannon is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio and The United States Court District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio.
Shannon is a member of the Columbus Bar Foundation, Ohio State Bar Association, Women Lawyers of Franklin County, and the Fairfield County Bar Association. Shannon has been awarded the SuperLawyers Rising Star award for several years, an honor bestowed on only 2.5% of attorneys. She was also an Ohio State Bar Foundation Fellow in 2019.

Shannon is a huge animal lover and does a considerable amount of rescue work on behalf of dogs. Shannon and her husband have four dogs (Rocky, Larry, Henry, and Jim), a cat (Ms. Kitty), and a hedgehog (Ouchie Griffin).


Fun Fact: Shannon used to work with Chimpanzees.

Kylie L. Gardner, Paralegal

Kylie attended The University of Toledo, where she earned her Paralegal Degree. In addition, she furthered her education by becoming a Certified Paralegal (CP). Kylie has over twenty years of paralegal experience. Kylie started assisting the firm in July 2021. 
Kylie is also a member of the Columbus Bar Association (CBA), Paralegal Association of Central Ohio (PACO), and The Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Fun fact: Kylie was born in Perth, Western Australia.


Josh Stewart, Office Manager

Josh Stewart has worked alongside Dawes Legal since 2018 and is the firm's Office Manager. Josh was born and raised in Lancaster, Ohio and then attended Hocking College, where he obtained an Associate's in Business Management. In his free time, Josh enjoys bowling. He is a part of two leagues and holds fifty-two 300 games. He is also an avid Star Trek fan and enjoys playing Blackjack and Poker. 

Fun Fact: Josh was a member of the Professional Bowlers Association for nearly a decade. 

Kate Marion, Legal Assistant

Kate Marion came aboard the Dawes Legal crew in September of 2022 and is currently working as a Legal assistant. Kate hails from Lancaster, Ohio, and moved to the Columbus area to pursue her degree in Pre Law-Criminology at The Ohio State University. She plans to graduate with her bachelor's degree and then move on to Moritz College of Law to obtain a Juris Doctorate. Kate enjoys reading, knitting, painting, and studying. 

Fun fact: Kate's favorite TV show is Criminal Minds (Reid is her favorite).

Amanda Marie, Social Media Manager

Amanda Marie began working with Dawes Legal in November of 2022 and currently works as the firm's Social Media Manager. She was born in California and later attended college at The Ohio State University. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and later completed her Doctorate at Midwestern University. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband Kurt, baking, traveling, walking with her dogs (Joey, Olive, and Smokey), and coming up with creative ideas for Dawes Legal.

Fun Fact: Amanda was born in the same hospital shown in the Doogie Howser, M.D. show.