W hen new attorneys graduate from law school, they often end up at big law firms. Their goal is usually to gain some real-world experience, but they can easily spend years as a cog in the machine. This is a fate Shannon O’Keefe aimed to avoid. “I joined the Johnson Law Group because I like that it’s a small firm,” explains Shannon, who joined our firm in September 2019. “It has a real family feel. Here, I can work closely with clients, as well as with our paralegals, intake specialists, and other attorneys. It makes coming to work each day far more enjoyable.” Before joining Johnson Law Group, Shannon worked for the honorable Judge Norma A. Sierra of the Boulder District Court on a domestic relations docket. She helped issue orders for a number of different cases including dissolution, legal separation, and allocation of parental responsibilities cases. While working with Judge Sierra, Shannon gained valuable insight into the judicial approach to family law. “I’ve never liked the idea of working with an intangible entity, like a corporation,” Shannon says. “I wanted to work with people on the ground level. That’s what drew me to practice family law. I’m helping people get through some of the most stressful periods of their lives. It’s a privilege to provide guidance to my clients who are going through a difficult family law case.” The emotional turmoil of a family law case can be taxing for everyone involved. When someone is in this kind of situation, it can be difficult to make strong decisions that will impact your long-term future. This is why people seek out family law attorneys to help guide them. “When you’re a family law attorney, clients are coming to you because you’re someone who is not tangled up in the emotional turmoil of the case,” says Shannon. “My clients are just struggling to get through today. It’s my job to help them make decisions that set up a good foundation for their future. I want my clients to know their best interests are being looked after so they can move on with the rest of their lives.” When Shannon isn’t guiding her clients through difficult cases, she spends her free time reading, writing, and, like any true citizen of Colorado, exploring the outdoors. Shannon and her dog, Finn, are avid hikers. Finn even has his own hiking boots!
PESTO CHICKENWITH BLISTERED TOMATOES Inspired by CookingLight.com
● 2 1/2 tbsp olive oil, divided
● 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, pounded to a 1-inch thickness
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● Salt and pepper to taste ● 1/4 cup whole-wheat panko ● 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese ● 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted ● 6 tbsp spinach pesto ● 2 cups cherry tomatoes ● 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced ● 1 tsp red wine vinegar
1. In a large ovenproof skillet over medium- high heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and add it to pan. Cook chicken for 5 minutes on each side, then remove pan from heat. In a bowl, combine panko, Parmesan cheese, and butter. 4. Spread pesto over chicken and top with panko mixture. 5. Broil chicken for 2 minutes on high heat until browned. 6. In a skillet, heat remaining oil over medium- high heat. 7. Add tomatoes and cook for 6 minutes. 8. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. 9. Season tomato mixture with salt and pepper, and add red wine vinegar. 10. Serve tomatoes with broiled chicken. 2. 3.
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