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Shannon Wilke

I joined the Innovista Law team in August 2015, bringing with me five years of paralegal experience, a dedication to achieving positive outcomes for clients, and a passion for helping attorneys be their best.  My dad has been in the telecommunications industry for over 20 years, so telecom has been an influential part of my life for as long as I can remember.  This is my way of following in his footsteps while still working in the legal profession that I love; making the decision to join Innovista an easy one.  And as for the non-telecom reasons, among other things, I was and continue to be attracted by the Firm’s forward-thinking strategies and its unparalleled commitment to its clients.

I wear a multitude of hats in my role at the Firm and welcome the new and unique challenges that await each day.  Prior to joining Innovista, I was a litigation paralegal at a regional law firm in the Midwest, where I assisted with civil cases in a variety of state and federal courts, appeals in several state Supreme Courts, along with one matter in the U.S. Supreme Court.  I’ve always been a stickler for details.  I’m often the last person to touch a filing or project before it goes out the door and its quality is of utmost importance to me.  It’s my goal to ensure our clients receive the best work-product possible from our amazing team.


  • AAS degree in Paralegal Studies (2011)

A founding member of Innovista Law, Joseph Bowser represents competitive carriers, technology and software companies, and brands whose marketing or privacy practices have been challenged.
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A founding member of Innovista Law, David Carter has extensive experience with telecommunications and commercial litigation, including disputes involving contract or tariff breach, torts, employment, and consumer protection claims.
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Member of Innovista Law, Martin Cunniff has over twenty-five years of litigation experience including serving as chair of commercial litigation for the largest litigation firm in the world.  Much of his experience has been as lead counsel in high exposure cases involving complex procedural mechanisms such as class actions.
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ERNESTO MENDIETA, Foreign Legal Consultant
Ernesto Mendieta has five years of telecommunications and corporate law experience working as a Senior Associate for a top telecommunications law firm in Mexico City.  He completed his LL.M. at Georgetown University, with an emphasis on U.S. and International Communications Law.
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JOHN NELSON, Associate
Previously serving as the firm’s intern and summer associate, John joined Innovista Law as an Associate in 2017.  This experience, along with his educational background in administrative law and regulatory compliance, has allowed him to quickly familiarize himself with various areas of telecommunications law, policy, and litigation.
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