Shannon M. Kos
P: 248-351-5435
F: 248-351-5456

Shannon specializes in defending property owners, contractors, product manufacturers and suppliers in a variety of contexts including asbestos and other toxic torts, mold, and fire and explosion litigation and has tried cases in Michigan and other jurisdictions throughout the United States. She is National Coordinating Counsel for a defendant in asbestos litigation. She provides personal representation and defense to expert witnesses throughout the country in challenges to expert fees, scope of work and retainer agreement disputes, discovery issues, and Daubert attacks. In addition, Shannon is certified as a Fire and Explosion Investigator by the National Association of Fire Investigators and in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) by OSHA, certifications held by only a handful of attorneys in the United States.

Shannon has published articles concerning fire and explosion litigation, the defense of personal injury claims in the construction context, and testing in product liability suits. She has also lectured on various topics including asbestos litigation and issues important to expert witnesses such as Daubert challenges.


Asbestos/Toxic Tort
Fire and Explosion Litigation
Product Liability

Expert Witness Representation


William Mitchell College of Law
(J.D. magna cum laude, 1993)

Colorado College (B.A. 1990)


State Bar of Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan


Best Lawyers of America®
—- Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
—– (2018-2019)
—-– Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants
—-– (2019)

“Women in the Law” Award, Michigan Lawyers Weekly (2015)

Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rated (5.0 out of 5.0)


Defense Research Institute
—-– Product Liability Section
—-– Fire Science Section
National Fire Protection Association
Michigan State Bar Foundation (Fellow)
William Mitchell Law Review (Past Staff Member)


Faculty and Presenter, Fire Investigation 101, 2016 Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) Fire Science and Litigation Seminar, Scottsdale, Arizona

The Role of the Attorney in Fire & Explosion Investigations, 2008 Proceedings of International Symposium on Fire Investigation Science and Technology (with Sklar and Liss) (2008)

Product Testing for Use at Trial, DRI For the Defense (with Durney) (December 2006)

Retaining Control Over Inherently Dangerous & Safe Place to Work Claims, Michigan Defense Quarterly (Fall 1997)

Who’s Building the Architects’ Statute of Repose, MDTC/ADTC News Briefs (Spring 1994)

Guest Lecturer, When Experts Need to Retain Counsel: Daubert & Beyond, 2008 SEAK National Expert Witness Conference

Guest Lecturer, Asbestos Litigation, Alma College, Michigan

Guest Lecturer, Asbestos Litigation, Carleton College, Minnesota

Guest Lecturer, Legal Environment, Siena Heights University, Michigan