Shannon Gentry Lanier

Shannon Gentry Lanier

Vice President / Investments, Gracestone

Shannon joined Gracestone after a lengthy legal career. Her core skill set as a lawyer – solving complicated issues through exhaustive research and attention to detail, while balancing risks to the client – applies with equal force to her work in the investment world. She is Gracestone’s problem solver and resident wordsmith.

Professional Experience

Synovus Securities, Inc.
Providing research and internal analysis regarding investment strategies for high net worth families with an emphasis on investment planning and management, portfolio management, succession planning and risk management.
1996–2001, 2011–2019
Hull Barrett, P.C.
Maintained an active practice in the areas of media law, tort defense and commercial litigation from 1996 to 2001. Returned to active practice in 2011, with an additional emphasis on motions work and the defense of common carriers and derailment cases. Recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the area of Insurance Law from 2017 to 2019. For a representative sampling of reported work, see Midville River Tract, LLC v. Central of Georgia RR Co., 339 Ga. App. 546 (2017)(federal preemption defense), Evanston Ins. Co. v. Xytex Tissue Services, LLC, CV 117-140 (S.D. Ga. 2019)(analysis of the total pollution policy exclusion), and Federal Preemption in Georgia Courts: Opportunity in the Midst of Chaos, Georgia Defense Lawyers Association Law Journal (2019).
Favorite First Line:
“He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.”

Education & Licensing

  • University of Georgia School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • University of Georgia, Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
  • FINRA Licensing: Series 7 & 66

Philoshopy in a Nutshell

“Come now, and let us reason together.” Isaiah 1:18

Every issue is like a coin; they all have two sides.

Civic Affiliations

  • University of Georgia Parents Leadership Council
  • AU Health System, Inc., Compensation Committee (2019–2022)
  • AU Health System, Inc., Audit, Compliance & Enterprise Risk Management Committee (2017–2019)
  • AU Health, Inc. dba AU Medical Center, ACERM Committee (2011–2017)
  • Episcopal Day School Association, Executive Board (2008–2011) and EDS Board of Trustees (2010–2011)
  • Augusta Westobou Festival, Inc., Executive Board (2007–2011) and Cuba Trip Leader (2013)
  • Junior League of Augusta, Executive Board (2002–2007)
  • Girls Incorporated of the CSRA, Executive Board (1997–2004)