Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, P.C.



Attorney Details

Shannon M. Cohen

Practice Concentration

Ms. Cohen primarily practices in the areas of emerging technologies, independent contractor issues and legislative services.


Shannon McClellan Cohen provides legislative counsel services to the firm’s clients. Ms. Cohen monitors forthcoming and active legislation and regulation pertaining to issues affecting motor carriers, with an emphasis on legislation touching on the independent contractor status of owner-operators using her extensive background with and familiarity of owner-operator programs and issues attendant to the design of a successful owner-operator model. She regularly assists in drafting and revising legislation and assessing and communicating the impact of such legislation on the trucking industry. Ms. Cohen has also been a featured speaker on these topics to industry stakeholders and associations.   

On The Road


  • Law Alert: California Joint and Several Motor Carrier List
    Pursuant to the statutory “publication” requirement under CA Labor Code §2810.4 a list of motor carriers that have outstanding California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement wage and hour liabilities has been published. Read more.
  • December 2018 Scopelitis Legislative Trends Newsletter
    Trends covered in this issue:
    •    Midterm Election Shifts
    •    Infrastructure Funding on the State Level
    •    Portable Benefits Model for Independent Contractors
    •    Upcoming DOT Funding
    •    Will Divided Congress be Productive?
    •    FMCSA Signals Aggressive Timeline  
  • Law Alert: NJ Unemployment Tax Owner-Operator Exemption Gutted
    Read Scopelitis' take on the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development notice that it had adopted substantial changes to the regulations interpreting what constitutes necessary evidence under New Jersey’s unemployment tax independent contractor exemptions applicable to a wide range of industries -NJ Stat. Ann.  S 43:21-19(i)(7).
  • Law Alert: Pennsylvania IC Withholding
    Read Scopelitis' take on a new Pennsylvania non-employee withholding requirement.
  • Scopelitis in the News: Scopelitis Honored with 2017 IMTA Legislative Recognition Award
    Scopelitis recognized for 2017 legislative work.
  • October 2017 Scopelitis Legislative Trends Newsletter
    Trends covered in this issue:
    •    States Prepare for 2018 Sessions
    •    The Emerging Economy Continues to Impact Legislatures
    •    IC Certification Procedures on the Rise?
    •    Appropriations for the Department of Transportation Advances in the House
    •    FMCSA Administrator Nomination Announced
    •    Joint Employer Clarification Bill Advances  
    •    Autonomous Vehicle Bills Advance
  • Transportation Brief: Occupational Accident Coverage in the Gig Economy
    The collaborative economy or “gig economy” continues to make its mark on the independent contractor landscape. As these services and the companies that oversee them mature, the market is responding to contractors’ business needs in much the same way the market has responded to independent contractors in other, more traditional business models.
  • Scopelitis in the News: HB 1002 Balances Higher Trucking Fees, Infrastructure Help
    Scopelitis Partners Andy Light and Shannon Cohen share insights with Indiana Lawyer on Indiana House Bill 1002.
  • Scopelitis in the News: "City Mulls Taxi Rule Changes in Era of Uber, Lyft." June 17, 2017, Indianapolis Business Journal (IBJ)
    Scopelitis Partners Greg Feary and Shannon Cohen share insights with IBJ on state legislation governing app-based ride-hailing companies.
  • June 2017 Scopelitis Legislative Trends Newsletter
    This newsletter includes a sampling of noteworthy developments or trends affecting transportation in Congress or the state legislatures during the last two months. 
    Trends covered in this issue:
    •    Scopelitis Law Alert: U.S. DOL Announces Withdrawal of Joint Employment, Independent Contractor Informal Guidance
    •    States Seek Infrastructure Funding
    •    Lowering Roadblocks to Platooning
    •    States React to Gig Economy
    •    FY 2018 Presidential Budget
    •    DOT Personnel Changes    
    •    Regulatory Reform
    •    Tax Reform
    •    FMCSA Withdraws Minimum Insurance Limits Rulemaking
    •    Entry-Level Driver Training Rule
    •    FMCSA Split-Sleeper Berth Pilot
    •    Rescission of USDOL Persuader Rule Submitted to OMB
  • March 2017 Scopelitis Legislative Trends Newsletter
    This newsletter is an overview of noteworthy developments or trends affecting transportation in Congress or the state legislatures so far in 2017.
    Trends covered included in this newsletter:
    • National Carrier Hiring Standard
    • Regulatory Reform
    • Class Action Reform
    • 2018 Presidential Budget
    • States Seek Infrastructure Funding
    • Lowering Roadblocks to Platooning