Shannon S. Imlay, Esq

Experience and Practice Areas

Shannon S. Imlay, practicing law in Hawaii since 2002, serves as general counsel to condominium, cooperative and homeowner associations, and represents clients in commercial litigation, business and construction litigation, and maintains a full-service intellectual property practice.

Condominium and Community Associations. She works with associations to establish sound organizational and administrative practices while maintaining a sense of community. This work includes helping associations with compliance with their governing documents and applicable law, standardizing procedures, revising governing documents and reviewing insurance coverage and contracts. She also prepares documents for and attends board and annual meetings.

Ms. Imlay’s association collection practice includes demand letters, recordation of liens, negotiation of payment plans, breach of contract actions for money damages, foreclosure actions and non-judicial foreclosures.

Her condominium and community association practice began while working at Rountree, Losee & Baldwin in Wilmington, North Carolina for large master associations, such as Pinehurst Golf Resort, and continued while working at Paul Johnson Park & Niles on Maui for several years.

Intellectual Property. As a licensed patent attorney, Ms. Imlay’s practice is also directed to intellectual property. She has over a decade of experience in the field, including working in California intellectual property boutiques, Lyon & Lyon and Sheldon Mak & Anderson, at which she conducted prior art searches, prepared and prosecuted mechanical and biotechnology patents, litigated complex intellectual property cases, conducted right-to-use studies, infringement analyses, opinion letters, and performed due diligence for patents and trademarks.

In addition to prosecuting and litigating patents, trademarks, and copyrights, Ms. Imlay’s practice includes preparing licenses, settlement agreements, confidentiality agreements, and employment and service agreements.

Litigation. Ms. Imlay’s experience further includes extensive litigation of real property, construction defect, and insurance cases on Maui currently, and while employed at Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing in Honolulu.

Licenses and Professional Associations

Admitted to Hawai’i, California, and North Carolina State Bar Associations, United States Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. District Court, Central, Northern and Southern Districts of California and District of Hawai’i, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Maui County Bar Association
President (2010) Director (2008-present)
Condominium Council of Maui
Board of Directors and Membership Chair (2011)
Hawaii State Bar Association Leadership Institute (2011)
Arbitrator, Hawai’i Court Annexed Arbitration Program


Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D.
University of California of San Diego, California, B.S. Biology

Publications and Presentations

“Hot Trends in Association Law”, Condominium Council of Maui, 2011
“Intellectual Property Licensing”, Export University, 2011
“Protecting your Intellectual Property: Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights & Trade Secrets”, sponsored by Maui County Business Resource Center, 2009
“Legal Advice for Small Businesses”, sponsored by Maui County Business Resource Center, 2009
“Madrid Protocol: Can It Save Money for Protecting Trademarks Internationally?, Association of Corporation Counsel”, Southern California Chapter, 2004
“Legal Implications of Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Association”, Information Management Professionals Hawai’i, 2003
Co-author of Federal Circuit Yearbook, 2001-2002
Contributor of How to Write a Patent Application, 2000  


Top Ten Oralist Award of ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition
Best Brief Writer Award and Third Place Award for Best Advocate of Loyola Law School Moot Court Competition

Community Service and Activities

Kihei Community Association member (2006-2010)
Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena Executive Committee Director (2004-2006)
Pasadena Tournament of Roses member (2004-2006)
Maui County Sectionals Women’s Tennis (2008)
Founder and Captain of Hawai’i Women’s Lacrosse Team (2001)

McKeon, Imlay and Mehling
2145 Kaohu Street, Suite 203
Wailuku, Hawaii 96793
p. 808.242.6644 | f. 808.244.9775

McKeon Imlay Mehling
A Limited Liability Law Company
2145 Kaohu Street, Suite 203
Wailuku, Hawaii 96793
p. 808.242.6644 | f. 808.244.9775

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