University of Richmond

Shannon E. Sinclair named University of Richmond's first general counsel

October 28, 2008

Shannon E. Sinclair, former senior vice president and general counsel of Inova Health Systems in Fairfax, Va., has been named University of Richmond's first in-house general counsel.

Sinclair joined Inova in 1997 as assistant vice president and associate general counsel, moving up to vice president and deputy general counsel in 2001, then to her most recent position in 2002. Inova operates five hospitals, three long-term care facilities and numerous outpatient centers with more than $2.5 billion in revenues and 15,000 employees.

Her responsibilities with Inova have included management of legal affairs, oversight of risk management, advising the board of trustees and senior leadership on governance, and promoting legislative and regulatory agendas. She also has been actively involved in Inova's emergency preparedness, institutional strategy and operations.

Higher education law and regulation has become increasingly complex in recent years, leading to the university's decision to create the general counsel position.

University of Richmond President Ed Ayers said, "Shannon brings to Richmond extensive experience in legal affairs and as a senior administrator. I look forward to the contributions she will make through managing our legal portfolio and helping shape institutional policy and strategy in key areas."

Sinclair is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia's honors history program. She went on to earn her law degree cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and clerk for Judge Richard B. Kellam of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. She later earned the master's of public health from Harvard University.

Sinclair has worked as an associate with McGuire, Woods, Battle & Booth in Richmond and McLean, Va., and was assistant legal counsel to The George Washington University Medical Center in Washington. Her experience includes non-profit, employment, privacy, tax, contracting, litigation, real estate, land use and regulatory compliance law.