If you opened your own business, what would it be? 

It would be a lot like the one I’m currently working in - an encouraging, positive, and welcoming environment where women can thrive in their careers.

 

I love our one rule simply stated on a sign in our hallway – Be Kind or Leave Thank You.

 

I also love that one of my partners has a sign in her office reminding her to stay humble; the other has a sign that says “she believed she could so she did.” And last but not least, my own sign - You cannot ask the law to do what only grace can accomplish.”

 

What advice would you give your younger self? 

Read your Bible more often.

Commit more scripture to memory.

Get to the library or bookstore and turn to a book by an expert to help with whatever is causing you to struggle.

Don’t look outside of yourself to define your success; build your confidence from within!

And if I’m being completely truthful and honest, the last thing you need right now is another wrong man in your life.

 

Exceptional Skills- 

I’m flexible, adaptable, caring, and empathetic, which assists me in connecting with my clients to truly understand their needs and concerns.

 

What makes you feel fulfilled? 

Learning that I did something or said something that made a positive impact in someone else’s life.

 

When asked to describe yourself, what’s the first word that pops into your mind? 

Thoughtful.

 

Favorite Book- 

I always try to have three books going at the same time: One I try to read daily – the Bible, one by a Christian author, and a secular one for my book clubs. A favorite book recently finished by a Christian author is A Life Beyond Amazing by David Jeremiah because what better way to live than by the fruit of the spirit (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance)? A recent favorite secular read I added to my favorites shelf was Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

 

What makes your heart race? 

I leave the business of racing hearts to my cardiac electrophysiologist husband, and his colleagues at Iowa Heart. J  <3

 

Organization or cause near to your heart- 

Kids First Law Center because children need their own advocate and ability to be heard in divorce, custody, and other conflicts. I was once where they are. ICIW Book Club is a close second.

 

What keeps you up at night? 

Children not having their critical health and safety needs met, whether it be children separated from parents at the border, children in war torn countries, or children suffering abuse and neglect in their own homes. Sometimes a case I’m working on will keep me up at night. Sometimes action is required, such as jotting down what is on my mind, or writing to my legislators. When I’m having trouble sleeping I recite Psalm 4:8 as many times as necessary (In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety)!

 

What is a belief you once held but no longer do? 

Incarcerated people are bad people.

 

What are you interested in connecting with other women about?

Books and conversation in general – I enjoy being lifted up, and lifting others.

Shanon Hounshell

Attorney

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