OUR ATTORNEYS

Shannon Hutcheson

Shannon Hutcheson

For over fifteen years, Shannon has represented employers of all sizes, from start-ups to publicly traded corporations, in virtually all aspects of labor and employment law, including counseling, training and litigation. While in private practice, Shannon also served as interim Assistant General Counsel for Litigation and Labor and Employment for one of her global clients. This experience taught Shannon the value of clear, concise and timely advice.

Shannon was born in Fort Worth, Texas, but spent her formative years in Kansas City, Missouri. Eager to return to Texas, Shannon attended Austin College in Sherman. Shannon came to Austin to attend the University of Texas School of Law where she graduated with honors and was named Order of the Coif. Shannon practiced with the international firm of Baker Botts LLP for twelve years in Dallas and Austin. In 2008 and again in 2012, Shannon was named a Rising Star in litigation by Texas Monthly magazine, which is awarded to less than 2.5% of Texas lawyers for demonstrating excellence in their practice. Shannon is also a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, which funds legal representation for the poor. She also serves on the Board of Directors and Development Committee of the Austin Children’s Shelter. Shannon and her family enjoy traveling and spending time on their ranch.

Allison Bowers

Allison Bowers

Allison provides legal counsel to both small and large companies concerning termination and management of employees and compliance with various laws relating to the workforce. In addition to defending traditional employment law claims, Allison has also litigated cases involving non-competition and theft of trade secret issues. Allison has argued at state and federal appellate courts and has represented clients in front of various arbitration panels and at trial.

Born and raised in Palacios, Texas, Allison’s approach to law reflects her small town sensibilities. Allison graduated in the top of her class from the University of Texas with a Plan II major and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. Allison attended the University of Texas School of Law where she again graduated with honors, after serving on the Texas Law Review. She clerked for Judge Lee Yeakel, now of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in Austin. Allison practiced with Baker Botts LLP before co-founding this law firm with her long-time colleague, Shannon. Most recently, Allison has been involved with the Austin Human Resources Management Association, which is a non-profit group dedicated to developing Austin’s HR leaders. Allison serves on the group’s Board of Directors, has spoken numerous times at AHRMA events, participates in the Legal & Legislative Affairs Committee, and co-chairs AHRMA’s Marketing and PR Committee. Allison and her husband spend most of their time spoiling their only daughter and obsessing over Texas football.

Amy Beckstead

Amy Beckstead

Amy, an AV-rated lawyer, assists employers in complying with the multitude of federal and state employment laws and is licensed in both Texas and California. She has guided employers through complicated employment matters, including reclassification of exempt employees to nonexempt positions, Department of Labor investigations and audits, and implementing reductions in force.  Amy also is a litigator, defending employers in wage and hour lawsuits, wrongful termination, employment discrimination, sexual harassment and other employment-related lawsuits in state and federal courts, arbitrations, and federal and state agencies.  Amy counsels the firm’s clients on California law compliance and represents those clients in California courts when necessary.

Amy was born and raised on a farm outside of Selden, Kansas. Amy attended Kansas State University, graduating with honors. She then attended the University of Kansas School of Law, where she graduated at the top of her class. Amy began practicing employment law in San Diego, California at the global law firm DLA Piper, before moving to Austin in 2009. Prior to joining Hutcheson Bowers in 2014, Amy was a partner at DLA Piper. Amy is also the founder of MAMAs Austin, a 300+ attorney networking group for working mother attorneys in Travis County, is a regular presenter on employment law topics (including presentations for the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Practising Law Institute), and is an Advisory Board Member for the Hastings Leadership Academy for Women. Amy and her husband spend their free time hiking and hanging out with their son and daughter.

Stacy Rogers Sharp

Stacy Sharp

Stacy joined the firm in 2013 and serves as the firm’s go-to researcher, writer, and federal court authority. In addition to her law practice, Stacy teaches legal research as well as written and oral advocacy at the University of Texas School of Law. Before joining the UT faculty, Stacy practiced law at Baker Botts LLP as a civil litigator whose practice covered a broad range of commercial and employment matters.

Stacy’s federal court proficiency developed from her experience as a clerk to the Honorable Lee Yeakel, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Texas, where she handled a heavy civil docket that included federal employment disputes. She is currently the President of the Austin Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

A graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Stacy was named a Chancellor and served as a member of the Texas Law Review. She also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Nathan Hecht of the Texas Supreme Court. Prior to law school, Stacy taught math and science in Honduras, the South Bronx, and Austin. She attended Vanderbilt University, where she met her husband. They and their two children live in Central Austin.