While exploring downtown Raleigh, Ursula Shaughnessy saw the famous ducks of the Tharrington Smith fountain and thought “That looks like a great place to work!” A few days later, January 4, 1994, she began working for the firm’s Civil and Criminal sections under Attorneys Dan Clark and Hardy Lewis. Ms. Shaughnessy later transferred to the Education Law practice group and became legal assistant to Ann Majestic. After the birth of twins, she continued to work with Tharrington Smith part-time, then on a more regular schedule returning to full time engagement with the Family Law group. Ms. Shaughnessy’s position has come full circle, returning to also assist Dan Clark in the Civil Litigation and Education sections.
When Ms. Shaughnessy was nine-months pregnant with her first daughter, Mr. Clark actually insisted on driving her to the doctor. “For me, Tharrington Smith is like family,” she says. “The people here care about one another and do their best to accommodate each other’s needs. We definitely work hard but that hard work is valued by the many recognitions and celebrations given throughout the year.”
Ms. Shaughnessy attended the University of North Carolina – School of the Arts in Drama and graduated from Appalachian State University cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. In 2019, Ms. Shaughnessy earned certification as a Project Management Professional and uses this knowledge to increase efficiency, communication and organization.