Tanya Shunnara

, Shareholder


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Tanya is a member of the Estates, Wills and Trusts practice of Sirote & Permutt, where she advises clients in planning their estates to accomplish personal goals and minimize estate taxes. Tanya's practice focuses on family wealth transfer planning, business succession planning, transfer tax minimization and assisting families in carrying out their testamentary goals.

Awards & Accreditations

  • Alabama Super Lawyers


  • Alabama Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2012-15
  • Birmingham Magazine, Top Attorney, Rising Stars, 2012


  • Estate Planning Council
  • UAB Professional Advisory Council, Executive Council Board Member
  • Alabama Planned Giving Council, President
    • Board of Directors since 2009
  • Birmingham and Alabama State Bar Associations
  • American Bar Association
    • Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section

Thought Leadership

  • Practices Estate Planning for individuals, including advising clients in planning their estates to accomplish personal goals and minimize estate taxes
  • Drafts documents such as wills and trusts, to carry out clients' plans
  • Assists families of deceased persons in probate administration--especially those estates with estate, gift or income tax implications
  • Helps clients develop charitable giving techniques and establish both public and private tax-exempt entities

Cumberland School of Law

JD, cum laude, 2007

  • Presidential Scholar
  • Cumberland Law Review
  • Outstanding Editor Award, 2006-07
  • Student Materials Editor, 2006-07
  • Junior Member, 2005-06
  • Student Bar Association, Senior Class Secretary, 2006-07
  • Caruthers Fellow, 2005-06
  • Best Brief Award - Spring 2005
  • Curia Honoris Society

University of Alabama

BA, summa cum laude, 2004

  • Presidential Scholar 
  • University Honors Program Graduate

  • The Blackburn Institute
  • Fellow
  • YWCA
  • Junior Board
  • Leadership UAB
  • Steering Committee
  • Girls Scouts of North Central Alabama
  • Board Member, former
  • UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Young Supporters Board, former

  • Author, "Do-it-Yourself Will: Cautionary tale," The Counselor, July 2014
  • Author, "Debt Collector Violated Federal Law by Charging Percentage-based Collection Fee, Alabama Law Weekly Update, January 6, 2014
  • Author, "Eleventh Circuit Affirms Judgment Against ASU in Employment Discrimination Suit", Alabama Law Weekly Update, September 12, 2013
  • Author, "Substantiation of Charitable Contributions Deductions: Prove It or Lose It!", The Counselor, June 2013
  • Author, "Adverse Possession - Measurement of Time of Possession Stops Running at Commencement of Action; TILA - Assignment Made for Administrative Convenience Does Not Require Notice of New Creditor", Alabama Law Weekly Update, May 29, 2013
  • Author, "Supreme Court Clarifies Aspect of State Immunity Doctrine; FDIC Changes to Insured Balance Limits", Alabama Law Weekly Update, January 29, 2013
  • Author, "On Our Honor - the Soiree@SoHo Was A Blast!", Sirote Supports, August 2012
  • Author, Sirote Weekly Alabama Law Update, February 1, 2010
  • Co-Author, "Succession Planning Is a Must", Banking Traditions The Magazine of the Community Bankers Association of Alabama, Winter 2009
  • Author, "Not So Common Knowledge about Common Law Marriage", Estate Planning Advantage, Spring 2008
  • Author, "Estate Planning in the Digital Age", Estate Planning Advantage, Fall 2007
  • Author, Comment, "Reaction to Raich: The Commerce Clause Counter-Revolution", Cumb. L. Rev. Vol. 37, 2007
  • Author, Note, "Constitutional Law -- Capital Punishment -- Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments Prohibit Execution of Juvenile Offenders", Cumb. L. Rev., Vol. 36, 2005  

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