G. Christopher Wright

Christopher Wright is a founding partner at Shannon & Wright LLP in Alexandria Virginia where he represents clients in the areas of Tax Planning and Tax Compliance, Planning & Transactions; Wealth Planning; Estate & Trust Administration, and Business Transactions.

Chris is both an Attorney and a Certified Public Account. He brings over eighteen years’ experience in corporate finance and accounting to the practice of law.

He speaks regularly on his areas of practice and is an adjunct professor at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. He earned his undergraduate degree from East Carolina University and his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.

Outside of the office, you can often find Chris listening to Frank Sinatra or shopping for a new statement hat.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Chair, Senior Services of Alexandria (2022-2024)
  • Treasurer, Senior Services of Alexandria (2020-2021)
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Senior Services of Alexandria (2019-2020)
  • Chair, CLE Committee of the Virginia State Bar Section on Taxation (2023-2024)
  • Chair, Virginia State Bar Section on Taxation (2022-2023)
  • Adjunct Professor, Taxation on Wealth Transfers/Estate Planning, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (2018 to Present)
  • Past President, Alexandria Bar Association (2019-2020)
  • President, Alexandria Bar Association (2018-2019)
  • Member, Senior Law Day Planning Committee (2015-2019)
  • Chair of Finance Committee, Old Dominion Boat Club (2015-2016)
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Alexandria Bar Association (2014-2018)
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Alexandria Law Library (2014-2018)
  • Chairman, Wills for Heroes Committee, Alexandria Bar Association (2013)

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Lawyers®, Trusts and Estates & Tax Law – 2024
  • Super Lawyers, Estate Planning & Probate, Virginia 2023 & 2022
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, Estate Planning & Probate, Virginia – 2021
  • Legal Elite, Taxes/Estates/Trusts, Virginia Business Magazine – 2023 – 2020
  • Top Attorneys, Tax, Arlington Magazine – 2023 – 2021
  • Top Attorneys, Trusts & Estates, Arlington Magazine – 2023
  • Donald F. Mela Distinguished Service Award
  • Harry L. Carrico Pro Bono Award

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • The Three-Headed Dragon: The Intersection of Real Estate Deeds, Divorce, and Taxes, VSB Annual Meeting (May 2024)
  • The Pass Through Entity Tax: A SALT Cap Workaround, Taxation Law Reporter, VSB Taxation Law Section Newsletter (Winter 2023)
  • Living Trusts: Forms and Practice (Matthew Bender), Update Contributor (2014 to Present)
  • Top 5 LLC Mistakes to Avoid in Everyday Business Practices, NBI, Inc. (May 2021)
  • LLC Tax Tactics 2021, NBI, Inc. (2021)
  • What to Do with Existing IRA Trusts after the SECURE Act, NBI, Inc. (2020)
  • Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts, Presentation to Autism Society of Northern Virginia (2020)
  • Income Tax Update 2020, Alexandria Bar Association CLE (2020)
  • Planning with Retirement Accounts, Fairfax Bar Association (2019)
  • Individual and Small Business Income Tax Highlights for 2019, Alexandria Bar Association CLE (2019)
  • Navigating Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (2018)
  • Impact of President Trump’s Unified Framework on Individual and Pass-Through Taxes, Alexandria Bar Association CLE (2018)
  • Tax Tips for Parents of a Child with Special Needs, Presentation at McLean Bible Church (2018)
  • Individual Tax Deductions, Presentation at Burke Library of Alexandria (2018)
  • Virginia’s New Elective Share, Alexandria Bar Association CLE (2018)
  • Tax Aspects of ABLE Accounts (2018)
  • IRAs in Life and Death, Alexandria Bar Association CLE (2016)
  • Legal Ethics – Medicaid Planning Seminar, NBI, Inc. (2014)