Roy R. Shannon

Roy Shannon is a founding partner at Shannon & Wright LLP where he represents clients in Real Estate and Business Transactions, as well as Civil/Commercial Litigation.

Roy’s Real Estate practice involves representing clients in all levels of real estate transactions, land use proceedings, eminent domain, condemnation proceedings, commercial landlord-tenant issues, contractor disputes, construction defects, and all aspects of real estate disputes.

His Business practice includes representing individuals and businesses in entity formations, transactions (consolidation, acquisition, sales of assets, sale of business, and dissolution), fiduciary responsibilities, corporate governance, business litigation (shareholder disputes, partnership disputes, and valuation difference), and dispute resolution.

Roy has extensive experience representing clients in state and federal court at both the trial and appellate levels. He appears on behalf of clients in administrative and regulatory proceedings. He also represents clients in alternative dispute resolutions proceedings: arbitration and mediation.

Prior to entering private practice, Roy served as Clerk of the Court for the U.S.C.G. Court of Criminal Appeals for three years. Roy is a native of the Washington area, where he attended St. Johns College H.S. He currently lives Alexandria with his wife and their five children. Roy spends his time outside the office maximizing his free time by coaching / watching youth sports, attending / volunteering at school and community activities, and enjoying family road trips.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Chair, Alexandria Community Services Board (2014-2019)
  • Member, Alexandria Community Services Board (2009-2019)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar (Real Property Section, Business Section, & Litigation Section)
  • Virginia Bar Association (Real Estate Section, Business Section, & Civil Ligation Section)
  • Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® Attorney Roundtable
  • Alexandria Bar Association
  • Loudoun County Bar Association
  • Fairfax Bar Association

Awards & Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers®, Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate, Litigation – 2024
  • Super Lawyers, Real Estate, Virginia – 2023 – 2021
  • Legal Elite, Real Estate/Land Use, Virginia Business Magazine – 2023 – 2020
  • Top Attorneys, Real Estate, Land Use & Zoning, Arlington Magazine – 2023, 2022 & 2019
  • Pro Bono Co-Counsel of the Year Award, Legal Services of Northern Virginia – 2020
  • Top Lawyer, Northern Virginia Magazine – 2019




Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Resolving Boundary Disputes in Virginia, National Business Institute (NBI), September 2022
    – Using the Top Methods to Resolve Boundary Line and Encroachment Disputes
    – Using the Top Methods to Tackle Easement Disputes
  • The Attorney’s Complete Guide to Curing Title Defects, National Business Institute (NBI), April 2022
    – Troubleshooting Boundary, Survey, and Encroachment Issues
    – Easements, Access Issues, Restrictions, and Conditions
  • Road and Easement Law from A to Z– April 2018
    – An Easement Case – Litigation and Trial Preparation
  • Land Use and Zoning Law– July 2017
    – Planning Board/Zoning Board of Appeal Hearings and Challenging Adverse Decisions
  • Land Use Law: Current Issues in Subdivision, Zoning and More– July 2016
    – Analyze the Land Subdivision Process
  • Real Estate Litigation in Virginia– May 2016
    – Litigation Issues Arising in Real Estate Transactions
    – Pretrial Considerations in Real Estate Litigation
  • Practical Guide to Zoning and Land Use Law– July 2015
    – Challenging or Appealing an Administrative Zoning Decision
  • Landlord-Tenant Law in Virginia– September 2014
    – Panel Discussion
  • Litigating Disputes Over Easements and Restrictive Covenants– April 2014
    – Investigation: What Crucial Evidence Are You Looking For?
    – Drafting Descriptions and Agreements to Avoid Disputes
    – Case Law Update
  • Advanced Trial Tactics– June 2013
    Opening Statements and Direct Examinations