G. Christopher Wright
Partner

Chris Wright is a founding partner at Shannon Mullins & Wright LLP where he represents clients regarding estate planning, tax law, business law, and elder law.

A native of Washington, D.C., Chris brings over eighteen years’ experience in corporate finance and accounting to the practice of law. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, in 2011 from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.

Chris worked full-time as a Certified Public Accountant while attending law school at night. During law school, he worked on Catholic University Law Review, and his Comment: Taxation of Personal Injury Awards: Addressing the Mind/Body Dualism that Plagues Section 104(a)(2) of the Tax Code, was published in the fall of 2010. Currently serving as President of the Alexandria Bar Association, 2018-2019.

Chris lives in Alexandria with his wife and two children.

Areas of Practice

Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 2011
  • B.S.B.A. – Finance, East Carolina University, 1992

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • State of Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Tax Court

Memberships

  • Alexandria Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Maryland Bar Association
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Certifications

  • Certified Public Accountant

Publications

  • Mr. Wright contributes to the annual updates in Living Trusts: Forms and Practice, Matthew Bender & Company, Inc. (2014)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member of the Board of Directors, Senior Services of Alexandria (2019-present)
  • Adjunct Professor, Class: Wealth Transfer Tax, The Catholic University of America (2019-present)
  • Member of Board of Directors, Alexandria Bar Association (2013-present)
  • Member of Board of Directors, Alexandria Law Library (2013)
  • Treasurer, Alexandria Law Library (2013-present)
  • President, Alexandria Bar Association, 2018-2019
  • Chairman, Wills for Heroes Committee, Alexandria Bar Association (2012)
  • Chair of Finance Committee, Old Dominion Boat Club (2013-2017)
  • Member, Senior Law Day Planning Committee (2015-2017)

Awards & Recognitions

  • Top Attorneys, Trust & Estate, Arlington Magazine, November/December 2019
  • Donald F. Mela Distinguished Service Award (2012-2013)
  • Harry L. Carrico Pro Bono Award (2013)

Speaking Engagements

Chris is available to speak at corporate and community events on a variety of tax and law topics. Most recent speeches have included:

  • November 2019, Presentation, “Planning with Retirement Accounts” Fairfax Bar Association, Wills, Trusts & Estates Section.
  • October 2019, Presentation, “Individual and Small Business Income Tax Highlights for 2019” CLE, Alexandria Bar Association.
  • Tax Issues for Special Needs
  • Estate Planning
  • Estate & Trust Administration
  • Business Formation
  • Other topics, as requested