Minturn Wright

Minturn Wright is a founding partner at Shannon Mullins & Wright LLP where he primarily focuses his practice in Real Estate transactions and Litigation matters.
Minturn’s two-plus decades of experience as a lawyer have been almost equally divided between real estate transfers and other transactions on the one hand, and litigation (principally real estate, tax appeals and tax sales, civil rights, and insurance defense) on the other. He also has had experience dealing with environmental issues, business entities (corporations, limited liability companies, and the like), and trademark issues, particularly licensing.

Minturn has worked at firms ranging from large international firms to small boutiques. Most recently, he was at Rich Rosenthal Brincefield Manitta Dzubin & Kroeger, LLP, where he concentrated in real estate and business issues, and affiliated with a property tax consultancy, working against over-taxation. In addition, he has done pro bono work for a wide range of non-profit and governmental organizations, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions, Girls on the Run, and a number of charitable foundations.

Minturn earned a B.S. in biology and lettered in crew at Yale. He earned an M.S. in biology from the University of Southern California on the way to law school at U.S.C. His law dissertation concerned the ownership of Antarctica and its natural resources. After finishing law school, Minturn completed his graduate work, earning a Ph.D. in biology, also from U.S.C. His work centered around natural antibiotics from marine invertebrates and on the larvae of calcareous tubeworms. His scientific background enables him to understand many issues quickly and allows for creative approaches and thinking in his legal work.

Minturn has been invited to speak at a number of Continuous Legal Education events and to organize CLE courses.

In addition to being a lawyer, Minturn serves on charitable boards, makes guest presentations at local schools, has taught college-level material, has written articles for scientific journals, and has participated in a number of academic and professional conferences and research expeditions. He is a big believer in participatory democracy, and probably will not be in the office on Election Day.

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • California
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Yale University B.S.
  • University of Southern California, JD, MS, PhD

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, Fairfax County Bar Association
  • Member, Alexandria Bar Association

Awards & Recognitions

  • Legal Elite, Real Estate/Land Use, Virginia Business Magazine – 2020

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • “The Duties of a Director of a Non-Profit Organization” – given numerous times
  • “Using LLCs to Purchase Rental Property” – February 2020 (NBI presentation)