Attorney, Shareholder, CELA

Shannon Laymon-Pecoraro


Shannon Laymon-Pecoraro is a Shareholder of Hook Law practicing in the areas of elder law, special needs planning, estate and trust administration, estate planning, asset protection planning, financial planning, guardianships, and conservatorships. Ms. Laymon-Pecoraro also works with plaintiffs who have been injured, and their trusted advisors, to advise on public benefits issues and developing trusts to protect settlements and verdicts. To date, she has completed over 250 personal-injury related trusts, specifically Settlement Protection Trusts and Special Needs Trusts, including those with Medicare Set-Asides.

Ms. Laymon-Pecoraro is certified as an Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by The National Elder Law Foundation (NELF). Approved by the American Bar Association and authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the CELA certification is the legal industry’s “gold standard” for elder law and special needs practitioners. There are only about 500 CELA-certified attorneys nationwide.

Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Ms. Laymon-Pecoraro handled estate planning documents for members of the United States Department of the Army and has been involved in the legal representation of several large corporations.


  • University of Baltimore School of Law | Juris Doctor with High Distinction, 2012
  • Wilmington University | Bachelor of Science, Business Management with High Distinction, 2007


  • Virginia Bar Association, Wills, Trusts, & Estates Section
  • Special Needs Alliance
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals
  • Hampton Roads Community Foundation Professional Advisors Committee

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Pennsylvania State Bar


  • Certified Elder Law Attorney
  • Series 65 – Uniform Investment Advisor Law Examination
  • Accredited with the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Life and Health Insurance Agent
  • Guardian ad Litem for Incapacitated Adults

Honors and Awards

  • Named by Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine as a Rising Star in 2017 – 2022


  • Special Needs Trust Handbook (Wolters Kluwer 2017 – Present)
  • Elder Law Report (Wolters Kluwer 2022 – Present)
  • Special Needs Trusts, Elder Law in Virginia (Virginia CLE 2016)
  • Powers of Attorney, Minor Children, and Assets in other Jurisdictions, Estate Planning (Virginia CLE 2016)
  • The Medicaid Lien and Other Liens of the Commonwealth, Liens in Personal Injury Actions (Virginia Trial Lawyers Association 2016)