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Shannon Carmel Forrest

Family Attorney at Williamsburg, VA

5.0   7 reviews

also known as Shannon Carmel Shaeffer

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About Shannon

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Practice areas
  1. Family
    At my first “real” law job, I began to interact with clients, and added custody, visitation, and contested divorces to my repertoire. I also spent considerable time in correspondence, coordinating hearings with Courts and drafting attorney pleadings, such as subpoenas. To date, I have handled contested custody, visitation, child support, adoption and, of course, divorces. I am self-motivated, time-conscious, and have avarice for problem-solving.

    12 years

  2. Commercial real estate

I began focusing my practice while still in law school, taking on divorce cases under a Third Year Practice Certificate.  I have spent considerable time in correspondence, drafting pleadings and attending hearings in the local courts.  I have handled matters in custody, visitation, child support, adoption and divorce.


I currently live in Williamsburg with my husband and tuxedo cat, Thaddeus.

Licensed for 12 years
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 2010
Updated 03/11/2014

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Posted by Always Grateful | June 13, 2018
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Restored Faith
I recently retained Miss Forrest for a family law matter. Before we began to discuss the particulars of my case, I had informed her of my "lack of faith" in the legal system after receiving some bad legal advice from a different family law attorney. Not only did Miss Forrest listened tentatively to my concerns, she explained to me in easy to follow details of the process we were about to embark on, and assured me that she will keep me informed of any and all progress or developments as soon as they occur. Family law matters on its own can be a very mentally and emotionally draining on any person having to go through such processes. Miss Forrest consistently remained the voice of reason to me and before she came to me with a "problem or development" she had prepared several potential solutions to present to me. She is honest and strait forward. Her knowledge of family law and parental rights are outstanding and her knowledge of the entire court system where my case was held at, is equally impressive. In all of my years as a professional who is accustomed to having to handle numerous types of challenges in unfamiliar territory, I am extremely grateful to have had Shannon Forrest navigate and guide my way through this.
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Posted by Jade | January 16, 2018
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Excellent service
Shannon helped me through the stress of dealing with a divorce overseas. She did everything with the court & I never even had to go to a hearing. She was very prompt and quick to return advice or answer any questions I had, and willing to work with me in a difficult situation.
Posted by Amber | November 24, 2015
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Mrs. Shaeffer
Mrs. Shaeffer had been an amazing attorney. She has treated me with kindness and compassion not just a pay check. She had taken time to answer all my questions and never made me feel like an inconvenience. She always fought for what I wanted but made me aware of the realistic outcomes. Mrs. Shaeffer made my horrible divorce and child support matter as painless and pleasant experience as possible. I have reccommended her to several of friends!!! You are in the best hands possible if you hire Mrs. Shaeffer!!!
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Posted by Stephen | November 20, 2015
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custody battle
A wonderful layer. Kind of quiet and reserved. But she has an excellent grasp on the law and knows when to turn it up in a court room! Very honest and will fight for you . She got me custody with out questioning a single witness great experience.
Posted by Julie | November 19, 2015
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Integrity and professional
Ms. Schaeffer was professional, knowledgeable, she listened to me, helped me sort out the craziness of a divorce and was a great support. By the time we finalized all the paperwork, I walked away with what I needed and wanted. She did a great job!
Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2015
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Honest, fair, accurate, correct, and highly informative
At a time in my life when so much did not make sense Shannon Shaeffer made it all make sense. I could not have asked more in an attorney. Everything she told me would happen, happened. Everything she said to prepare for was spot on. Her estimate of time and cost were perfect! I highly recommend her services.
Posted by Patrick | August 12, 2015
Integrity and Compassion
Shannon represented me during my divorce. Without her support and advice, I would have been completely lost. Her experience and compassion got me through one of the most difficult times of my life and helped me win custody of my children. I highly recommend her to anyone in need of legal services.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Pedersen Law, PLLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Beavers Law, P.C.
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Phenix Law Group, PLLC
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Kristina Beavers, Attorney At Law
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Assistant then Attorney
  • Eagles Law, P.C.
  • 2010 - 2011
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  • Regent University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Houghton College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005


  • THRIVE Peninsula, Inc.
  • Board of Directors
  • 2017 - Present
  • Williamsburg Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Newport News Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Virginia Peninsula Paralegal Association meeting
  • Estate Planning Cheat Sheet
  • 2016
  • Secure Your Legacy
  • Secure Your Legacy
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (22)
Endorse Shannon
Unknown Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Shaeffer is sincere, knowledgeable and enthusiastic and genuinely cares about the outcome for her clients. These are qualities particularly valuable in the practice of domestic relations law. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"Shannon is a compassionate attorney who is dedicated to helping her clients."
Unknown Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shannon is a caring professional who enjoys using her creativity to seek the results her clients desire."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I appreciate Shannon Shaeffer's commitment to her clients. She is an effective lawyer who participates in the Bar Association and training to continually enhance her skills."
Family Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Ms. Shaeffer becomes intimately involved and totally dedicated to each of her clients and will do whatever it takes to help them get the best possible outcome."
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