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Kristen Marie Shannon

Criminal defense Attorney at Chesapeake, VA

3.9   10 reviews
  • State Years
    Virginia - VA 16 years
    Florida - FL 18 years
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2005
    Retired No misconduct found

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

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Shannon & Bedois, PC
2006 Old Greenbrier Road
Suite 4
Chesapeake, VA, 23320

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3.9 / 5.0
  10 customer reviews
Posted by Matt | March 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Exceeded Expectations
As an out of state driver that was ticketed in Virginia, I was concerned that I would not be able to keep the ticket off my record. I hired Kristen Shannon by phone and we had several conversations about the importance of keeping the ticket off my record. Kristen suggested that I provide a clean driving abstract, do an online defensive driving school and let her do the rest. I'm happy to report that Kristen was able to have my speeding ticket dismissed with no further cost, and no damage to my driving record. Thank you, and although I hope to not need your services for a traffic violation, if I ever do, I am sure to call!!
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Posted by Anthony | February 10, 2016
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Reckless Driving Charge
I am an extremely satisfied Commercial Driver of 20 years!!! Attorney Shannon's knowledge of the charge I was ticketed with and the assurance that this would not follow me into my future, put my mind at ease. Every question concerning my case was answered before my court date. She and her staff were personable and very professional. I live in the Richmond area of Virginia, and had to call at least 7 attorneys in the Va Beach Area and Attorney Shannon was the best choice !!! I recommend her highly to professional drivers and other drivers as well !!!
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Posted by Carlos | January 29, 2016
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Child Custody Case
For many months the fear of losing primary custody of my step-son weighed heavily on my heart. I trusted in God that the Judge's decision would be for the best interest of my son. However, I battled the fear that most parents would experience in this type of situation. Ms. Shannon calmed those fears every time we spoke to her about this situation. She was always empathetic, honest, professional, as well as a great listener. She treated us like family and this is more than I could've asked for. We are indebted to her for her efforts and her generosity. I would recommend her to anyone seeking a family lawyer who sincerely cares about their clients.
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Posted by Lindsey | January 14, 2016
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Amazing, professional, organized, and thorough, and WE WON!
Mrs. Shannon is an incredible attorney. She is so thorough and picked up on many things that I would not have even imagined to matter in our family case. I have been traumatized by previous court experiences and unjust rulings with my X-husband so when I found out that he was going to try and get primary custody of our son, all of those anxieties came back. Mrs. Shannon, being a family person herself, listened carefully to all of my concerns and actually made the court experience incredibly peaceful (I never thought that was possible). The judge even said that it was the most "memorable" court experiences because of how wonderful everything was. She also did an excellent job keeping us up to date and informing us of what was going on in a way that we could understand (legal terminology is another language for me). She took in each of my anxieties and fears with an open ear and even prayed with us when asked to do so. I love her heart! If we have any future legal matters (especially in the family area) we would be sure to ask her to represent us again, and so should you!!! You will not go wrong with such an amazing attorney!!! Her attention to details is what helped in winning our case. I am happy to say that my son will be staying at home with me!
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Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent service and knowledge
Kristen was very knowledgeable about the laws of my matter. She clearly explained my rights and was very helpful in directing me in the next steps of my journey. She is extremely professional and still very compassionate. I felt confident going to court knowing she was handling my case.
Posted by C C | August 3, 2013
During the intial visit and each time I met with Ms Shannon, she appeared to be somewhat timid> At one point I remembered thinking that I needed an attorney with a little more "umph". Ahh...hhh was I surprised! This is a smart attorney. She is thorough and tough when she needs to be. Not only diid I see a great deal of "umph" but when my case was done, I'm also sure the opposing attorney was thinking, "umph..umph...ummm" because she surprised him too!!! Attorney Shannon will work hard for you. But...what impressed me the most was her response to my telephone calls and many questions. Her receptionist (Anne) was on point as well. Although, I hated the fact that I needed an attorney, she make the process a little more bearable.
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Posted by Kimberly | June 12, 2010
Kristen consultation gave came to fruition in the courtroom. Money well spent. She's a hard worker.
Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2014
Not what I expected
The only, but huge, issue I had with her services is that I found her to be extremely uncommunicative. Not being an attorney I had no idea what to expect, and she did next to nothing to prepare me for court. I was not told what would happen, how to prepare myself, what to know, what to do, what she needed from me, what anyone needed from me, etc. I felt the entire time that I was very low on the totem pole in terms of priority. After working with other attorneys since, I now know that this is not the norm. My entire case ended up being fought on evidence I had to proactively gather without being asked - because I became scared that she was not following through and guiding me properly. Had I not done that, I sincerely believe I would have lost in a big way. In court, you could tell she was bright, and sharp, and handled herself very well. In fact - I am utterly baffled at how much skill she appears to have, but how poorly she handled the case. At the end of the day the case went worse than expected, and I did everything possible to help myself - but my attorney could have done so much more. I'm not sure she even cares or knows how much those mistakes cost me. For the above reasons I couldn't honestly recommend her.
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Posted by Nathan | December 4, 2020
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Just a job
I’m not one to usually write reviews, but under these circumstances it seems appropriate. I hired ms Shannon to represent my sister on a motion to reconsider and at the beginning she seemed very sincere in her desire to help. Something had changed once she got paid and it seemed like i was working for her instead of her working for me. After all it must be a very strenuous process to write a letter under these current times we live in. My sister by no means is a bad person she suffers from addiction and nothing more then a possession charge. My father has been in and out of the hospital for the past 4 months and will soon pass without seeing his daughter again. I have lived in another state for years and get back to visit pretty regularly. However i cannot stay full time to help out. It took her three weeks to get the motion ready after i had given her information about the second part of my sister sentence which is a useless subcontracted state run reintroduction program. After waiting the 3 weeks and finally seeing the motion she wrote it wasn’t even close to the information i had given her. The state i was living in was wrong, my fathers ailments and the severity of them was incorrect. I had given up at that point and decided to accept things as they are. I am aware that most individuals usually have things going on in their lives which prevent them from being present, however i would not recommend her under any circumstances . She appears to Andy be in it for a buck and she is really not that good at it. Her assistant was very pretentious and you would think she is the one with the law degree.
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Response from Kristen Shannon December 5, 2020
Nathan, I empathize with the stress and frustration that you are experiencing over your father’s declining health and your sister’s incarceration. However, I think your comments in your review are misplaced. As you remember, I was retained to draft a Motion to Reconsider your sister’s sentence. I was not the attorney who handled your sister’s underlying case or sentencing. During our consultation, I warned you that post-conviction motions were not frequently granted, and you stated that you understood that. Three weeks to prepare and draft a motion of this nature is not excessive by industry standards. As I was not the attorney that handled the underlying charges/sentencing, I needed to review the court file, speak with the original attorney, contact the Department of Corrections and clarify information with you. My office communicated with you numerous times during my representation and tried to manage your expectations. I was surprised to see this review, as you did not express any dissatisfaction to me when we discussed the court’s denial of the motion. Your frustration was directed at the court’s ruling, not at the way I handled your sister’s matter. I’m not sure what changed between then and now, but I am certainly willing to discuss any issues that have arisen with you. Please contact my office and I will be glad to schedule a time to speak with you.
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Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2013
No Good
Other issues withstanding, she did not show up to court! She scheduled two court cases at the same time and I sat in court waiting for my attorney to show up AND SHE NEVER DID!!!! Not worth taking the chance on.
Response from Kristen Shannon June 21, 2013
Thank you for your review. However, to my best recollection, there have been no Family Law cases where I have not appearing at a scheduled court hearing. While there are certainly instances where another hearing may run longer than anticipated, causing me to be late to the next scheduled hearing, those instances are not common. When those situations arise, my staff immediately contacts the courts and makes them aware of my location. Unfortunately, there are circumstances beyond an attorney's control when dealing with time in court. However, there has not been a time when I simply "do not show up."
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 195-250 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.6 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Shannon & Bedois, P.C.
  • 2013 - Present
  • Partner
  • Kristen M. Shannon, PC
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Michael J. Woods, PC
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Escambia County State Attorney's Office
  • 2005 - 2007
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  • Regent University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Marshall University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001


  • Chesapeake Bar Association
  • Executive Officer
  • 2016 - 2016
  • Virginia Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • District Representative
  • 2011 - 2012

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
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"Kristen is a diligent advocate for her clients. She is very prepared and easy to work with. I endorse this attorney."
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Chesapeake Criminal defense Lawyer Kristen Marie Shannon
Kristen Marie Shannon
Criminal defense Attorney
Chesapeake, VA
Licensed for 18 years
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