About Shannon Laymon-Pecoraro

Shannon Laymon-Pecoraro is a Shareholder of Hook Law Center, P.C. 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 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 State Bar Association
  • Special Needs Alliance
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals
  • Board of Directors for Hope House Foundation
  • Vann H. Lefcoe Leadership Development Program Alumni
  • Prior Member of the Advisory Board of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association
  • Prior Member of the Board of Let’s Open Doors


  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


  • Certified Elder Law Attorney
  • Series 65 – Uniform Investment Advisor Law Examination
  • Accredited with the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Health, Life & Annuities Producer
  • Guardian ad Litem for Incapacitated Adults

Honors and Awards

Named by Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine as a Rising Star in 2017 – 2020


  • 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 Lein and Other Leins of the Commonwealth, Liens in Personal Injury Actions (Virginia Trial Lawyers Association 2016)