estate planning attorney

Don Shaw

Owner / Attorney

(571) 554-8200

When I was very young, my father broke his back working for the railroad. My earliest memories are of him lying in the living room of our small house in rural Appalachia on a hospital bed alongside the bay window, in a full body cast. I was seven when my father started college and eleven when I watched him cross the stage at the age of 35; the first college graduate in his family. I saw how hard my dad worked, with the help of others, to get through four years of college in hopes of improving his family’s lot in life. That experience shaped who I am and my calling to dedicate my adult life to service to others.

From a young age, I joined the military and proudly served my country for the next 20 years. As a noncommissioned officer, I spent many hours every day training young soldiers; teaching them how to survive in hostile environments. I volunteered to serve as an international arms control interpreter and spent five years traveling in the former Soviet Union working to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons.

My family and I first moved to Prince William County in 1997 and are proud to call Dale City our home. My daughter, Ashley, is a special needs person and has been a great influence in my life. As Ashley grew older, it became apparent that we would need to carefully plan for Ashley’s future. Like many parents, we had no idea where to start and fumbled our way through the system. That experience played a large part in my decision to practice law and help families with their estate planning and related legal needs.

I established my law practice to continue what I consider life’s highest calling: service to others. My background gives me the ability to see your situation through the eyes of someone who has been there. As a veteran and the father of a person with special needs, I understand at a very personal level the importance of proper estate planning.

I graduated magna cum laude from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. In addition to the mandatory coursework, I focused my studies on Arbitration Law, Family Mediation, Estates and Trusts, and Elder Law.

When we help ourselves, we find moments of happiness. When we help others, we find lasting fulfillment.

– Simon Sinek
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Estate Planning Law
  • Elder Law
  • Guardianship of Incapacitated Adults
  • Special Needs Planning
  • Probate
  • Juris Doctor, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
  • Master of Science in Information Management, Syracuse University
  • Master of Public Administration, Troy University
  • Bachelor of Science, Excelsior College
  • American Bar Association
  • DC Bar 
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Prince William County Bar Association