With over 2 decades of professional experience in state and federal courts as well as years working with state agencies and the General Assembly to help shape more progressive criminal justice policies, Shannon Taylor is committed to continue protecting citizens in EVERY COMMUNITY in Virginia.

  • Commonwealth’s Attorney, Henrico County, 2012 – 2020 (currently serving 3rd term)
  • Defense Attorney, Boone Beale, Richmond, 2008 – 2011
  • Special Counsel, Richmond Metropolitan Grand Jury, 2004 – 2008
  • Special Assistant, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Richmond, 2002-2004
  • Senior Assistant, Commonwealths Attorney’s Office, Richmond 2000-2002
  • Special Assistant, U. S. Attorney’s Office, Richmond, 1999-2000
  • Assistant, Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, Richmond, 1996-1999


  • Richmond Metropolitan Women’s Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar, Standing Ethics Committee
  • National District Attorneys Association
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Commonwealth’s Attorneys Service Council
  • Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorney (Treasurer; Chair Compensation Committee; Member, Curriculum Committee)
  • Virginia Bar Association (Chair, Criminal Section 2017-2019)
  • Virginia Criminal Justice Conference (Co-Char, 2017)
  • Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission
  • Gov.-Elect McAuliffe Transition Committee
  • Gov.-Elect McAuliffe Public Safety Policy Council
  • Gov.-Elect McAuliffe Mental Health Policy Council
  • Governor’s School and Campus Security Task Force
  • National Council of Alcoholism and Bronze Key Award
  • Community Service Award, RUMI Foundation
  • Leader in Law, Class of 2017, Virginia Lawyers Weekly
  • Virginia Law Foundation Fellow
  • 2018 Board Member of the Year, Henrico PAL (Police Athletic League)
  • Metropolitan Richmond Woman’s Bar Assn. Women of Achievement Award

Shannon has also taught in and has been a speaker to dozens of organizations on numerous topics including those related to criminal justice reform, gun violence, sex trafficking, human trafficking, mental health, child safety, cyber bullying, substance addiction and recovery, and issues concerning people with special needs including those with autism.

Shannon was born and raised in Albemarle County where she attended public schools. She graduated from Albemarle High School and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and law degree from the University of Richmond.