R. Shawn Majette, ThompsonMcMullan / Richmond
Mr. Majette directs the firm’s Elder Law Section. The Section focuses on the legal aspects of mental and physical disability. Mr. Majette is especially active in the voluntary and involuntary management of legal, medical and financial affairs of incapacitated adults. Mr. Majette and the Section lawyers and staff employ trusts, powers of attorney, advance medical directives and, when necessary, guardianship proceedings to protect and preserve assets. Hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other corporate clients often consult Mr. Majette for innovative, efficient solutions to discharge and Medicaid problems.
Mr. Majette was the founding chairperson of the Virginia Bar Association Elder Law Section, serving in that position from 1993 to 1996. For many years Mr. Majette has served as chair of that Section’s legislative affairs subcommittee, and a member the Section Council. Mr. Majette also served as the chair of the Third District Disciplinary Committee of the Virginia State Bar.
Mr. Majette has held numerous appointments to advisory commissions and task forces for the Virginia General Assembly and the Virginia Supreme Court. He assisted in drafting several current Virginia statutes relating to guardianship, conservatorship, and behavioral health, including revisions to the law of civil commitment, emergency medical consent, guardianship, and the prevention of financial abuse of incapacitated adults under durable powers of attorney.
Since 1989, he has spoken frequently for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Virginia Bar Association, the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Special Needs Alliance (of which he is a long term member), the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia (of which he is adjunct faculty, in the College of Legal Medicine), the University of Virginia School of Law, the National Geriatric Care Managers Association, the Virginia State Bar, local chapters of the Virginia Society of Public Accountants, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and many national legal, accounting and medical continuing education programs, including the National Academy, the Virginia and National Geriatric Care Managers Associations, the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Bar Association, the Virginia Society of Public Accountant. Since 1991, Mr. Majette has been an annual speaker for the Annual Elder Law Seminars sponsored by the Virginia Law Foundation, a leading purveyor of mandatory legal education for Virginia lawyers. He has written several articles for legal publications, including, commencing in 1998 and maintained since that date chapters addressing Virginia powers of attorney, long term care insurance and Medicaid for the standard Virginia treatises on wills and trust practice, Estate Planning in Virginia and Elder Law in Virginia.