Shannon L. Crew

Shannon L. Crew

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
An attorney in the Estates and Trusts Group, Shannon counsels and assists individuals in estate planning and estate administration. Her experience includes drafting fundamental and advanced estate planning documents, including:
  • Wills
  • Financial Powers of Attorney
  • Health Care Powers of Attorney
  • Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts
  • Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts (ILITs) and associated Crummey withdrawal notices
  • Qualified Personal Residence Trusts (QPRTs)
  • Charitable Remainder Unitrusts (CRUTs)
  • Intentionally Defective Grantor Trusts (IDGTs)
  • Supplemental Needs Trusts
She collaborates with clients to devise estate plans that incorporate tax planning and customized disposition of property provisions, and coordinates beneficiary designations for life insurance and retirement accounts. Her practice also involves the administration of decedents’ estates and the filing of related tax returns.
In addition to estate planning, Shannon works with family business owners to develop and implement business succession plans.

Areas of Practice

  • Estates and Trusts
  • Will and Trust Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • J.D.
    • Honors: With Honors, Member of the Order of the Coif
    • Law Review: University of Pittsburgh Law Review, Member
  • Washington and Jefferson College
    • B.A.
    • Honors: With High Honors

Published Works

  • Don’t Underestimate the Risk of Needing Long-Term Care, May, 2017
  • Should I Add My Child as a Joint Owner of Assets?, May, 2017
  • What is the Gift Tax Annual Exclusion?, February, 2017
  • Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax Law Has New Exemption For Small Family Businesses, July, 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Member
  • Estate Planning Council of Pittsburgh, Member
  • Probate and Trust Law Section Council, Allegheny County Bar Association, Elected Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Executive Committee Member, Secretary, Mt. Lebanon Community Foundation
  • Member, Pittsburgh Symphony Association


  • Phi Beta Kappa