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Shelley Senterfitt has been in private practice since 2001.  Her
practice focuses on family law matters including divorce, child
custody, child support, and modifications.  Shelley has extensive
experience in representing victims of domestic violence and their
children in civil matters.  In addition to serving as a guardian ad
litem in both superior and juvenile courts, Shelley represents children
in delinquency cases and parents in deprivation cases in juvenile court.


In addition to her family law practice, Shelley engages in
legislative advocacy during the Georgia General Assembly.  Current and
past clients include the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence,
Georgia Women for a Change (formerly the Women’s Policy Group), the
Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault, and the Atlanta Women’s Agenda. 
Shelley advocates for substantive legislation as well as budget
appropriations that impact women and children in Georgia.


Prior to establishing Senterfitt & Knight, Shelley practiced as
a solo practitioner, served as a Pro Bono Fellow with Hunton &
Williams, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Orinda D. Evans,
Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of


Shelley is well recognized in the community for her leadership and service.  In 2004, the Fulton County Daily Report singled out Shelley as one of the “21 to Watch” in its article on young
lawyers “On the Rise.”  Shelley has been featured in Georgia Trend’s
Legal Elite listing for pro bono representation and has been selected
as a Super Lawyer Rising Star.  Shelley has received awards from
community organizations including the Women’s Resource Center to End
Domestic Violence, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, the
National Association of Women Lawyers, the Georgia Association of Women
Lawyers, Creative Loafing, and the State Bar of Georgia.


Shelley’s record of community involvement is extensive.  She
currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Carolina Women’s
Center, Intown Collaborative Ministries, and Family Circle and was an
active member of Kasim Reed’s campaign for Mayor.  Shelley volunteers
as an English tutor for an Afghani refugee and serves on the Advocacy
Committee of Morningside Presbyterian Church.  A graduate of Leadership
Atlanta, Class of 2007, Shelley has served as a mentor through Emory
Law School’s Public Interest Committee, a volunteer for domestic
violence crisis lines, a volunteer for numerous political campaigns,
and a Co-Chair of the Community Service Committee of the State Bar of
Georgia, Young Lawyers Division.  Shelley has also served on the
Atlanta Women’s Foundation’s Challenging Violence Against Women
Grantmaking Committee, the Advisory Board for the Internet-Based
Domestic Violence Court Preparation System, the board of directors of
the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, and the Crimes Against
Women Committee of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Transition
Task Force.


Shelley graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia School of
Law in 2000.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with highest distinction in 1994.  A
native of Atlanta, Shelley is also a graduate of the Atlanta Public


Languages spoken: English, French

Practice areas


  1. Government: 20%
    20 years
  2. Child Support: 20%
    14 years
  3. Child Custody: 20%
    14 years
  4. Divorce & Separation: 20%
    14 years
  5. Domestic Violence: 20%
    14 years



Hourly ($300/hour)

Payment types:

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Contact info

127 Peachtree Street, N.E., Suite 1025
Atlanta, GA, 30303-1838


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200111/07/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerGeorgia Super Lawyers2011
Gender Justice AwardGA Commission on Family Violence2011
Georgia Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Georgia Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Legal Elite - Family LawGeorgia Trend magazine2008
Outstanding Advocacy & Community Work in Ending Sexual ViolenceNational Sexual Violence Resource Center2006
On the Rise - one of 21 lawyers under 40 to watchFulton County Daily Report2004
Send Us Your Huddled MassesCreative Loafing2004
Legal Elite - Pro BonoGeorgia Trend magazine2004
Distinguished Service AwardState Bar of Georgia2003
Leadership AwardWomen's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSenterfitt & Knight LLC2005 - Present
OwnerLaw Office of Shelley A. Senterfitt2003 - 2005
Pro Bono FellowHunton & Williams LLP2001 - 2003
Law Clerk to the Honorable Orinda D. EvansU.S. District Court, N.D. Ga.2000 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Stonewall Bar AssociationBoard Member2011 - Present
Intown Collaborative MinistriesBoard Member2009 - Present
Morningside Presbyterian Church - Advocacy CommitteeCo-chair2009 - Present
Lawyers Club of AtlantaMember2008 - Present
Voter ProtectionPoll monitor2008 - Present
Carolina Women's CenterBoard Member2008 - Present
Leadership AtlantaAlumni2007 - Present
American Constitution Society for Law and PolicyMember2007 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember2001 - Present
Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2001 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of GeorgiaLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
What Your Children Need You to Know About the New Child Support GuidelinesChild Support Guidelines2006