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Shelly B. Cooley

Shelly B. Cooley

also known as Shelly Booth Cooley, Shelly Cooley

About me

Shelly Booth Cooley is Certified by the State Bar of Nevada as a Family Law Specialist. Shelly has a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of "AV Preeminent."

Shelly founded The Cooley Law Firm in March, 2009. Prior to establishing The Cooley Law Firm (from 2004, through March, 2009), Shelly worked for a mid-size Nevada law firm where she practiced in the area of civil litigation with an emphasis on Family Law. Since opening her own firm, Shelly practices exclusively in the area of Family Law.

Shelly graduated with high honors from the University of California, Davis in 1995, with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Human Development. She then spent one (1) year working with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade "at-risk" students for the San Joaquin County Probation Department, through AmeriCorps. At the end of the program, Shelly entered the teaching credential program at University of the Pacific, completing their graduate program and obtaining her multiple subject teaching credential in 1997. Shelly spent two (2) years teaching 1st and 2nd grade in California. Shelly moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1998, where she taught 5th grade for the Clark County School District for three (3) years before becoming an attorney.

Shelly attended William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she obtained her Juris Doctorate in 2004. Shelly was awarded the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Lawyering Process II, the Juvenile Justice Clinic, and Criminal Procedure II. During her studies, she also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable David T. Wall, Eighth Judicial District Court, Clark County, Nevada.

Shelly was admitted to practice with the State Bar of Nevada in 2004, and is also admitted to the United States District Court, District of Nevada. Shelly is currently a member of the Nevada Bar Association (Family Law Section Member and LGBT Section Member), State Bar of Nevada, Family Law Section, Executive Council Member, Clark County Bar Association, American Bar Association (Family Law Section Member), Nevada Justice Association, American Fertility Association, Resolve: The National Infertility Association, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and National LGBT Bar Association. Shelly is also the Editor of the Nevada Family Law Report (NFLR) Newsletter.

In her spare time, Shelly enjoys spending time with her husband, her two (2) sons, and the family dog.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 40%
    10 years
  2. Child Custody: 40%
    10 years
  3. Guardianship: 10%
    6 years
  4. Adoption: 10%
    10 years



Hourly ($300/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

10 total 

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  • Kimberly Mae Surratt

    Shelly is a great attorney to work with! She is kind and intelligent. I often recommend her for surrogacy clients!


    Kimberly Surratt Adoption Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • John Thomas Kelleher

    I endorse this lawyer.


    John Kelleher Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

The Cooley Law Firm

10161 Park Run Dr Ste 150
Las Vegas, NV, 89145-8872


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Certified Family Law SpecialistState Bar of Nevada2013
CALI Excellence for the Future AwardWilliam S. Boyd School of Law2004
CALI Excellence for the Future AwardWilliam S. Boyd School of Law2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney and Counselor at LawThe Cooley Law Firm2009 - Present
Attorney and Counselor at LawBlack & LoBello2004 - 2009
Law ClerkCraig P. Kenny & Associates2002 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
National LGBT Bar AssociationMember2015 - Present
National Center for Lesbian Rights, Family Law Advisory CouncilMember2015 - Present
Resolve: The National Infertility AssociationMember2015 - Present
State Bar of Nevada, LGBT SectionMember2015 - Present
American Fertility AssociationMember2015 - Present
Nevada Justice AssociationMember2012 - Present
American Bar AssociationFamily Law Section Member2012 - Present
Nevada Family Law Report NewsletterEditor2010 - Present
State Bar of Nevada, Family Law SectionExecutive Council Member2010 - Present
Clark County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
State Bar of Nevada, Family Law SectionMember2004 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Nevada Family Law Report Newsletter2011 Legislative Update: Family Law2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Nevada Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
University of the PacificEducationMultiple Subject Credential1996
University of California - DavisPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law Conference at ElyTools of the Trade2014
Family Law Conference at ElyCivility ≠ Weakness: Ethics and Civility Review2013
Family Law Conference at ElyCase Law and Legislative Update2012
Family Law Conference at ElyBeyond the Plain Facts: Other Types of Custody Evidence (Identifying and Establishing NRS 124.480(4) Best Interest Factors2012
Family Law Conference at ElyDiscovery: Consultations, Preliminary Disclosures and the Financial Disclosure Form2011
Family Law Conference at Ely2011 Legislative Update: Family Law2011