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Shawna M. Woods

Divorce and separation Attorney at Alpharetta, GA

3.9   20 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2003
    Status
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Shawna M. Woods recently joined Atlanta Divorce Law Group as a family lawyer. Prior to Atlanta Divorce Law Group, Shawna was a partner in a successful Family Law Firm in Forsyth County and previously had a successful solo Family Law practice in Fulton County. She also worked for several years under the Special Assistant to the Attorney General for Child Support Enforcement. Shawna received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of New Mexico, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico, School of Law. While at UNM, Shawna was a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorney Moot Court Team and interned for the United States Attorneys' Office. Shawna is an active member of the Georgia State Bar, the Atlanta Bar Association Family Division, the North Fulton Bar Association; the National Association of Professional Women, and The Forsyth County Bar Association. Shawna is an aggressive advocate for her clients.

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Location

Atlanta Divorce Law Group
3560 Old Milton Pkwy
Alpharetta, GA, 30005

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Reviews

3.9 / 5.0
  20 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Attorney
Shawna Woods was the best hire I could have made. She represented me all the way through trial. Her compassion and understanding made the process much easier. Shawna was also a fierce attorney in court. We were able to get much more than my husband originally offered because of her skill. I highly recommend Ms. Woods
Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2017
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Best referral I've ever received.
Shawna was a Godsend. I was fortunate enough to be referred to her while I was pregnant with my daughter, who's father was less than receptive to her imminent arrival into the world. I had never needed an attorney for anything in my life before and even as a grown adult, established in my career, I felt alone and afraid. Shawna was kind, patient and simultaneously matter of fact and compassionate. She walked me through everything, and answered all of my questions and more. She was always mindful of my tight budget doing her best to stretch my dollar as far as possible. She did not tolerate any paternal attempt to diminish support and made it clear what was and was not acceptable on his part. I could not be happier with the expertise and skill she provided.
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Posted by Mike | August 18, 2017
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She saved my life!
I retained a significant law firm to represent me and they completely blew me off. Ms. Woods was able to turn the case around. I owe her for that.
Posted by Lynn | August 18, 2017
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Divorce and Child Custody
Shawna Woods is incredibly experienced, professional, and compassionate! She helped my loved one gain primary custody of his three year old son when other attorneys told him it was next to impossible. She fought for what was right and through her knowledge, tenacity, and expertise my nephew is in a safe, stable, loving environment where he is thriving. Thank you, Shawna Woods!
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Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2017
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Phenomenal Counsel
Shawna is a phenomenal attorney. From answering my frantic questions and calming me down, to fighting for the rights of my children and myself. I have spoken with many lawyers and she was the only one to make me feel like my case was important and not just another paycheck. Her compassion, strength and knowledge of the law makes her the best of the best. I would recommend her to anyone that is looking for a family law attorney. Thank you Shawna for saving my children and myself from such a horrible situation. You are truly a gem in the legal world.
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Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2015
Reccomendation for Shawna Woods
Shawna handled my ongoing custody battle over my 3 children for over a year, and I have every confidence in recommending her as a superior attorney. She is realistic, acts with integrity, and fights relentlessly with conviction and intelligence. I have worked with several other attorneys operating in her area previously, and Shawna truly stands out, and she has made all the difference in my case where others failed! I received full custody of all my children as a single Father, and with full decision making rights. This would not have been possible without Shawna. Extremely satisfied client - 2014 to 2015.
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Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2013
Shawna is a pitbull who fought and won for me in my divorce and child custody case! Who said that Men can't be the phys Parent!
Shawna was a blessing for me during my divorce and then again when I needed her expertise for my child custody case. Through her knowledge of the law and past experiences, she was able to attain a fair divorce settlement but the child custody case was the most appreciative and impressive. With Shawna's experience, we were able to show the court that the children's living conditions were not in their best interest and I was awarded Physical Custody of my kids in 2012. Shawna kept me informed and was very respectful of my financial situation and insured that our communication was as necessary and not abused in any way. Thanks Shawna!
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Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2012
Fierce & Brilliant Attorney!!
Shawna is a fierce and brilliant attorney! I was a client of Shawna’s 6yrs ago (which I was extremely happy with the outcome) and I am currently one now. She gives her all and she has always looked out for my best interest. Shawna is professional and trustworthy and has always been extremely attentive to all of my concerns. I appreciate that she is understanding and encouraging during tough times. You will never feel like you are “just another client,” while working with Shawna. There are many, many good things I can say about Shawna, but most importantly, I trust her completely!
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Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2010
Got the job done!
Ms. Woods handled my divorce and child custody dispute two years ago. She made sure I understood what was going on and what I could expect from the process. I have a little girl that I need to care for, and Ms. Woods made sure she was given the best future possible as a result of this difficult divorce. I received great service, and I respect all the hard work that Ms. Woods has done for me and my family. I appreciate the hard work and honesty.
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Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2010
Handled my case with care, respect, and immediate attention
I recently went through an extremely complicated divorce which included custody disputes and very complicated property issues. Ms. Woods handled my case with respect, courtesy, and professional knowledge that goes well beyond her years as a practicing attorney. During my case, I noticed the respect she's earned from her colleagues and the court system, and it made me feel more comfortable that my process was being cared for by a knowledgeable and realistic attorney. She never made promises she couldn't keep, and despite my desire to "win" against my spouse, I knew that I was getting above and beyond what was reasonable. In the end, I was left feeling a sense of closure about the process. Anyone who goes through this knows that the emotions linger well beyond the formalities, but Ms. Woods made it possible to heal without having to deal with the legal issues at the same time. I shopped around, and she is probably the best kept secret in Atlanta.
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Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2009
Trustworthy, Smart, and Professional
Ms. Woods handled my divorce. The experience could not have been easier with Shawna guiding me through the process. She was always attentive, returned my calls, and was available during tense moments. She not only navigated the legal aspects, but provided a friendship during a tough time in my life. We stayed a step ahead of my ex, which saved me a lot of money and time. It is without hesitation that I would recommend Ms. Woods to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2009
Highly Recommend
Ms. Woods was an excellent advocate.
Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2009
Client Review
Ms. Woods knowledge of the court was impressive. She guided me through a very difficult divorce.
Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2008
I would recommend Shawna Woods to everyone.
I was going through a change in custody with my ex-wife. Even though it was a very difficult, Ms. Woods guided us and ultimately we won custody of both my 15 yr old son and 9 yr old daughter. Ms. Woods was very impressive in court and showed no lack of experience. She kept my kids best intrests at the forefront. Most lawyers have a bad reputation and they deserve it, however Ms. Woods is the exception to the rule and worth every penny. I have used other lawyers in the past and found that they just wanted my money but Ms. Woods was fair and trustworthy. She was straight to the point and made no promises on outcomes. I don't feel as though she wasted my money but that she looked at me as a client.
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Posted by anonymous | August 3, 2010
Communication is an issue
While knowledeable in overall family law, Ms. Woods was extremely difficult to communicate to and with throughout the entire process. Quite often repeated communication attempts were responded to days and even weeks later resulting in frustration, anger, and a feeling of distrust. Divorce with children is an extremely painful and emotional time for everyone. The attorney can help minimize that in their focused and engaged handling of the case (communication is key in managing the emotions of the case). I was extremely disappointed at the lack of effort to improve the communication after this was brought to her attention; and was even more disappointed when I learned after the divorce was final, the amount of information I never received.
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Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2019
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Communication Huge Issue
Ms. Woods was extremely difficult to communicate to. My case was only initiated after 3 months from hiring her, I actually had to intitate the case myself! She charged me a lot of money for doing nothing except one time she showed up with me in court! My case was easy and no opposition from my ex, she only had to draft an agreement! I would send her an email and get a response days if not weeks resulting in frustration and anger and yet I was charged for the follow emails to get a response; no effective responses or work done! I was extremely disappointed at the lack of effort to my case even after this was bought to her attention! I had to hire another attorney who was amazing and concluded or better saying did everything, since Ms. Woods literally did nothing, in less than 2 months but had the courage to even ask for more $ to transfer my file to the new attorney, even this took forever that my new attorney had to file herself for change of counsel because Ms. Woods wouldn’t do the proper thing. The shock was the lack of work done for the money charged! I was willing to pay anything just to end my contract with her but currently seeking a complain against her and her unreasonable charges to the Bar! Please do not fall in the trap of her pleasant personality at the beginning and then get ignored and frustrated! She is knowledgeable but that is nothing if not applied. This is my first time ever I write a bad review so you can imagine my frustration.
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Response from Shawna Woods September 23, 2020
Thank you for your feedback! I’m so sorry you feel this way and that you weren’t happy with your services. I’m always open for feedback so I can serve my clients better. Unfortunately, we are unable to verify whether we performed legal services for you. If you’d like to reach out to me directly, I’d love to learn more. Thanks again!
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Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2019
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DO NOT HIRE SHAWNA WOODS
Hiring Shawna Woods was WORST mistake I ever made for my divorce proceedings. She recommended I drop my TPO, she went along with the opposing counsel to have my case transferred to Juvenile Court, even though the Superior Court Judge was opposed to the transfer. She went along with the opposing counsel ON EVERYTHING, she DID NOT PROTECT HER CLIENT AT ALL!!. After She agreed to have my case transferred, she filed out because I didn’t pay her more money. We had an emergency hearing, where I was awarded temporary child support/ alimony. However, she never requested a start date for payments!! OMG! After trial, I asked her when will my payments start. Shawna started “I don’t know, when does he get paid, every two weeks?” She then went on to ask me for an additional 1,500 by the end of the week, or she would have to quit my case. Nonetheless, she quit my case by the end of the weekl. She left me in Juvenile Court to defend myself (pro se) for 2 hearings ( during my first hearing is when I had to request Child Support/Alimony payments start dates) , until I was able to secure another attorney by final trial . She made my divorce HELL!! I’m still in a drawn out 2 year litigation (on appeal) , because of her agreeing to transfer my divorce case to Juvenile and advising me to drop my TPO from an abusive husband.
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Response from Shawna Woods September 23, 2020
Thank you for taking the time to explain and share your experiences with us! While we are unable to verify whether I represented you during your case, I would certainly love to hear more and try to learn from this experience. Please feel free to reach out to me directly so we can talk candidly about why you weren’t happy with your services. Thanks again!
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Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2019
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Worst decision ever
Thought I had hired a strong, assertive professional to handle my challenging contested divorce. Instead I got an insufficient settlement, poor to almost incompetent representation and I paid dearly for this all. Huge mistake on my part.
Response from Shawna Woods September 23, 2020
Thanks for leaving feedback! I’m so sorry you weren’t happy with the services I may have provided you. I would love to have the opportunity to respond to you about your experiences. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly so we can discuss what went wrong in your legal services.
Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Most traumatic and worst legal experience bc of Shawna.
Shawna was my attorney for my divorce and TPO hearing. She completely dropped the ball on a clear black and white case. No other attorney understands why she advised and handled my case the way she did. Hiring her totally damaged my divorce case and put me in a worse situation than had I represented myself. She even made some insensitive and unprofessional comments to me. After she landed me in a nightmare of a situation and I questioned her she blatantly accused me of lying by defending my husbands false accusations of me(when she had all the facts that showed he was lying) in order to justify her negligent representation. Now I know it's true that a bad attorney can destroy your case. I hope by sharing my experience someone else doesn't have to experience the traumatic nightmare I went through because of Shawna Woods.
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Posted by Maria | September 30, 2011
Great legal care during divorce, but left me stranded in the end
Shawna has a rare blend of brains, compassion, and cunning negotiation. During the divorce she was completely on top of things. However, now nearly 5 months after the final divorce hearing, I still don't have signed divorce papers and Shawna has not returned my numerous phone calls. I didn't see this coming. Very disappointed...
Response from Shawna Woods September 23, 2020
Thank you for your feedback! I am very surprised by this comment, and I would love the opportunity speak to you about this issue! I can assure you that we would never allow a case to go unresolved, so I’m very sorry to hear about your experience! Unfortunately, it can take judges a long time to finalize orders after a trial, because they are very busy. As for the issue of not being able to communicate with me, my phone number did change as I took on a new role at another firm, but I updated my information with the bar and sent it to all of my clients. You are welcome to contact me directly so we can figure out together where this miscommunication happened.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Director of Operations
  • Atlanta Divorce Law Group
  • 2020 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Kitchens New Cleghorn
  • 2018 - 2020
  • Partner
  • The Siemon Law Firm
  • 2011 - 2018
  • Founder
  • The Woods Law Firm
  • 2005 - 2012
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Education

  • University of New Mexico School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • University of New Mexico
  • BS
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • I'm The Father
  • We were successful and my client still has custody of his son.

Associations

  • Forsyth County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Award
  • AVLF
  • 2005
  • Pro Bono Award
  • AVLF
  • 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • CLE
  • Child Support
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (10)
Endorse Shawna
Unknown Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Shawna is a fighter, and LOVES being in court. That reputation is why and how she is able to successfully handle domestic and family law cases with such skill. A self-starter with good instincts and even better judgment. Hire her with confidence."
Family Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Shawna was opposing counsel in a difficult custody case. Both parents were actively involved in their children's lives, but had very different parenting views. Shawna vigorously advocated for her client while remaining professional and courteous. It was a pleasure working with her and I look forward to our next case."
Family Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Shawna is a true advocate for her clients. She is highly knowledgeable about all facets of family law and is always able to formulate creative solutions to even the most novel legal problem. The combination of her courtroom skills, experience, creativity and caring make her not just a good lawyer but a great one."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Shawna for years as opposing counsel on various cases. In every case, she zealously advocated for her client while maintaining her professionalism. She knows that sometimes 'fighting' for her client means working to resolve a case rather than taking a case to trial. But, if the case can't be settled, she is ready to take it to trial."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Woods and I previously worked at the same firm. She is and always has been a no nonsense attorney who will fully fight for her clients, while being completely aware the current law."
Child custody Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had the opportunity to work with Shawna on a rather hotly contested child custody matter. Situated as opposing counsel I appreciated her professionalism and collegiality. She was certainly dedicated to her client's interests, yet she was also capable of working toward a solution that satisfied both parties."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. Ms. Woods is a zealous advocate for her clients, with a formidable presence in the courtroom and a thorough knowledge of the law."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Shawna many years ago in Atlanta. Shawna has a reputation for being a very tough negotiator and if the negotiations fail, being effective and well prepared at trial. She really fights for the best result. I feel very comfortable referring someone to her should they need a family law attorney in Georgia. She is the best!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As you can see from her many client endorsements, Shawna is a passionate advocate with rare talent. I met Shawna as opposing counsel and although we fervently advocated for our respective clients, I admired her dedication and poise. I recommend and endorse her work."
Family Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I met Shawna years ago when we were adversaries in a domestic matter. She was very impressive and a strong advocate for her client while still remaining professional. Since that time, I had several cases with her firm. A couple of years ago, my husband and I were looking for a managing attorney to supervise the lawyers in our firm. The first person we thought of was Shawna. Although she was running a very successful practice at the time, it turned out to be a great fit for us and for her. She is an outstanding litigator, and person. I am proud to have worked opposite her and now to have the opportunity to work with her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"Shawn is a very impressive litigator and advocate for her clients. She is an absolute expert in family law and truly cares about each of her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
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Alpharetta Divorce and separation Lawyer Shawna M. Woods
Shawna M. Woods
Divorce and separation Attorney
Alpharetta, GA
Licensed for 20 years