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Prior to her legal career, Shelly worked as a consultant for Deloitte & Touche LLP in the area of enterprise systems, business process redesign, and project management. She now uses these skill sets to help clients manage and implement large legal projects.

Shelly is happily married to her wonderful husband, Sam. Sam and Shelly have two beautiful children, DJ and Jason. Together they enjoy playing with their dog, Lacey, gardening, and cooking delicious meals.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 50%
    11 years, 600 cases
  2. Tax: 40%
    11 years
  3. Corporate: 10%
    11 years



Hourly ($330/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

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Contact info

The Donaldson Law Firm, PC

3235 Roswell Rd NE Unit 400
Atlanta, GA, 30305-1887


FLMember in Good Standing200406/19/2016
GAActive Member in Good Standing 200407/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Estate Planning Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Estate Planning Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Estate Planning Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Tax Rising StarSuperLawyers2009
Tax Rising StarSuper Lawyers2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderThe Donaldson Law Firm, PC2014 - Present
AttorneyLefkoff, Duncan, Grimes, McSwain and Hass, PC2008 - 2014
AssociateMorris, Manning & Martin, LLP2004 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Atlanta Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate SectionChair2015 - Present
Georgia Bar Association, Fiduciary Law SectionExecutive Committee Member2015 - Present
All About Developmental DisabilitiesBoard Member2010 - Present
Atlanta Estate Planning CouncilMember2009 - Present
Atlanta Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate SectionVice Chair2015 - 2016
Atlanta Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate SectionTreasurer2014 - 2015
Atlanta Estate Planning CouncilBoard Member2013 - 2015
Atlanta Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate SectionSecretary2013 - 2014
Children’s Healthcare Legacy Advisor’s CouncilMember2012 - 2014
Atlanta Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate SectionBoard Member2011 - 2013
Philanthropic Advisors Leadership InstituteParticipant2010 - 2011
Buckhead Club’s Young Executive CommitteeBoard Member2009 - 2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Auburn UniversityN/AN/A1997