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Scott Willis Shaw

Divorce and separation Attorney at Atlanta, GA

4.5   20 reviews
  • State Years
    Georgia - GA 21 years
    Minnesota - MN 28 years
    Utah - UT 29 years
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2002
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State MN
    Acquired 1995
    Resigned No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State UT
    Acquired 1994
    Resigned No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Scott

Learn Scott’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    We are very skilled at recognizing and dealing with the legal complexities on the most complex and contested divorce cases. The cost of getting it wrong is too high. Call us, we do not disappoint our clients.

    23 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Child custody
    We have won so many child custody cases, many unexpected, that we have lost count. It is not just words when we say we are very good at what we do. The cost of getting it wrong is too high. Call us, we do not disappoint our clients.

    23 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Family
    Divorce and child custody are all we do and we are very good at it. We stand by this. The cost of getting it wrong is too high to take a chance. Call us, we do not disappoint our clients.

    23 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Child abuse

    23 years, 1,000 cases

Since 1995 we have helped clients in the Atlanta metro area resolve high conflict divorce and child custody cases. We are known for taking on the difficult and complex cases and getting results.  Call us to find out for yourself why we are the right attorneys.

Mr. Shaw is the founder and principal of Shaw Law Firm, LLC.  He graduated from law school with honors, and has an M.B.A. from Duke University.  Shaw Law Firm, LLC was awarded "Best of Atlanta" for the last three years running, and our practice is exclusively divorce and child custody cases.  Our clients are people with difficult or complex cases throughout all walks of life.  We are often called in as a second attorney on the case because the original attorney was unable to handle the difficulty or complexity or simply the stress of a matter.  Whether it be unable to understand the financial or business issues (such as dealing with complex stock options, or family owned businesses) to addressing child custody matters.  We represent both men and women, which we feel makes us more effective as we know the strategies to use from both sides of the case, and our results show this.  Call us and find out for yourself why we have been the right law firm to call for your needs since 1995.

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Shaw Law Firm, LLC
5 Concourse Parkway
Suite 3000
Atlanta, GA, 30328


4.5 / 5.0
  20 customer reviews
Posted by Kaydell | July 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great trial lawyer and can advise you wisely
I hired Mr. Shaw because my ex was interfering with my visitation. Shaw was able to focus during an emergency hearing on the most important facts that would convey to the judge best what had been going on. He always made it clear to me that we can never predict a judges ruling, but he was able to present crucial evidence in a quick and timely manner, as we were only allowed an hour in front of the judge. He was also able to emphasize the laws that my ex was breaking. He continues to give me great advise in my situation, and he continues to prepare me as we move forward with my case. He has given me a sense of peace, which is priceless. I highly recommend using him in any divorce, separation, child custody, or family law case.
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Posted by Dexter | August 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Got er done.
He got my divorce case done while i was on contract over seas. Took a little longer but that was to be expected. Excellent job my friend. Thank you very much
Posted by Steve | October 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He made it happen!
In March, 2016 I went to two attorneys in the same office near where I lived. I had been served with a restraining order and, as you might expect, wanted it lifted. Each of the two lawyers, both he and she, said twice, that they were “100% sure” that the DeKalb county judge would make the order permanent when we went to court. That’s where Scott Shaw came in. I told my best friend about my situation and he directed me to Scott since my friend had employed Scott a few years prior in his family law matter. My case involved my former wife and my 17-year-old daughter. Scott met me on a chilly Sunday morning, which I appreciated since time was of the essence. He said he couldn’t guarantee anything but that if the judge went by the law, the order would not be made permanent. It would come down to what the law requires and an attorney making clear that those requirements had NOT been met in my case. I liked his hopeful but realistic assessment and signed on with him. Before court, we met and communicated a few times. He “outlined” the case and when court came, he arranged the documents he had assembled neatly before him at our desk. He was fully prepared. But the question in legal matters always comes down to one, which is, “but what was the actual outcome” of the case which two attorneys had arrogantly asserted would not be in my favor? The restraining order, after Scott finished questioning me on the stand and cross-examining my accusers, was immediately and completely dismissed, essentially laughed out of court. Afterwards, other people in the court, having observed Scott’s masterful performance, asked him on the spot for his business card - right there in court! Scott saved the day for me and my relief and gratitude continue to be immense. You may want a “nice” attorney (which Scott is) or an attorney to make you feel good or an attorney to whine to or to sympathize with you. Whatever you are looking for in an attorney, one of that variety can be found. On the other hand, if you are looking for an attorney who can win, contact Scott Shaw since winning is what he is all about.
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Posted by ALISHA | June 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great representation and excellent outcome!
I was an emotional wreck because my ex had threatened to take my son out of the state against my will. I thought because he was my son's father that he could do it too. Scott informed me of my rights that I did not even know that I had. He immediately sprung into action and got an emergency order from the court. He handled everything quickly and attentively while reassuring me through the process. I really am grateful for all that he did for my son and I. The end result was totally in my favor. I highly recommend him and thank him for his representation.
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Posted by Fayha | February 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely Brilliant!!!!
My sister was going through a very difficult divorce with her ex who was extremely conniving and abusive during the marriage. We had changed several attorneys , and the case had still not been finalized in 3 years! I lived in another state, my parents lived over seas, and my poor sister was left all alone to deal with this bad situation. Being a single mom with two little ones, she was thousands of dollars into attorney fees, not to mention the aggravation of dealing with the court system. Overwhelmed and disappointed, she did not know where to turn to. A family friend in Houston recommended Mr. Shaw to me several months ago.I was the one who spoke to Scott on the phone before my sister retained his services. It was the best decision we made!! Let me start by saying , Mr. Scott Shaw is brilliant at what he does!!! I was present inside the court room during our 1.5 day trial and I was very very impressed. He was articulate, to the point, made sure he addressed all the issues important to us, and with minimal words and perfect examples was able to portray my sisters ex as he was. He put up with no bullshit from the opposing attorney, who thought she came prepared with beautifully organized exhibits to present her clients case. But in his "organized" clutter, Scott was thorough, had all the important points, evidence and questions to represent our case, which in the end helped us win! Yes, he may seem rude or short at times. But trust me when I tell you, he is fantastic! I expect for my sisters ex to create problems for her in the future, but I also know who I will be calling up when that time comes. Scott, thank you for all you have done for us! My sister and her family are very grateful to you. Whoever is reading this review, give him a big hug after he wins your case for you. It's lovely to see the warmth and kindness in Scotts eyes when he sees how he's changed the life!! :)
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Posted by Patricia | September 12, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
His Pushing Me Is What Got Me The Win
Mr. Shaw saw me at my worst, going through the worst time in my life, my divorce, yet he kept me focused on the real goals (not my overly emotional, unrealistic expectations) and pushed me to do the work it took to help him win my case. He kept telling me it was my leg work that won, but really, it was his pushing me and keeping me strong even when I wanted to cave, that got the win. In hindsight, it was the more horrible time in my life, and I thank God I had Mr. Shaw there to get me through it. He was blunt, to the point, called me out when I was wimping out, and was my champion. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2015
Great Custody Attorney
Scott represented me in an interstate custody modification and for what was a high conflict issue with many legal maneuverings by the opposing attorney. Scott always kept a cool head, but stood his ground appropriately on issues I felt important to my case. Scott laid the foundation for me to succeed in winning custody of my child despite the insurmountable challenge we faced. I am eternally grateful to Scott for the relationship I can now have with my child we were both denied for a long time.
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Posted by Mark | June 7, 2015
"Trusted Counsel and Great Advocate"
When my marriage entered choppy waters, I interviewed a few attorneys who all gave the same bland answers which left me hopeless about what I wanted and felt deserved to get. Then, based on reviews in this forum, I spoke with attorney Scott Shaw over the phone and then met with him at his office. Scott impressed me immediately by not only grasping the concerns I had, but also by suggesting ideas/strategies that gave me the confidence that I had a good shot at getting the outcomes I was hoping to achieve. That was a big step forward for me. From there on, trust started building and I relied on Scott to help me out with a couple of tricky situations where I found him to be both timely/responsive and creative in coming up with excellent solutions. Throughout the case, Scott provided solid legal counsel and great friendly advice. He was a busy attorney but was generally accessible fairly quickly, even during weekends, which translates to “peace of mind” in difficult times. Another characteristic that stood out was that he made a conscious effort to keep the legal fees low even when he could have taken advantage of my desperation at times. How often can you say that?! All said and done, Scott was a terrific attorney and a consummate professional who genuinely cared about my case and the way he provided his services. He has my heartiest recommendation! Bravo, Scott, keep it up!
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Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2015
"Awesome Lawyer, Won our adoption case"
Thanks to Scott, We were able to win custody and adoption of our child! Scott was very prepared. He was awesome in court. We had the right information and turned our case around in our favor. I thank god that we picked Scott as our lawyer. The lawyer of the other party looked very unprepared. Scott really made the difference here. Now we have finished all adoption matters. No worries in our family!
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Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2015
Dedicated and Knowledgeable Attorney
I relied on Scott to help guide me through a bitter and difficult divorce and custody case. As my mind wandered at all times of the night, Scott was persistently aggressive at providing answers to all my questions no matter the time of day. He would provide legal suggestions based on the evidence at hand, and was able to adapt my case to any new evidence that would arise. Not only did he help me win full legal and physical custody of my son, but he was able to advise me on legal questions several years after the case was closed, remembering the details.
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Posted by David & Maria Espinal | December 4, 2014
Recommend Scott to anyone!
Scott Shaw handled our child custody case along with an adoption case. We are very fortunate that we won the case. Scott guaranteed us since the beginning that he would try his best to get the case done for us. He kept his word, and now we have absolutely no worries! Thanks Scott!!!
Posted by Eric | November 11, 2014
child custody
"The mother of my child took off with my baby, Mr. Shaw took charge of the case, helped us with the use of private investigators to track down the baby, gathered the evidence we needed, and we won on every issue at the emergency hearing. Mr. Shaw knew what he was doing, was in charge of the situation, and was thoroughly prepared and brilliant at the hearing. I can wholeheartedly recommend Mr. Shaw, and because of him my little girl is safe and I have her custody."
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Posted by Brian | June 20, 2014
Trustworthy - with a wonderful team behind him!
Scott was my lawyer through an extremely bitter divorce battle and supported me through the very end with objective, fact based information, and never took the bait on arguments with the attorney on the other side who was just looking to pull punches where ever possible. Scott's office manager, Julie, is also an angel who went above and beyond to be responsive, timely, trustworthy, and is just an all around wonderful person. I appreciated their support and I would recommend them again.
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Posted by Paul | April 24, 2014
Mr. Shaw was fabulous at trial
I hired Mr. Shaw when it became apparent the case was not going to settle and he became my trial lawyers on the case. He was extraordinary at trial, understood detailed financial information, and presented an excellent and concise case that my ex-spouse tried to convolute into millions of dollars and alimony. The judge ruled on my behalf on every issue even though my wife had retained a "Super Lawyer" to represent herself. I would recommend Mr. Shaw to anyone needing a good attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2013
Competent, professional, and knowledgeable... Couldn't have asked for more.
Mr. Shaw was creative without being underhanded and we never felt as though we were being baited into protracted litigation. To his credit, he was effective in steering us away from arguments of lesser merit in favor of those that would have the greatest likelihood of success. That ability in turn led to greater speed and accuracy in fulfilling our wishes and for a speedy outcome. I would, however, give anyone who finds themselves in need of legal representation the following advice: Mind your minutes and learn to be patient. Litigation isn't like the internet, it isn't facebook. Once you've settled on a course of action with your lawyer, let him or her handle the legalities. Constantly requesting a status update is the quickest way to deplete a retainer. Moreover, this can bog down your lawyer, keeping them off point. Limit your exchanges to only when there is a significant discrepancy or change in the circumstances of the case. Courts are slow. Learn to accept that and more of your money will go toward representation instead of responses.
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Posted by Doug | November 23, 2012
Spectacular attorney – cares and works for you
Scott Shaw gives each case personal attention and makes your desires and goals of the divorce/custody/visitation come true. He keeps you straight so you don’t go into the process with unrealistic expectations. Mr. Shaw works hard to get the best possible result. My case has a number of extenuating circumstances, and Mr. Shaw and Julie have smoothed out every bump that has come along. They fought for me without me even having to ask. Mr. Shaw takes a vested interest in his clients and getting the best outcome from the divorce/custody. I couldn’t imagine working with anyone else for my case. It is complex, there are communication difficulties, my ex has tried to limit visitation during the process – at each step Mr. Shaw and Julie worked to make my dreams a reality. When it comes to children – Mr. Shaw and Julie truly shine and come out swinging. There hasn’t been a single moment of question if I made the right choice in attorneys since I started working with Mr. Shaw. Mr. Shaw has the book knowledge and, just as important, the case knowledge to fight for your rights and win!
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Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2009
Scott Shaw is an exceptional lawyer
Mr. Shaw took my case when my life hit bottom when my marriage broke up. He took charge of the case, he did what was necessary to get me the best result possible, and I still have my business, and my children because of his efforts. I can recommend Mr. Shaw without reservation.
Posted by Fridayschild | June 22, 2015
Disappointed divorce client
Scott comes across as ambitious, a "go getter", and knowledgable when you first sit down with him. However, after seeing all these 5 star reviews, I just couldn't keep silent anymore about my own experience. All contentious divorces can get expensive but most lawyers try not to blow through your retainer. I just felt that Scott either didn't seem sure of certain things and it ended up costing more money because he was working- or - well- I won't go there because I don't want to think of anyone as being completely unethical. Like was mentioned in one other review noted- I think if I had been a guy maybe things could have been different. Maybe I just caught him at a bad time in life and had it been maybe a year later things could have been different- don't know. He had little patience with me when I asked questions about his process and it ended up that I now wish I had pushed it further. I really think that the end result could have been different and in my favor had he been a bit more thorough- I just felt like he kind of gave in to the other side. Final paperwork had some issues with it and he just didn't seem to really look it over. It spoke volumes to me when I had another lawyer look at my case after it was all said and done- and they were stunned at the things that could have been different. I think he means well- but maybe does better with male clients? Not sure. If you hire him- just stand your ground and don't allow him to bully you.
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Response from Scott Shaw June 29, 2015
We are sorry you’ve had this experience. I would be more than happy to personally discuss each of your concerns with you. Please contact me directly at 770-594-8309 any time.
Posted by David | October 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Buyer beware
Hired this attorney to handle a case and received nothing but papers being push back and forth with no movement towards going to court! When judge finally set a court date He had the nerve to ask for more money. Look for a better attorney That will actually go to court and fight for your rights! What a joke!
Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2015
Concerned Divorce Client
Nightmare! Misspellings, duplicated billing, addition errors,makes assumptions then proceeds as if there are no options but the one he recommends; settlement agreement missing important information for the case to be in favor of the client, confusing conversation and invoicing. He seemed smart and qualified at first, but as you learn his pattern, he is scattered, unorganized, and tells stories you pay for when you see your bill is greater than the amount of work you think he performed. Posting anonymously for fear of retaliation.
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Shaw Law Firm
  • 1995 - Present


  • Duke University, Fuqua School of Business
  • M.B.A.
  • 2001
  • Southern Illinois University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor Cum Laude w Honors
  • 1994
  • St John's University
  • B.S.
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • Williams vs. Williams
  • Client wins custody of his son
  • Blinco vs. Blinco
  • At 4 hotly contested hearings wife was denied the relief she sought.
  • Wright v. Burch
  • Victory
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  • Cobb County Chamber of Commersse
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Cobb County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Family Law Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Georgia State Bar
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar
  • Member
  • 1995 - 2000
  • Utah State Bar
  • Member
  • 1994 - 1998
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Family Lawyers in Atlanta
  • Expertise
  • 2020
  • Lead Counsel Rated Attorney
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2020
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Atlanta's Finest
  • Creative Loafing Atlanta
  • 2014
  • Atlanta's Finest
  • Creative Loafing
  • 2013
  • Atlanta's Finest
  • Creative Loafing
  • 2012
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  • Shaw Law Firm
  • Placing Your Spouses Name on Property
  • 2014
  • Shaw Law Firm
  • Valuing a Spouses Business in Divorce
  • 2013
  • Shaw Law Firm
  • Handling Vested Stock Options in Divorce
  • 2012
  • Shaw Law Firm
  • Child Custody and Moving Out of State
  • 2011
  • Shaw Law Firm
  • Parental Alienation and Divorce
  • 2010
  • Shaw Law Firm
  • International and Intersate Family Law Issues
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Child Custody And Visitation In Georgia
  • 2005
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Complex Issues In Divorce For The Georgia Practitioner
  • 2003

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (8)
Endorse Scott
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott Shaw is one of the best family law attorneys in Atlanta. I highly endorse him."
Family Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Scott for over a decade. He is highly intelligent, a tenacious advocate, and cares about his clients and their families. That combination makes him a top notch family law attorney."
Child custody Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Shaw is a highly skilled advocate with unsurpassed tenacity and expertise. He is committed to personal and professional excellence which is evidenced by his meticulous case prepation and in depth knowlege of complex issues. I would recommend him to anyone facing a child custody battle."
Child custody Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Scott on a pretty complex custody case. I have always found him to be prepared and very knowledgeable on the applicable law. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is one of the few attorneys who understands and appreciates the complexity of retirement plans as they are impacted in divorces. He is on top of his game and is highly recommended for any business entrepreneur facing a divorce."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I first worked with Mr. Shaw when one of my International Business clients needed a divorce involving delicate international aspects. Mr. Shaw was the ONLY attorney in the entire Atlanta area who knew how to handle such cases and I've referred him business for years and will keep doing so."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Scott and I worked on a very difficult case in tandem last year. He and his support staff were competent advocates and he was very sincere in his effort to ensure the case was handled diligently and effectively. He is a solid legal professional."
Family Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Scott. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Scott is very thorough in his preparation and presentation of legal issues. He is a formidable opponent in court."
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