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Hello ! I began my professional life as a Certified Public Accountant and worked with national and local CPA firms in Louisville, Kentucky and Atlanta, Georgia. While I was working as a tax specialist, I attended law school at Georgia State University and was admitted to the Georiga Bar in 1987. In 1989 I formed my own firm for the practice of law with special emphasis on privately held businesses, taxation, and estate planning. I consider myself a "personal lawyer", I have clients not cases. I understand that no one calls a lawyer because something good has happened. I encourage my clients to call me.. if I can't find you an answer, I will find someone who can. In addtion to conventional legal and tax issues, I have additional experience in some specialized areas such as Exempt Organizations and Charities (501(c)(3)), and the special legal issues involved when people have families that lack legal recognition (same sex couples).  

In my personal life,  I love reading, history, cooking, the outdoors, Irish and folk music, and am the proud parent of two young men currently serving their country in the U.S. Army.



Practice areas


  1. Tax: 30%
    29 years
  2. Business: 20%
    29 years
  3. Estate Planning: 20%
    29 years
  4. Litigation: 15%
    24 years
  5. Probate: 15%
    24 years



Hourly ($240/hour), contingent (25-45%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Pro bono (10%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

1842 Independence Sq
Atlanta, GA, 30338-5168


GAActive Member in Good Standing 198707/15/2016
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyShaffner Law Office, PC1989 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Health InitiativeBoard of Directors2014 - Present
Lamda LegalVolunteer Attorney2009 - Present
Stonewall Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of CommerceMember/and former Board Member2008 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember1987 - Present
Georgia Society of CPAsMember1981 - Present
AICPAMember1981 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgia State University College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1987
Oglethorpe UniversityAccountingOther - Bachelors1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
3rd Annual Same Sex Legal IssuesTax Issues Affecting Same Sex Couples Including the Post-Windsor Lanscape2014