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Shane Michael Oncale

Child custody Attorney at Birmingham, AL

4.8   4 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
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  • State Years
    Alabama - AL 27 years
    Tennessee - TN 30 years
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State AL
    Acquired 1996
    Occupational License - Authorized to Practice No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1994
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Shane

Learn Shane’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Child custody

    28 years, 235 cases

  2. Divorce and separation

    28 years, 412 cases

  3. Family

    28 years, 485 cases


The Oncale Firm is led by Shane M. Oncale. Mr.Oncale is a graduate of Cumberland School of Law and has spent his entire career in the courtroom representing individuals, partnerships and corporations in litigation. While at Cumberland, Mr. Oncale had a distinguished record, graduating near the top of his class and serving as Managing Editor of the American Journal of Trial Advocacy, as a member of the AAJ National Trial Team and as a member of both the Henry Upson Sims Moot Court Board and the Cumberland Trial Board.

After graduation Mr. Oncale practiced with a well known Nashville, Tennessee firm before growing homesick for Alabama and returning to Birmingham to practice and found several well known and respected law firms. Growing tired of big firm life, Mr. Oncale struck out on his own in 2006 and has never looked back. He loves the variety of his practice and the fact that his office environment is more like a gathering spot than a true traditional law office. The books, computers, conference rooms and legal staff are still there, but both the staff and his clients are treated like family and not like employees or merely clients.

Most of the clients that come to us are facing issues they never dreamed they would face and are, truthfully, ill prepared, at virtually every level, financially, emotionally and spiritually to deal with the issues they face. The role of an attorney practicing family law is much more than just a mouthpiece or even an advisor. The role is truly unique and is the most rewarding part of such a practice. While we would never wish the painful issues of a family dispute on anyone, if you find yourself in such a dispute, we welcome the opportunity to represent you and help you through the process with as little disruption and heartache to you and those you care about as possible.


The Oncale Firm


4.8 / 5.0
  4 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
We are thankful for Shane
We are so thankful to have had Shane on our case. He helped us win a near impossible case all while communicating with us from several states away. He showed he cared about the child involved and was realistic with us throughout this process. During the trial he was very familiar with our case and I could tell he had studied any notes or resources I gave him. He was a authoritative in the courtroom and would not take ANY crap from the opposing lawyer or witnesses. His presence in the courtroom was demanding and he had prepared exactly what questions needed to be asked to paint a clear narrative for the judge to make the best decision for the child and bring him home to us. He brought our son home. Thank you, Shane!
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Posted by Fletcher | August 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Shane is an excellent attorney!! He handled my divorce with the utmost professionalism and competency. My case had the potential to turn into a heavyweight bout but his attention to detail and ability to think outside of the box allowed us to make a counteroffer that was, by far, in my favor. It was clear from the start that he has a very good reputation among the legal community. That, along with an easy demeanor and being an excellent strategist, we couldn't help but be successful. He exceeded all of my expectations and I will not hesitate to hire him in the future, no matter what type of legal services I require.
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Posted by Claire | December 9, 2014
Wise, Kind, super-responsive and helpful.
When I used Shane Oncale as my divorce lawyer, he was exactly the opposite of what I had always feared about lawyers. I had heard that they would confuse me, charge me too much, and be almost impossible to talk to. Shane was open, welcoming, made me feel safe, and talked to me by text, email and phone when I needed him. He kept me updated on my case and did an amazing job. He made this horrible time in my life bearable and I tell people about him all the time. I haven't had many dealings with lawyers in my life and I think I got really lucky to find someone so honest and smart.
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Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce Negotiations
Shane was very honest and up front about my situation , and helped guide me through this difficult time. His knowledge is excellent and he gave timely responses to me other than a few technical difficulties. I appreciated the no nonsense, no frills demeanor that helped me make solid decisions . You could spend a lot more and get a lot less. Thanks Shane!!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • CEO and Principal Attorney
  • The Oncale Firm
  • 2007 - Present
  • Founding Partner
  • Clark Dolan Morse Oncale and Hair
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Partner
  • Clark & Scott
  • 1996 - 2003
  • Associate
  • Brewer Krause & Brooks
  • 1994 - 1996
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  • Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A


  • Alabama State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Alabama State Bar, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Henry Woods American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2023
  • Lead Counsel Verified
  • LawInfo
  • 2023
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Rated Attorney
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2016
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyers
  • B-Metro Magazine
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (5)
Endorse Shane
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Shane."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Shane does a great job for his clients and is well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Shane did an incredible job of representing his client in trial. He was a formidable opponent who knows the law and the appropriate trial skills. I highly recommend him in any legal matter one may encounter."
Family Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Shane does right by his clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Shane does an outstanding job for his client. He takes his work to heart and gives his all in representing his client's best interests."
Child custody Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Shane is a dedicated, diligent and professional attorney, bound to solve even the most complex and challenging cases. He is a top notch attorney in his areas of practice and a well respected lawyer in the legal community. I recommend his quality services without hesitation to anyone seeking legal representation."
Family Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Shane for 20+ years and know him to be a fierce advocate for his clients, and a diligent attorney. He is great to work with on a case and gets the job done."
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