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Shelley A Goff

Family Attorney at Ruston, LA

5.0   10 reviews
  • State Years
    Louisiana - LA 12 years
    Nebraska - NE 33 years
    Iowa - IA 33 years
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State LA
    Acquired 2011
    Eligible to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State NE
    Acquired 1991
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State IA
    Acquired 1990
    Exempt No misconduct found

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

About Shelley

Learn Shelley’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Divorce, Separation, Custody, Child Support, Property Partition, small/family business divorce, divorce and professional practices.

    34 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Child custody

    34 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Divorce and separation

    34 years, 1,000 cases

Board Certified Family Law Specialist, Certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization

For 31 years Shelley has helped people who find themselves transitioning from being married to being unmarried. Having walked that path herself, she found herself called to help guide people through the nerve-racking, daunting and emotionally charged process of divorce. Her mission is to help people who feel overwhelmed, confused and feeling out of control find their way to confidence with a plan and feeling back in control of their life so they can move forward.

Getting an amicable resolution is generally financially and emotionally better for the parties. Unfortunately, there are times when only the courtroom can end the matter when the other party is acting unreasonably. That’s why she has spent her career in the courtroom, standing alongside those are forced to go to trial because the other party has unreasonable or unfair demands that are not favorable to Shelley’s clients.  

Shelley is a divorce and custody trial attorney, with hundreds of contested trials under her belt. She has won custody rights for dads, fought untrue claims of abuse- including unfounded accusations of sexual abuse of children, litigated valuation of businesses, settled and litigated complex property divisions including cases involved aircraft, boats, large collections, antiques, farms and closely held family businesses. She has dealt with alimony concerning elderly or disabled spouses, and division of large retirement accounts. As a business owner herself for the last 25 years who fought to preserve that business during a divorce, Shelley is equipped to handle divorce and property divisions that include family businesses and complex financial assets.

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Goff and Goff Attorneys:  Helping People - A Family Tradition Since 1931

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Goff and Goff Attorneys
612 N Vienna Street
PO Box 2050
Ruston, LA, 71273


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Gayla | August 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mrs Shelly Goff exceeded every expectation. I went in for a consultation on a Thursday morning, my court date was the next Tuesday. She told me what needed to be done and did exactly that. I will always be grateful to her for taking care of me. Fair doesn’t even begin to describe Goff and Goff. My rating would be a 10 plus. She will do exactly what she tells you. Blessings to Goff and Goff!!!
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Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and Personable
We hired Mrs. Goff to get custody of our grandson. He needed protection and she was clear on her approach to help us. She is highly recommended!
Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
You want her on your side
Shelly and her team are diligent and systematic. As her client I found Shelly to be a great listener. She always took the extra mile to make me feel that I have a fighting chance in my divorce and lenghty custody battle.
Posted by James | October 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Professional - Great Experience
I engaged Shelley in a rather complex divorce and property settlement matter. I could not have been more pleased with the outcome. Shelley is very professional, highly effective and very much focused on what, when and how legal processes should be addressed. She listened, she understood and she offered very sound legal advice which led to a positive outcome given the circumstances. I highly recommend.
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Posted by Gary Williams | October 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Angel from God
Shelley is an Angel sent from God! We needed guidance on several church related issues, and she simply told us not to worry that everything would be ok. We went to court and her present in the court room was like nothing you have ever seen. I have never seen a more knowledgeable person than Shelley Goff. She makes you feel like family. I cannot tell you how special of a lawyer she is. Her confidence and professionalism sets her above the rest. Thank you Shelley and God Continued Blessing
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Posted by Ab | October 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
I hired Ms. Goff for a name change there was some complications on my end but Ms Goff was professional, responsive and did everything I could ask for from a lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I started talking to Mrs. Goff in April 2016 for custory of my child. She was very professional and thorough. The situation had the potential to be ugly but Mrs. Goff was able to help me get custody of my child in the most civil way in August 2016. I am so greatful and would highly recommend Mrs. Goff and her staff to anyone looking for a great lawyer.
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Posted by Timothy | June 28, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Child Custody
Ms Shelley was outstanding!!! I highly recommend her. I was seeking help with visitation and ended up getting my son completely. My life has changed completely because of Ms Shelley. She has shown me that fathers have just as much rights to their child as mothers do. This was a learning and life changing experience. Thank you Ms Shelley A. Goff.
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Posted by Dewanda Mccarthy | January 9, 2013
A Great Lawyer
I really don't know where to start,doing the time we hired Shelley as our laywer she has always been there,I never knew a lawyer that was always available when you called,most lawyers you have to make a appointment or wait 2 or 3 days for a call back but not Shelley,I would highly recommend her to anyone.We felt really good having her as our lawyer and also had so much trust in her,when she tell you she is going to do something she does and she was always straight forward she believe in telling you how it is and that's what I really appreciated her for that,she never had us thinking one way,she always lead us right.If we every needed a lawyer again it would definitely be her. I can't thank her enough for what she has done for my fiancé,he started out with getting sentence to 10 years and with the help and fight in Shelley he now has got 5 years,only because she told us she would appeal it and keep appealing until she has done her job and that she has done very well.If anyone is out looking for a good responsible,intelligent,trustworthy lawyer please choose Shelley Goff and you will then understand what I am talking about. Also Shelley does what you want her to do not what she want to do and she will let you know if you are making the right decision in doing so..and I most say words can't express how great of a lawyer Shelley is,we really was satisfied with her and we Thank You,Thank You,Thank You for being there every time we needed you or had any questions you always was there to answer them.
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Posted by Jeremy | January 8, 2013
A great experience
Shelley was amazing she helped keep me calm. The best thing about her was she took the time to get to know me and she was very honest with me and gave me great advice that money can not pay for! I would recomment her to anyone! She was a blessing to me and will surely be to many others!!
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Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Goff and Goff Attorneys
  • 2008 - Present
  • Owner
  • Horak Law Office
  • 1996 - 2007
  • Partner
  • Baron Sar Goodwin Gill Lohr and Horak
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Associate
  • Baron Sar Goodwin Gill and Lohr
  • 1990 - 1993
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  • Mediation Traiining Co
  • Certificate
  • 2015
  • Mediation Institute
  • Family Law Mediation Certification
  • 2013
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College Graduate Program
  • College Graduate Program
  • 2005
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • College
  • 2004
  • University of South Dakota School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • United States v Young
  • sentence reduced
  • Young vs. United States
  • Relief Granted and new sentencing set
  • Rials v. Mincey
  • Father awarded custody
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  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2012 - Present
  • Louisiana Association for Justice
  • 2012 - Present
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • 2011 - Present
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • 1991 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • 1990 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • N/A
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
  • Federal Practice Committee Member
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Federal District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
  • Blue Ribbon Committe on Criminal Practice Member
  • 2007 - 2007
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
  • Magistrate Selection Committee
  • 2006 - 2006
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • Committee for Reappointment of Iowa District Public Defender
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Woodbury County Bar Association
  • Fee Arbitration Committee Member
  • 2005 - 2007
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
  • Magistrate Reappointment Committee
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Dakota County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Iowa Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Governors Member
  • 2000 - 2002
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Inclusion in list of Qualified Child Custody Mediators
  • LSBA-ADR Section
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Blackstone's Order 10:1
  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Award for CJA 6th Amendment Service
  • US District Court Northern District of Iowa
  • 2010
  • Selected for Staff Training
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • 2006
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  • Warrior Magazine
  • Irreconcilable Differences, The Use of TLC Methods in Divorce Cases
  • 2013
  • Warrior Magazine
  • Trial Techniques featured in "Methods in Practice"
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • CJA Training Seminar
  • Professionalism for the Criminal Defense Attorney
  • 2016
  • CJA Panel Training
  • §2255 cases
  • 2014
  • Seize Success- Trials That Work
  • Discovering the Story of Your Trial
  • 2011
  • Employment Law
  • The Equal Pay Doctrine
  • 1997
  • General Practice Update
  • Environmental Law Update
  • 1994
  • Enviornmental/Natural Resources Litigation Roundtable
  • Environmental and Natural Resources/Litigation Roundtable
  • 1994
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
Endorse Shelley
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Shelley cares deeply for her clients and strives to do her very best for them. She recently became board certified in Louisiana, which is a very high achievement. I heartily recommend her for family law matters."
Family Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attoreny Goff is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. She is a strong and zealous advocate for her clients and a credit tot he legal profession. I highly recommend her legal services and her law firm."
Workers compensation
Divorce and separation