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Shelley W. Akamatsu

Divorce and separation Attorney at Boise, ID

5.0   88 reviews
Virtual consultation available
Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    Idaho - ID 27 years
    New Mexico - NM 31 years
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State ID
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State NM
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Withdrawn No misconduct found

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

About Shelley

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Awards

Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2024,2023,2022,2021,2020
Client's Choice
2024 2023 2022 + 2 ...

Location

Akamatsu Law PLLC
2404 W. Bank Drive #100
Boise, ID, 83705

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2024
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Shelley was very helpful and informative every step of the way. Always new what to expect and questions were answered promptly.
Posted by Kate | March 21, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredibly efficient!
Shelley was more than helpful during my divorce! I was so clueless and Shelley was incredibly efficient, knowledgeable, communicative, and understanding. Our divorce was quick and painless, and Shelley was so supportive through it all. I highly recommended Shelley to anyone!
Posted by Karlee | March 21, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer I could have asked for!
I spoke to many lawyers, Shelley was the one that made me feel she was going to do her very best to help protect my daughter and get the best possible outcome for her. And we did! She really knows what she is doing. My situation was a bit unique with multiple states involved. I was also trying to recover from some trauma from the other party while going through this custody battle. Shelley cares and was a calming and reasonable voice to me many times throughout my anxiety in this case. She would take unplanned phone calls and stay on the phone with me until I felt better about what was happening in the case through our conversations. I was losing hope for a while and filled with fear but Shelley got us exactly what we were asking for without even having to go to trial. Now me and my family have so much peace in knowing things are okay and it is settled. I will forever be grateful for her!
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Posted by Penny | March 18, 2024
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Top-notch
Shelley took the victimization out of divorce and was real and personable. She was warm, thorough and played as a perfect advocate for me in which I will forever be grateful for. This was my first experience with divorce and I was very apprehensive and uneducated in everything. She set my mind at ease and handled everything to a “T”. It was conceived by her a perfect, customized financial split between myself and my (ex) partner, and I was amazed at the spreadsheet she presented to accommodate the both of us that made perfect sense, and might I say, to the dollar. My husband at the time didn’t seek out an attorney and I feel that she supported his security too. Shelley is so wise, and I feel that the judge who signed the final papers realized that her numbers and reasoning made perfect sense. Please reach out to Shelley Akumatsu if you need the help. You will love and appreciate her. A friend recommended her to me and I am so very thankful, as there are many attorneys out there to try and choose from. She takes the cake, I promise you. She’s a wonderful person in general, and you’d never guess that she deals with the law if you were to meet her on the street. 5 perfect stars is what I rate her.
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Posted by Shannon | March 11, 2024
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She made a difficult situation as easy as possible
Shelley was able to guide me through the divorce process. I appreciated her guidance and wisdom on what was the best course of action for my unique situation.
Posted by Peter | March 11, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Shelley was terrific to work with, she was very responsive to communication, and I appreciated her honesty and overall approach, it was refreshing after my previous experiences with other attorneys.
Posted by Isabella | February 29, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
She’s great!
Shelley has been very caring and helpful with all of our wants and needs for custody.
Posted by Linda | January 19, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Shelley is amazing!
Shelley made me feel so supported during my divorce. She kept me informed through the process. Shelley was quick to reply to questions via email. I was able to schedule meetings with her without much of a wait time. Every time I met with Shelley she quickly calmed my anxiety.
Posted by David | January 17, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Happy X husband
What can I say Miss Akamatsu was always there returned my calls answered any questions and in my opinion went above and beyond any lawyer I’ve had to deal with in the past not only do I can sitter her an outstanding divorce attorney, but someone I’d like to consider a friend even after my case was resolved she keeps in touch with me oh and I would recommend her to anybody going through a divorce especially for guys because in my opinion I feel a woman divorce attorney Will fight for you a little more than a man that’s just my opinion she was able to help me keep my boat keep my trailer and all those credit cards my ex-wife ran up she was responsible for him although we were married and I was a co-whatever outstanding attorney 1 million thumbs up.
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Posted by Josh | January 16, 2024
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The guidance I needed
Shelley was amazing to work with. She is both professional and personable at the same time. I went through a nasty divorce and she helped me navigate the whole process. I was in a position of little recourse. Shelley worked to protect me both financially and emotionally. It was the toughest time of my life, but I came through it with dignity. I can never thank her enough.
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Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2023
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I can't possibly recommend Shelley enough
Shelley is incredible; she has helped me in an extremely high conflict divorce with a very, very difficult ex-spouse. She kept things on track, helped with sound strategy, was active and involved in my case, she remembered small details. She was responsive throughout the process, one time excusing herself from a tennis game to remind me of something after business hours, she responded to emails over the holidays, consistently going above and beyond what I'd expect her to do. I hope I never need another family law attorney, but if I do, I will use Shelley
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Posted by Karin | September 19, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
She goes above and beyond!
Shelly was recommended to me by another attorney. Unfortunately, my husband and I were in the middle of our custody case and a trial date was already set on a day she wasn’t available. However, she spoke with me on the phone for 15 minutes and gave me SO MUCH helpful information. She didn’t have to do that. She gave me the ins and outs of who she would recommended for our specific situation. By the end of our call I felt so confident! I was just disappointed that she couldn’t be our attorney because she was so upbeat and awesome! Thanks to her we found an attorney that has been so incredibly helpful to us and is a night and day difference from our previous law firm. Thank you Shelly!
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Posted by Justin | September 15, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Great divorce lawyer
Shelley was communicative and thorough with her explanation of the entire process. When there was an unexpected delay, she continued to escalate through the system until she got to the bottom of situation. Her pricing is fair and transparent.
Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
My experience with Shelley from the first meeting till the end is exceptional! She is knowledgable, professional, and truly CARES. There were a few very difficult moments dealing with high-conflict situations and she was always right there supporting me and, most of all, she gets to job done very effectively and professionally without wasting any time or money.
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Posted by Erin | July 12, 2023
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Very positive experience.
Shelley made what is usually an unpleasant experience easy! Great communication, very timely, and very professional. I highly recommend her services!
Posted by Jacqueline | May 22, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Custody Case
We hired Shelley for custody case. She was extremely communicative, committed , and more importantly she has integrity that goes beyond what you hope for in a lawyer. We were looking for full custody of my step-daughter and she went above and beyond to make it happen. We are grateful that we had Shelley on our side to protect my step-daughter. We would hire Shelley again in a heartbeat!
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Posted by Niki | May 15, 2023
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Thorough, Kind and Efficient
Shelley was referred to me to assist with a child support modification. She was very thorough and able to direct me through the process in a diplomatic and kind way. She executed in an efficient way and did not waste my time or money. I appreciated her expertise and ability to get the job done without any drama or costing me more money. Thank you!
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Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2023
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All around Wonderful
Shelley is wonderful. From the first phone conversation, to the end of my journey and everything in between. I felt like she truly cared and had my best interests in mind. She is patient, knowledgeable, and more than helpful
Posted by Mary | February 12, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Simple and easy
Shelley from start to finish was prompt, easy to work with, and on top of what I needed. She was able to give me a lot of choices that I wouldn’t have considered otherwise and truly listened to what I needed and wanted. She also allowed me to go about the divorce process on my own time, which allowed me to process things at my own pace. I highly recommend Shelley - I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
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Posted by Julie | February 5, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Shelley came highly recommended by an attorney friend of mine and I was assured she knew the law inside and out! Our divorce was anything but simple and to make matters worse, my husbands attorney we discovered was also his girlfriend. Given the circumstances there were definitely some tough and challenging times. Having Shelley to help me navigate through it all was truly a blessing.She was not only a source of strength when I needed it but was also able to explain things every step of the way. She was extremely thorough and efficient when it came down to my legal rights and advocating for a fare and equitable settlement. Things were always addressed in a professional and timely manner. Aside from the fact that she is 100% on top of her game she is also a wonderful human being. I always felt she had my back and that my fears or concerns along the way were always addressed. My experience with Shelley was fantastic. I'd definitely recommend her to anyone needing an excellent attorney!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Akamatsu Law PLLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Ada County Prosecutors Office
  • 1996 - 2019
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • First Judicial District District Attorney's Office New Mexico
  • 1993 - 1996

Education

  • University of Idaho
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993

Associations

  • Idaho Bar Association Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Idaho Bar Association Taxation, Probate & Trust
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Idaho State Bar, Professional Conduct Board Committee
  • Chairwoman
  • 2018 - Present
  • Idaho Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020

Publications

  • Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association
  • Idaho Search and Seizure Manual Revisions
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome's Sixteenth International Conference on SBS/AHT in Orlando, Florida
  • Post-Conviction
  • 2018
  • Idaho Prosecutor's Summer Conference
  • Pretrial Motion Practice
  • 2017
  • Idaho Highway Traffic Safety Summit
  • Testifying and Surviving Cross Examination
  • 2017
  • Idaho Newly Elected Prosecutor's Course
  • Post-Conviction Relief
  • 2016
  • Idaho Prosecutor's Winter Conference
  • Evidence
  • 2015
  • Idaho Prosecutor's Trial Skills Course
  • Evidence
  • 2015
  • Idaho Prosecutor's Trial Skills Conference
  • Jury Selection
  • 2015
  • CART Certification for FBI Computer Forensic Experts
  • Effective Direct and Cross Examination Testimony of Expert Witness
  • 2010
  • Idaho Prosecutor's Winter Conference
  • Prosecutorial Ethics
  • 2009
  • CART Certification for FBI Computer Forensic Experts
  • Effective Testimony on Direct and Cross Examination
  • 2009
  • Ada County Prosecutor's Advocacy Course
  • Presenting Expert Testimony
  • 2009
  • Idaho Crime Against Children Conference
  • Jury Selection and Presenting Expert Testimony in Online Exploitation of Children
  • 2008
  • New Prosecutor's Course
  • Idaho Sex Offenses
  • 2007
  • Idaho Prosecuting Attorney's Association Winter Conference
  • Prosecution of Child Sexual Abuse in Idaho
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

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Unknown Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shelley is an exceptional trial attorney who is always on top of things."
Family Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've watched Shelley in her practice for 23 years and she constantly shows that her dedication to research and preparation are second to none. Her confidence, experience, and ability to advocate for her clients makes her one of the top attorneys in her field. She knows how to get the job done and works diligently to ensure the best outcomes for her clients."

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Boise Divorce and separation Lawyer Shelley W. Akamatsu
Shelley W. Akamatsu
Divorce and separation Attorney
Boise, ID
Licensed for 31 years
Virtual consultation available