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Tamera C. Shanker

Adoption Attorney at Tempe, AZ

5.0   24 reviews

also known as The Shanker Law Firm, PLC


Licensed for 27 years

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Learn Tamera’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Adoption
    70%
    Foster Parent (DCS); Private; Extended-Family; Step-Parent; Birth Parent Representation; Children's Advocacy

    28 years

  2. Native peoples law
    20%
    Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)

    28 years

  3. Guardianship
    5%

    28 years

  4. Power of attorney
    5%

    28 years

"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children." …Nelson Mandela

Tamera focuses on Adoption Law, Juvenile Law, Child Advocacy and Indian Child Welfare Act (“ICWA”) matters. She has dedicated her entire legal career to championing children’s interests in the foster care system, having been the “voice” for thousands of abused and neglected children. Tamera has legally assisted in creating thousands of “forever families” through representation of Foster Families, Blended Families, Relatives, Private Couples, Same-Sex Couples, LGBTQ families and Birth Mothers.

Tamera has served as an Associate Justice for the White Mountain Apache Tribe Court of Appeals (three-year term); served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Maricopa County Superior Court (three years); is a member of the Arizona State Bar, Juvenile Law and Indian Law Sections; the National Native American Bar Association (NNABA); the Native American Bar Association of Arizona (NABA-AZ); National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA); and National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC). Tamera serves as a founding member on the National Adoption Day Planning Committee for Pinal County. Tamera is on the Advisory Council and is Chair-Emeritus for the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation (AFFCF) after serving as a Director for 20 years, Board Chair for three years, and 18 years as the Scholarship Program Chair for AFFCF. Since its inception in 2012, Tamera has served as a Community Advisor on the Fostering Advocates Arizona (formerly Arizona Youth Opportunities Initiative). She served on the State of Arizona’s Foster Care Review Board from 1993-1996. Publications include: A Citizen’s Guide to Fact Finding and Action in the Juvenile Justice System, Children’s Action Alliance/Juvenile Justice Project, Arizona, contributor, 1995; Financial Services in the European Market of 1992, American Bar Association, Section of International Law and Practice, 1989 Spring Meeting, Washington, D.C.; Europe 1992: Obstacles & Opportunities for United States Business, Utah Business Magazine, August 1989. Tamera (Arapaho) was one of the founding directors of the Inter-Tribal, Native American Communications Council, established in 1993. Tamera worked directly with Senator Ted Kennedy on the drafting of the “Torture Victims Protection Act.”

Tamera is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (1994) in Washington D.C., where she served as the Senior Editor on the Law Center’s Legal Journal: Law & Policy in International Business. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California (1984) where she majored in International Relations. Tamera is admitted to practice in state, federal and Tribal courts in Arizona: Hopi, Pascua Yaqui, Gila River Indian Community, and Tohono O’odham Tribal Courts; and admitted before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

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Licensed for 27 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 1994
Updated 09/18/2022

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The Shanker Law Firm, PLC
700 East Baseline Road, Building B
Tempe, AZ, 85283

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2022
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Tamera received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
Posted by Sonya | November 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Adoption
Awesome team, they worked alon my case so fast, I was pleased. Every little paperwork that was needed from them was so fast and quick.
Posted by Hope | November 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Grandma
Tamera C Shanker law firm are the best! They helped us complete our adoption process, it went so well. My husband and I are very grateful to this firm!!
Posted by Linda & Ed | October 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Adoption
Shanker law team did a wonderful job of handling the adoption of my grandchild, Was quick and thorough with the paperwork and was always willing to answer any questions we had. I would refer this awesome team to anyone who would like to adopt a child
Posted by Tara | September 28, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful advice
Tamera did a very informative consultation with us regarding adoption through foster care. She was always quick to call or email us back and followed up by email with a plan to move forward. She is the one you want representing your side.
Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you.
Tamera Shanker hands down thee best lawyer. I’m thankful she helped me move forward with adopting my nieces and nephew. And life just feels good. Thank You!
Posted by Karen | June 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Family Adoption Experience!
We've trusted The Shanker Law Firm with all 3 of our adoptions. They make it so easy! The office staff is super quick on communication and walked us through the process seamlessly. The best part is Tamara got in our Unicorn adoption theme, and even got the judge a shirt, which he even wore!! It was awesome!!
Posted by Linda | May 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Adoption
Tamera Shanker and her entire staff work as an amazing team. They are all extremely knowledgeable, competent, professional and caring. The entire operation is totally transparent and the lines of communication are wide open. Her knowledge of the legal requirements made the entire process worry free. In addition, her rates are very reasonable. In summary, The Shanker Law Firm is all about the kids: uniting families with the children they love.
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Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Adoption
We hired Shanker Law Firm to handle our adoption. Tamera and her team are some of the best out there. They kept us informed and up to date on everything. They kept us calm and were very reassuring when we had a wrench thrown at us. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Posted by Jeffrey | March 4, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer and company!
At first contact with the Shanker firm was great. They have of the best service by far and know exactly what they are doing. If it wasn’t for Tamera and her team. I wouldn’t of known what to do. Abs they guide you correctly through all the steps.
Posted by Annie | August 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My three Adoptions and more Over and Beyond
Mrs Tamera and her team went above and beyond what I paid them for .they were always there for me every time I needed them .If you want someone who is honest and an get the job done ask for this attorney She is the Best.
Response from Tamera Shanker August 27, 2021
Hi Annie - YOU are the best! All of us at The Shanker Law Firm are beyond thrilled that we were able to keep your family together and reach the outcome you wanted so badly. Looking forward to finalizing the next one soon!
Posted by Geremy | July 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing service, attention to detail, and care for the client
The Shanker Law Firm helped finalize the adoption for our two beautiful daughters. They were extremely fast and courteous to deal with. I would highly recommend them for any legal matters and will be my first call for any such matters if needed in the future.
Response from Tamera Shanker July 14, 2021
Hi Geremy - it was our distinct pleasure to work with you in growing your family through adoption. Seeing the love and joy within your family - and playing a small role in bringing about that joy, makes everything we do here at The Shanker Law Firm worthwhile!
Posted by Carissa K. | June 30, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The absolute best attorney!!
The Shanker Law Firm has assisted us in two adoptions. The entire office staff is courteous, professional and highly responsive. They are kind and helpful. I was shocked when I received afterhours answers to questions I wasn't expecting til the next day. I would refer them over and over again. They made the process easy! Not only the staff was amazing, but Tamera was incredibly helpful as well always responsive in record time.
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Response from Tamera Shanker July 14, 2021
Hi Carissa - thank you SO much for the kind words. It is our hope to always exceed expectations! I am so proud of my staff, and the work we do together in "making" families. It is always appreciated to hear that we do as a team here at The Shanker Law Firm has a positive impact on the families we serve.
Posted by Marissa | June 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family
I am not good at writing reviews, but I will say this Tamera C. Shanker is the best and I am thankful for her. Best law firm.
Response from Tamera Shanker June 22, 2021
Hello Marissa - your kind words speak volumes! It was privilege to assist you with obtaining permanency for your family.
Posted by Gina | April 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Adoptions
We love this law firm! We have used them for 4 adoptions. Quick responses to any questions or concerns. Always professional and very pleasant. We highly recommend them!
Response from Tamera Shanker April 6, 2021
Hi Gina - Thank you very much for the kind words. It has been a distinct pleasure helping you and Cliff grow your family over the years! Families like yours are the heart of our practice!
Posted by Travis | March 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
So great to work with and take care of all of the details
Tamera was our attorney for the adoption of four of our children. Her and her office did such an amazing job of making sure that we didn’t miss any of the details in that it all went as smooth as possible. They did an excellent job of knowing what came next and helping us be aware of what we need to do along the process. I would highly recommend Tamera for her expertise and attention to detail.
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Response from Tamera Shanker March 22, 2021
Hello Travis, my staff and I sincerely appreciate your kind words. Choosing to adopt is one of the most significant life events that a family shares together. It is our passion and goal to make it as stress-free and joy-filled under any circumstances. I am truly happy to know that we succeeded in giving you and your family a positive adoption experience.
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Posted by Peter | February 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Adoption of my grand daughter Lelani
I want to thank you Shanker law firm and entire staff for outstanding job , the best law firm ever , for adoption of my grand daughter Lelani , very professional , outstanding communication and very helpful, , I highly recommend the law firm , thanks again ❤️
Response from Tamera Shanker February 12, 2021
Peter, thank you for our kindness and expression of gratitude! It was an absolute pleasure assisting you and Erica in securing your granddaughter's forever home with you. She is fortunate to have the two of you; and likewise you are fortunate to have her joyful spirit brightening your life. Please let us know if we can ever be of further assistance.
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Posted by Barbara | October 19, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Shanker Law Firm Rocks
We have used Tamera and The Shanker Law Firm three times now and will use them again in the near future. Tamera and her staff are courteous, professional, efficient and helpful. They were wonderful throughout our first adoption process. Then our guardianship and second adoption. Tamera or her staff was always reachable. Tamera and her staff made the whole process wonderful. We highly recommend Tamera and The Shanker Law
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Response from Tamera Shanker October 20, 2020
Hello Barbara, thank you for your confidence and kind words. You and your family are so appreciated. The choice to build a family through adoption should be as stress-free and joyful as possible. That is our goal at The Shanker Law Firm!
Posted by Barbara | September 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Adoption
Tamara is an excellent attorney. She always answered phone calls and emails right away and always answered any questions we had. She is exceptional.
Response from Tamera Shanker October 12, 2020
Hello Barbara - your confidence and trust in me and my staff is appreciated!
Posted by Tiffany | September 25, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Absolutely the Best
I can’t say enough wonderful things about Tamera and her team. Tamera has assisted us with 3 adoptions over the past 13 years. Tamera is Knowledgeable, organized, professional, punctual, and extremely caring. I would definitely recommend her! My family would not be what it is today without Tamera Shanker Thank you!
Response from Tamera Shanker October 12, 2020
Tiffany, it has been an absolute pleasure and privilege in growing your wonderful family through adoption!
Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2008
Tamera Shanker
We've used the services of Tamera Shanker in a previous adoption. She was on top of all the paperwork and requirements, never missing a beat. Tamera was instrumental in getting are adoption finalized, making it a pleasant (!!!!) experience. She's tops! And I don't often speak highly of lawyers! :-)
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
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Resume

AVVO RATING 7.6 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • The Shanker Law Firm, PLC
  • 2003 - Present
  • Sole Practitioner
  • Law Offices of Tamera Crites Shanker
  • 1994 - 2003
  • Chair
  • Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation
  • 1994 - 2015
  • Founding Board Member
  • Native American Communications Council
  • 1993 - 1996
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Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • 1994
  • University of Southern California
  • 1984

Associations

  • National Native American Bar Association (NNABA)
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Native American Bar Association of Arizona (NABA-AZ)
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • National Indian Child Welfare Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • National Association of Counsel for Children
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation
  • Executive Board Member
  • 1994 - 2015
  • State of Arizona’s Foster Care Review Board
  • Board Member
  • 1993 - 1996
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Awards

  • Senior Editor
  • Georgetown University Law Center’s Legal Journal: Law & Policy in International Business
  • 1992

Publications

  • Children’s Action Alliance/Juvenile Justice Project/Arizona
  • A Citizen’s Guide to Fact Finding and Action in the Juvenile Justice System
  • 1995
  • American Bar Association-Section of International Law and Practice
  • Financial Services in the European Market of 1992
  • 1989
  • Utah Business Magazine
  • Europe 1992: Obstacles & Opportunities for United States Business
  • 1989

Speaking Engagements

  • Navajo Nation ICWA Conference Dízdiin Nááhai Ni ha’ áłchíní Baa hą́ą́h hasin
  • Indian Child Welfare Act “40 Years Our Children are Sacred and Protected”
  • 2018
  • Developing Arizona's Human Capital
  • Post-Secondary Needs & Challenges of Former Foster Youth
  • 2007
  • 47th Legislature 3d Regular Session
  • Educational Vouchers - Core Support
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

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Adoption Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Tamera for close to 30 years, both personally and professionally. I do not know a more impassioned advocate for the welfare of children and families in the State of Arizona. Her knowledge, experience, and commitment to her clients is unrivaled. I wholeheartedly endorse Tamera."
Adoption Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tamera is the best adoption lawyer in town. It isn't even close. She handled my personal adoption and works efficiently and effectively to great results."
Adoption Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred all adoption work to Tamera and have been extremely satisfied. She is communicative, efficient and well respected within her practice group. I endorse Tamera without reservation."
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