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Shelly B. Cooley

Child custody Attorney at Las Vegas, NV

4.6   11 reviews

About Shelly

Learn Shelly’s areas of practice.

Shelly Booth Cooley is Certified by the State Bar of Nevada as a Family Law Specialist. Shelly has a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of "AV Preeminent."

Shelly founded The Cooley Law Firm in March, 2009. Prior to establishing The Cooley Law Firm (from 2004, through March, 2009), Shelly worked for a mid-size Nevada law firm where she practiced in the area of civil litigation with an emphasis on Family Law. Since opening her own firm, Shelly practices exclusively in the area of Family Law.

Shelly graduated with high honors from the University of California, Davis in 1995, with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Human Development. She then spent one (1) year working with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade "at-risk" students for the San Joaquin County Probation Department, through AmeriCorps. At the end of the program, Shelly entered the teaching credential program at University of the Pacific, completing their graduate program and obtaining her multiple subject teaching credential in 1997. Shelly spent two (2) years teaching 1st and 2nd grade in California. Shelly moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1998, where she taught 5th grade for the Clark County School District for three (3) years before becoming an attorney.

Shelly attended William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she obtained her Juris Doctorate in 2004. Shelly was awarded the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Lawyering Process II, the Juvenile Justice Clinic, and Criminal Procedure II. During her studies, she also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable David T. Wall, Eighth Judicial District Court, Clark County, Nevada.

Shelly was admitted to practice with the State Bar of Nevada in 2004, and is also admitted to the United States District Court, District of Nevada. Shelly is currently a member of the Nevada Bar Association (Family Law Section Member and LGBT Section Member), State Bar of Nevada, Family Law Section, Executive Council Member, Clark County Bar Association, American Bar Association (Family Law Section Member), Nevada Justice Association, American Fertility Association, Resolve: The National Infertility Association, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and National LGBT Bar Association. Shelly is also the Editor of the Nevada Family Law Report (NFLR) Newsletter.

In her spare time, Shelly enjoys spending time with her husband, her two (2) sons, and the family dog.

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Licensed for 18 years
State NV
Status Active
Acquired 2004
Updated 09/10/2022

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

Contact Shelly

The Cooley Law Firm
10161 Park Run Dr Ste 150
Las Vegas, NV, 89145-8872

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by Melissa | June 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caring and Competent!!
My custody situation was a difficult one, including and out of state parent who refused to comply with returning my child after an arranged visit. After researching MANY lawyers it was clear Shelly was the right choice! She personally answers all her calls and without me even having hired her yet she was already giving me helpful information and was very sympathetic to my situation. I could not be any happier with Shelly's professionalism and kind demeanor. Hopefully I won't need a lawyer again, but if I do I will definitely always stick with Shelly.
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Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2015
Excellent Service!
Shelly provided excellent guidance when I went through my divorce. Professional, effective and responsive. I highly recommend her services.
Posted by Wendy | March 4, 2015
Great Lawyer
Shelly is a knowledgable competent lawyer. My main concern was perserving my niece/nephews inheritance. She was able to accomplish that and then some. She was very professional and answered all of my questions. She even set up paperwork for me to be able to complete a yearly filing on my own, although now that I know all that it entails, I would probably recommend her do it.
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Posted by Jennie | March 3, 2015
so understanding
My last lawyer took my money and ran. Shelly was so understanding and helped me feel safe and walked me through all the steps. Answered all my panicked phone calls. She did an amazing job.
Posted by Arin | March 3, 2015
Above her peers. True professional
Shelly Cooley represented me during my divorce. She met all my expectations and more. She made me feel very comfortable with the process and ensured I had all the knowledge throughout the whole ordeal. I couldn't have been happier with her representation.
Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2015
Kind, Prompt, Confident
I would definitely recommend Shelly Cooley to anyone in need of legal guidance. She was prompt, professional, easy to talk to, and thorough with my specific needs. I am happy that I chose to work with her.
Posted by Mary | February 24, 2015
Brilliant and Attentive
I couldn't be more pleased. Shelly is very knowledgeable, and attentive. Her extensive knowledge of family law made a difficult time in my life less difficult. She reassured me when needed, answered my never ending questions and listened closely to my concerns. She exceeded expectations in every way. Emotions run so high in family law, and of that she understands. Her calm and confident demeanor was so helpful inside and outside the courtroom. She is brilliant at what she does. She's fair, kind, and takes care of business. Dynamite comes in small packages.
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Posted by Desiree' | February 24, 2015
Nothing short of extraordinary!
Shelly was so incredibly helpful with my case. I had gone to another lawyer and they told me I would have to do most of the "leg work" to get the process done. She took my case on with great confidence and in the end got me everything I needed. She was very thorough in her research and methods of presenting the case to the judge and communicated very efficiently. I still receive Christmas cards from her after all these years too! I will definitely use her again if I need to and I reference her practice anytime anyone asks for a lawyer.
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Posted by Ann | February 24, 2015
My Adoption of My Great Grandson
Shelly Cooley was the most wonderful, caring and informative lawyer I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. My adoption went very fast and all my questions or concerns were taken care of so I could understand them.
Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2014
Excellent
Shelly provided us with not only top notch expertise, but also with compassion. She is an excellent attorney and I will recommend her services in the future.
Posted by Tina | June 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not honest about refunds
At my initial consultation I had inquired about the retainer. I asked at any time if we didn't go to court and there was remaining money left if the money would be refunded she stated yes. The night prior to the court case, my ex husband contacted me and stated he didn't want to go to court and wanted it resolved outside of court. Shelly did not even discuss this with me. When I asked she said: interesting. I immediately terminated her service. Because she had to go to court to withdraw herself, she charged me for it even though she didn't represent me. If I had known I would have had her represent me. To date, I have yet to receive any money back from her. Not at all trust worthy. She was not well informed about some domestic matters at all requiring assistance from another attorney. I have tried and tried to have my money returned and she is still has my money. NOT LEGAL.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney and Counselor at Law
  • The Cooley Law Firm
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney and Counselor at Law
  • Black & LoBello
  • 2004 - 2009
  • Law Clerk
  • Craig P. Kenny & Associates
  • 2002 - 2004

Education

  • University of Nevada Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • University of the Pacific
  • Multiple Subject Credential
  • 1996
  • University of California - Davis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Associations

  • State Bar of Nevada, LGBT Section
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Fertility Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Resolve: The National Infertility Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights, Family Law Advisory Council
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Family Law Section Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Nevada Justice Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • State Bar of Nevada, Family Law Section
  • Executive Council Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Nevada Family Law Report Newsletter
  • Editor
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of Nevada, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Certified Family Law Specialist
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • 2013
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award
  • William S. Boyd School of Law
  • 2004
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award
  • William S. Boyd School of Law
  • 2003
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Conference at Ely
  • Tools of the Trade
  • 2014
  • Family Law Conference at Ely
  • Civility ≠ Weakness: Ethics and Civility Review
  • 2013
  • Family Law Conference at Ely
  • Case Law and Legislative Update
  • 2012
  • Family Law Conference at Ely
  • Beyond the Plain Facts: Other Types of Custody Evidence (Identifying and Establishing NRS 124.480(4) Best Interest Factors
  • 2012
  • Family Law Conference at Ely
  • Discovery: Consultations, Preliminary Disclosures and the Financial Disclosure Form
  • 2011
  • Family Law Conference at Ely
  • 2011 Legislative Update: Family Law
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (1)
Family Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Shelly is a great attorney to work with! She is kind and intelligent. I often recommend her for surrogacy clients!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Shelly. We've had cases together. Shelly is forthright, intelligent, intuitive, professional, and excellent both in the Courtroom and outside of the Courtroom. She is someone I admire."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Shelly is a fierce counsel who is unafraid of taking on difficult and often contentious family law cases. Her ability to stay above the fray, and remain focused on task is a hallmark of her professionalism. Her clients benefit tremendously from her expertise."
Family Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Shelly is very knowledgeable and excellent to work with. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shelly is an excellent attorney and I have received nothing but positive feedback from clients I have referred to her."
Family Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Shelly is an exellent and highly experienced family law attorney. She does a great job representing her clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Hard working, very competent, excellent knowledge of the law."
Family Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shelly is an excellent family law attorney. Her years of experience and demeanor make her an asset to any family law case."
Family Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shelly is an effective advocate for her clients--and does so while maintaining high ethical standards and a high level of professionalism."
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Las Vegas Child custody Lawyer Shelly B. Cooley
Shelly B. Cooley
Child custody Attorney
Las Vegas, NV
Licensed for 18 years