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Shelly Kay Perkins

Child custody Attorney at Clackamas, OR

4.8   108 reviews

Licensed for 25 years

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WHEN SETTLING IS NOT POSSIBLE, YOU WANT AN ADVOCATE WHO WILL STEP IN AND BATTLE HARD TO PRESERVE YOUR RIGHTS AND PROTECT YOUR FAMILY, PERKINS LAW WILL DO JUST THAT. UNDER OUR WATCH, NO ONE WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOU!
Shelly K. Perkins is the owner and primary lead attorney at Perkins Law, LLC, a thriving General Law Practice specializing in family law, criminal law, mediation services, employment law, business contract law, and estate planning. Shelly’s specialty in family law has seen her through the filing of hundreds of domestic relations cases and thousands of hours in the courtroom. Due to this experience, alongside her prior experience as a deputy district attorney, Shelly is able to provide a solid footing for her clients that face the unfortunate, yet inevitable, chaos that surrounds divorce, custody, parenting time, and support issues. Shelly’s business acumen, acquired during her dual undergraduate degrees in Business Management and Information Systems Analysis and applied during her multiple decade ownership of a small manufacturing business, lends itself well into complex divorces, business litigation, and contract formation.

She is an Oregon native, graduate of Portland State University, further graduate of Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, and member of the Oregon State Bar since 1997. As an avid tennis player, she is happy to apply her tenacious, aggressive, and confident nature to another court. She also enjoys reading and running.
 
 

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Licensed for 25 years
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 1997
Updated 12/11/2022

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Perkin Law, LLC
10121 SE Sunnyside Rd Ste 160
Clackamas, OR, 97015

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  108 customer reviews
Posted by Doug Jacobson | February 26, 2019
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Five starts is not enough for Shelly Perkins and her team
I want to be very clear on Shelly Perkins and Perkins Law Is the BEST. Her knowledge of law, judges, and crazy ability to organize and speak your truth is priceless. From the start to the finish this firm makes you feel confident and comfortable that you have the best team to get your custody/divorce process finished. I came to Shelly after being at a much more expensive and very reputable firm that did not seem to get things finished. From the start of my case with a hearing that had been filed wrong by the previous firm to the trial she got right to the point. From the start She told me what we needed every single evaluation/idea that made my case. Divorce and custody is no fun. Let a good fun team of lawyers with Perkins law make it much easier.
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Posted by Michael | June 29, 2018
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Consummate professional and expert
Shelly and her team were completely professional. She earned my trust and respect after what turned out to be just a brief time. I am completely confident that with her experience and expertise we would have prevailed had the situation lasted longer and gone to court.
Posted by Rebekah | January 16, 2023
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You want Shelly in your corner!
Shelly, was stellar! I originally hired her just to review the parenting plan and divorcee agreement we had drawn up with a different mediator. I'm so glad I did because Shelly pointed out a lot of oversights and disadvantages for me in the agreement and then she fought like a bulldog for me to get a fair settlement. I'd be in a much more challenging position if I hadn't had Shelly in my corner. Truly Grateful.
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Posted by tab | January 13, 2023
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great assistance
shelly was fantastic, she helped me navigate the ins and outs of divorce. her recommendations helped me make good decisions and move the process forward.
Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2022
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Excellent Guidance
Based on a recommendation from my son I met with Shelly and engaged her to represent me in a divorce. She was clear, direct and (as it turned out) spot on. Her guidance and advice gave me a clear understanding of the process -saving me $$ and resulting in a very reasonable outcome against a highly emotional and difficult adversary
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Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2022
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Very helpful!
Shelly and Jenni helped me develop an approach that worked for me and also addressed any concerns I had. They proactively provided me any insight and patiently led me through the process. They were responsive and efficient. I would hire Shelly and her team again.
Posted by Anna | May 20, 2022
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Rockstar
Shelly was by my side every step of the way. She and her team answered my millions of questions about the process with grace and patience. They made a rough process much more bearable. Shelly was knowledgeable, experienced and thorough. She is a rockstar!
Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2022
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The only lawyer you’ll need!
Shelly and her team were excellent to help me with my divorce!! I got a fair judgement and they were behind me every step of the way. I didn’t feel I had to rush into anything and was able to thoroughly consider my options. So valuable for divorce proceedings! Thanks all!
Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2022
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Gets it done
Shelly is the lawyer to hire when you want clear and rapid resolution. I hired her after meditation seemed to be dragging out for more than six months and parties seemed to be dragging their feet. With a swift and well-coordinated action, Shelly was able to get the other party moving and ultimately reach the resolution and outcome I was seeking. She is concise, organized and is not afraid to fight for her clients. She is also patient with clients and takes the time to explain complicated legal processes to help in decision making. I had no doubt that she would be able to strongly negotiate a favorable resolution for me and my family. I would absolutely hire her again in the same situation!
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Posted by Jaden | February 2, 2022
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Astute Family Lawyer
I have worked with Shelly three times now and received outcomes that have surpassed my expectations every time. She is very professional, has good energy and is very attentive. If you are looking for proficient representation and to rest assured knowing you are in good hands, full stop.
Posted by Brent | December 31, 2021
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Outstanding Attorney
Shelly and her legal team represented me through a mediation process that ended in divorce. I can't say enough good things about Shelly. She's smart, compassionate, tenacious and an excellent communicator. Her entire team prepared the discovery part of the case very thoroughly. Shelly strikes a good balance between giving legal options in the case, allowing input but ultimately managing the case direction. She advocated fiercely for my interests and at the same time worked collaboratively with the opposing counsel. During this process, she understood the emotional toll of divorce, she was compassionate and understanding when she needed to be. I couldn't have been more pleased with her and her entire legal team. I would say I would hire her again, but I hope not to go down this road again.
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Posted by G Worland | November 18, 2021
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Child Support Order
Took care of child support order that was poorly written from attorney that worte divorce. Tracked down and had ex served with new order in a very timely manner. Kept cost down with staff handling the grunt work yet would review when needed. Worth every dollar!!! Thank you.
Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2021
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Positive
It's been a great experience working with Shelly Perkins Law firm. Shelly was asset during my divorce and then again when my ex-husband taking me back over spousal support. Her experience and knowledge of the law and bold assertive demeanor provides comfort during difficult times. I would definitely hire her again. I'm very happy with the outcome and highly recommend Shelly Perkins
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Posted by James | September 27, 2021
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World Class Divorce Attorney
Shelly Perkins is a fantastic Lawyer. My wife hired the most expensive roughest firm i town. Shelly matched them toe to toe. In fact Shelly was better, smarter and quicker at a lower price. Shelly has a great support team of staff and attorneys. While attorneys are not cheap, shelly was worth every dime. Shelly does a great job explaining the law and letting you know upfront and throughout the process what generally will go your way and what will not based on her knowledge and experience. Rarely is she wrong. I must share. I was in a deposition and the attorneys left the room. The videographer who videos depositions for a living leaned over to me and said Shelly is the best attorney in action he has ever seen. You hired a good one, he said. While you don't ever want to go the full distance in divorce to trial, if you have to Shelly is your best choice. Go ahead ask her how many times she loses for her clients that listen to her, rare if ever.
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Posted by MERLE | September 3, 2021
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Amazed
I have written very few reviews and never thought I would write one for an attorney. However, I am still absolutely amazed at the speed, efficiency and above all effectiveness of her skills shown in handling my child custody and separation case. The outcome was much quicker and far better than I ever imagined. I would highly recommend her to anyone and will definately hire her again should a situation arise. I have hired dozens of attorneys for different issues over the past 30 years and in 3 short weeks she proved to me to be the very best there is. Selecting her to represent me was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I sincerely feel like I owe her more than I could ever repay. What a breath of fresh air... I can not say enough to describe my experience with her and her team of professionals. I wish her the very best. Merle Thomas
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Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2021
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Great asset the have on your side
Shelly was such an asset during my divorce. Her experience, knowledge of the law, and bold and assertive demeanor provided comfort during a difficult time. She was always professional and conducted herself with integrity. In times of urgency she made herself a available. I recommend Shelly to anyone going through a difficult divorce and/or custody battle.
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Posted by Allyne | May 15, 2021
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Professional
Shelly and all the team got me through this difficult time from protecting my restraining order against my Ex to Guiding me through the divorce process reaching an agreement great Communication, Professional
Posted by Judy | May 4, 2021
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Divorce
I was referred to Shelly Perkins by my sister and another close friend who used her in their divorces. After my consultation, I hired her on the spot. Shelly and staff are extremely knowledgeable, attentive and quick to answer my endless emails. Shelly gave me an honest outline on what to expect going through the spousal support stage and then finally into the divorce hearing. She handled every challenge from husband's team in a professional, gritty and commanding presence. She went toe to toe with his lawyer and did not back down to their constant objections. I can honestly say without Shelly, I believe the outcome would not have came out in my favor. I can't thank her enough.
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2021
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Client
Shelly Perkins and her entire staff were thorough, good communicators and represented all facts pertinent to the case facts in a timely manner. She did extensive research into facts supportive of the case. She arrives timely for all appointments, and is clear on my choices at each phase of the case. She was my advocate and easy to talk to. Thank you Perkins Team!
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Posted by Christy | January 30, 2021
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Thorough, Knowledgable, and Diligent!
I highly recommend!! Last year I found myself in a difficult situation and needed to acquire a legal separation quickly. Shelly was on top of it from beginning to end. She was quick to reply, answered any questions that arose, and explained every step of the way. I'm grateful to have found Shelly!
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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Uniform Trial Court Rules Committee
  • 2020 - Present
  • Managing Attorney & Owner
  • Perkins Law, LLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Associate
  • Garrison Law Group, LLC
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Clackamas County District Attorney
  • 1997 - 2000
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Education

  • Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996

Associations

  • Oregon Women Lawyers
  • Attorney Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Clackamas County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Attorney Member
  • 1997 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Best Divorce Lawyers in Gresham
  • Expertise
  • 2020
  • Client's Choice Award 2018
  • Avvo
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • Oregon Family Law Practice for Paralegals
  • Obtaining and Evaluating Financial Information
  • 2020

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (4)
Endorse Shelly
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I practice as a domestic relations attorney as opposing counsel against Shelly in the Tri-County area. I have handled several cases where Shelly represented the opposing party. In my experience she's a professional and tenacious advocate for her clients. I believe a more important skill she possesses is the ability to work with her clients and opposing counsel to help her clients avoid the substantial cost and risk associated with fully contested divorce and custody cases when the parties would be better off working toward a cooperative resolution. I endorse Shelly's skills and professionalism."
Family Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Ms. Perkins is a highly skilled family law attorney based in Clackamas, Oregon."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She is very experienced, well versed in the law and committed to resolving cases with her clients' best interests at heart. She is well thought of by the bench, and an accomplished litigator."
Family Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Shelly is a skilled advocate and fights hard for her clients. She is a true professional."
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Ms. Perkins on several cases and found her to be knolwedgeable and experienced. She works hard for her clients and acts professionally at all times."
Family Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Shelly due to her experience, integrity and knowledge in family law. She is highly regarded by her peers for good reason. She does an excellent job of advocating for her clients while maintaining professionalism in the legal community."
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Clackamas Child custody Lawyer Shelly Kay Perkins
Shelly Kay Perkins
Child custody Attorney
Clackamas, OR
Licensed for 25 years