Lisa R. Shellenberger

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Denver, CO

Smith & Shellenberger, LLC
 | 11990 Grant Street, Suite 100
Denver, CO 80233
Phone: 303-255-3588
Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2011
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (70%),
  • Native American Law (30%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Lisa R. Shellenberger is a partner at Smith & Shellenberger, LLC, located in the Denver-metro area and in Fort Collins. Ms. Shellenberger focuses her practice on family law and also handles matters related to tribal law and federal Indian law. She represents clients in the Denver area and in Fort Collins, as well as other District Courts throughout Colorado. 

Over the course of her legal career, she has dealt with many family law-related matters, including divorce, allocation of parental responsibilities, adoption, child support, dependency & neglect, guardianships, paternity and maternity matters, restriction of parenting time, parental abduction actions, and more. Ms. Shellenberger is also well-versed in the special niche area of federal Indian law and tribal law. Along with being admitted to practice in all Colorado state courts and the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, she is admitted to appear before many tribal courts including the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Court, the Oglala Sioux Tribal Court, the Southern Ute Indian Tribal Court, and the Ute Indian Tribal Court.

Ms. Shellenberger is actively involved in various court initiatives and belongs to many court-related committees. Specifically, she is invovled in the Colorado Court Improvement Program’s Indian Child Welfare Act subcommittee where she works alongside many Colorado Court judicial officers to improve the Colorado Court system. She also was selected to be a part of a committee dedicated to organization of the Denver Indian Child Welfare Act Court. Ms. Shellenberger is also a part of a committee that is redrafting the Colorado Children's Code as it relates to compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Ms. Shellenberger has authored articles that have appeared in publications such as Cengage Learning. Her legal work has also been mentioned in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and the Washington Post and on National Public Radio.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, Ms. Shellenberger attended and graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder. Before entering private practice, she served as a clerk to Justice Rice for the Colorado Supreme Court. Ms. Shellenberger has been in private practice for five years at Smith & Shellenberger, LLC. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time in the outdoors with her husband, Kyle Doman, and their two dogs.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (70%): Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Paternity

Native American Law (30%)

Focus Areas

Family Law: Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Paternity


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Rising Stars: 2017 - 2018

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About Lisa Shellenberger

Admitted: 2011, Colorado

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Honors and Awards:

  • Distinguished Lawyer, Expert Network, 2017
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney in Colorado, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2017
  • Top 10 Under 40 Family Law Attorneys Nationally, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2017
  • Client's Choice Award, Avvo, 2016
  • Excellence in Clinical Education Award, University of Colorado Law School
  • Rising Star Award, Super Lawyers, 2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Denver County District Court, Indian Child Welfare Act Court Program, 2017
  • Colorado Children's Code Revision Project, Indian Child Welfare Act Statute, 2017
  • Adams County Court Improvement Program, Indian Child Welfare Act, 2017
  • Adams County District Court Best Practices Committee, Indian Child Welfare Act , 2016
  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2016
  • Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Court, 2015
  • Southern Ute Indian Tribal Court, 2015
  • Ute Indian Tribal Court, 2013
  • Oglala Sioux Tribal Court, 2012
  • United States District Court, District of Colorado, 2012
  • Colorado, 2011

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Family Law Day Pro Bono Clinic, Jefferson County Combined Courts, 2016
  • Ask-a-Lawyer Pro Bono Clinic, Jefferson County Combined Courts, 2016

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • OPPOSING VIEWPOINTS: NATIVE AMERICANS, “The Reasoning for and Purpose of the Bureau of Indian Affairs — Enlightening Journalist John Stossel.” Cengage Learning, April 2012

Educational Background:

  • Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, Bachelor of Arts, with honors
Office Location for Lisa R. Shellenberger

11990 Grant Street
Suite 100
Denver, CO 80233

Phone: 303-255-3588


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Last Updated: 10/10/2017

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