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Lisa R. Shellenberger

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Denver, CO

Setter Roche Smith & Shellenberger, LLP
1860 Blake St, Suite 100
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-255-3588
Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2022
Licensed in Colorado Since: 2011
Practice Areas: Family Law, Native American Law
Attorney Profile

Lisa R. Shellenberger is a Managing Partner at Setter Roche Smith & Shellenberger, LLC, and she is an award-winning lead litigator. She is the Chairperson of the Family Law & Juvenile Law division at the firm. Ms. Shellenberger has been awarded the Super Lawyers Rising Star award in the area of family law for 5 years running: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. Ms. Shellenberger has also been recognized as the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. Additionally, in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021, Attorney Shellenberger has also been named as a Top 10 Attorney in Colorado the area of family law by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys for many years running. She serves clients primarily in the Denver metro area and northern Colorado.

Within her family law and juvenile law practice, Ms. Shellenberger is skilled in representing clients in divorce actions, child custody cases (allocation of parental responsibilities/APR), adoption proceedings, dependency & neglect cases, guardianship actions, maternity and paternity actions, modifications of child support and parenting time, grandparent visitation actions, and third party allocation of parental responsibilities cases. Ms. Shellenberger predominantly represents parties in highly contentious cases involving children affected by family disputes. She also is experienced in preparing prenuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements.

Ms. Shellenberger devotes a portion of her practice to Native American and tribal law. She is committed to serving Native American individuals and the Native American community on a local and national. Her work in this area of law has been mentioned in various national media outlets. Lisa's primary area of focus is matters related to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in Colorado. She is regarded as a leading specialist in the field of ICWA. ICWA often is applied in many dependency & neglect cases, adoption actions, guardianship actions, and some APR actions involving Indian children. Lisa is one of the most well-versed attorneys that actively represents clients in ICWA cases, and she is also often retained as a qualified expert witness (QEW) to evaluate and provide an expert opinion and report to the Court in ICWA cases. Lisa further serves on numerous ICWA judiciary committees for many state judicial districts in the front range, is an advisor to the Colorado State Courts Administrator’s Office on ICWA compliance, and she also is frequently asked to teach Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses to fellow attorneys and judges on the topic of ICWA and ICWA compliance. Lisa is also a member of the Committee established by the Colorado Courts system to draft the Indian Child Welfare Act Rules of Procedure.

In honor of her accomplishments in the legal profession, the National Association of Distinguished Counsel included Ms. Shellenberger on its “Top One Percent” list. For her work in family law, she has received awards from groups including the American Jurist Institute, the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, Attorney and Practice magazine and the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.

After graduating with honors from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, Ms. Shellenberger earned her law degree from the University Colorado Law School. Prior to joining Setter Roche Smith & Shellenberger LLP, she gained legal experience by clerking for a Colorado Supreme Court justice.

Practice Areas
  • 90%Family Law
  • 10%Native American Law
Focus Areas

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


6 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2017 - 2022

About Lisa R. Shellenberger

First Admitted: 2011, Colorado

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Opposing Viewpoints: Native Americans, “The Reasoning for and Purpose of the Bureau of Indian Affairs — Enlightening Journalist John Stossel.” Cengage Learning, April 2012


  • , Women of Distinction Honors Edition, 2019
  • , Attorney and Practice Magazine’s Top 10 Family Law Attorney, 2019
  • , Best of the Best Attorney’s Top 10 Family Law Attorney, 2019
  • , North American Family Law Attorney, 2019
  • , Premier Lawyers of America, 2019
  • , American Association of Attorney Advocates - Top Ranked Attorney, 2020
  • Top 100, American Academy of Attorneys Lawyers of Distinction, 2019
  • , Nation’s Top One Percent, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2019
  • , Colorado’s Top 10 Family Law Attorneys, Attorney and Practice Magazine, 2019 - 2020
  • , 10 Best Attorneys, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2017 - 2020
  • , Top Tier Lawyers, 2020
  • , Top 10 Family Law Attorneys, Colorado American Jurist Institute, 2017, 2019
  • , Lawyers of Distinction, 2019 - 2021
  • , Super Lawyers Rising Star, Family Law, 2017 - 2021
  • Client's Choice Award, Avvo, 2016
  • Distinguished Lawyer, Expert Network, 2017
  • , Top 10 Under 40 Family Law Attorney, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, Inc., 2017, 2019
  • , Excellence in Clinical Education Award, University of Colorado Law School

Educational Background

  • Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, Bachelor of Arts, with honors, 2007

Bar/Professional Activity

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

Pro bono/Community Service

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

Industry Groups

  • Tribal Entities
  • Tribal Governments
  • Tribal Members
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Office Location for Lisa R. Shellenberger

1860 Blake St
Suite 100
Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303-255-3588

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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