Helen M. O'Shaughnessy

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Raleigh, NC

Wake Family Law Group
 | 4350 Lassiter at North Hills Ave, Suite 360
Raleigh, NC 27609
Phone: 919-694-8416
Fax: 919-787-4811
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009, 2011 - 2013
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

Focusing her practice exclusively on family law, Helen M. O'Shaughnessy is a partner at Wake Family Law Group, and she has been certified as a specialist in that area of the law by the North Carolina State Bar's Board of Legal Specialization. Highly regarded by her fellow professionals for her ethical approach to what are often very sensitive and emotional matters, she has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. In addition, Ms. O'Shaughnessy has been named to Business North Carolina magazine's annual Legal Elite list.

Located in Raleigh, Ms. O'Shaughnessy assists people throughout Wake County who are facing the end of their marriages and who are thus having to deal with such divorce-related legal issues as property division, child custody and visitation, and spousal and child support. Certified as a family financial mediator by the North Carolina Judicial Branch’s Dispute Resolution Commission, she often helps her clients reach an accord on some of these types of matters through the use of that alternative dispute resolution method. In addition to her divorce practice, Ms. O'Shaughnessy assists victims of domestic violence petition the court for appropriate protective orders. Her experience also includes grandparents' visitation and custody rights as well as LGBT family law issues. She has been admitted to practice before all North Carolina state courts since 1997.

Majoring in political science and anthropology, Ms. O'Shaughnessy attended Dickinson College as an undergraduate, and she received a Bachelor of Arts in 1994. Remaining in Pennsylvania, she pursued her legal education at Widener University Commonwealth Law School in Harrisburg, and she was awarded her Juris Doctor in 1997. A member of several legal organizations, Ms. O'Shaughnessy is a past chair of the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (100%): Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Marital Property

Focus Areas

Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Marital Property


Selected to Super Lawyers for 5 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 4 years

Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2009, 2011 - 2013

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About Helen O'Shaughnessy

Admitted: 1997, North Carolina

Professional Webpage: http://wakefamilylawgroup.com/family-law-divorce-attorneys/h...


  • North Carolina Super Lawyer, 2016 and 2017
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, North Carolina Rising Stars, 2009, 2011-2013
  • One of the Legal Elite in North Carolina for Family Law, Business North Carolina Magazine, 2007

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Family Financial Mediator, North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission, 2006
  • Board Certified Family Law Specialist

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member, Tenth Judicial District Bar Grievance Committee, 2012-2014
  • Member, Wake Collaborative Family Law Group
  • Co-chair, Continuing Legal Education for the Academy's Family Law Section, 2005-2006
  • Continuing Legal Education Chair for the Academy's Family Law Section, 2001-2002
  • Past Chair, Family Law section for the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 2004-2005
  • Secretary of the Family Law Council, North Carolina Bar Association, 2003-2004
  • Member, North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member, Wake County Bar Association
  • North Carolina State Bar, 1997

Educational Background:

  • Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1994
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Office Location for Helen M. O'Shaughnessy

4350 Lassiter at North Hills Ave
Suite 360
Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: 919-694-8416

Fax: 919-787-4811

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Last Updated: 8/23/2019

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