Shelly Perkins

Practice Emphases
Family Law, Divorce, Custody and Parenting Time, Mediation Services, Estate Planning, Business Contract Law, Criminal Law

Professional Experience
Shelly K. Perkins founded Perkins Law, LLC in August of 2010.  Prior to founding Perkins Law, LLC, Shelly worked as a Deputy District Attorney researching and preparing cases for trial, conducting hearings, and negotiating plea agreements.  In addition, Shelly practiced family law and provided legal support for two small businesses. Shelly’s specialty in family law has seen her through the filing of hundreds of domestic relations cases and countless hours in the courtroom.  Due to these prior experiences, Shelly is able to provide 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 and law firm, lends itself well into complex divorces, business litigation, and contract formation.

  • Portland State University, Portland, OR – B.S. Business Administration Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis – 1991
  • Portland State University, Portland, OR – B.S. Business Administration General Management – 1991
  • Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR – Juris Doctor – 1996
Professional Activities
Shelly was formally sworn in as a member of the Oregon State Bar in 1997.  She has been a member of the Multnomah and Clackamas County Bar Associations since 2011 and the Oregon Women Lawyers Association since 2016.  She is the founder, owner, and primary lead attorney at Perkins Law, LLC, a thriving General Law Practice.  Shelly previously served as a Deputy District Attorney for the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office.  Shelly has directly impacted the practice of family law through serving on the Uniform Trial Court Rules Committee for Oregon since 2020 and will continue until her term ends in 2025, which advises and recommends changes to the statewide rules for the circuit courts.  Shelly presented at the Oregon Family Law Practice for Paralegals in 2020 on obtaining and evaluating financial information.  In accordance with Oregon State Bar requirements, Shelly participates in continuing legal education throughout the state.  Shelly has attended, almost yearly, the statewide Family Law Conference in Sunriver which provides continuing legal education and up to date practices for attorneys.

2014-2018, 2020-2021 Recipient of the Client’s Choice Award through AVVO.

Shelly is an Oregon native who enjoys reading, running, and tennis.  As an avid tennis player, Shelly is happy to apply her tenacious, aggressive, and confident nature to another court. 

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