Lisa R. Shellenberger is a partner and lead litigator at Smith & Shellenberger, LLC, a highly recognized law firm that has multiple offices throughout Colorado. Lisa was named as a 2017 Super Lawyers Rising Star in the area of family law, and she was nationally ranked as a 2017 Top 10 Under 40 Family Law Attorney by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.
Lisa’s practice is devoted to helping families, children, and Indian Nations. She handles a variety of cases within the discipline of family law, which include divorce, child custody, step-parent adoption proceedings, modifications of child support/maintenance/parenting time, the Indian Child Welfare Act, dependency & neglect cases, guardianship actions, and grandparent or third party allocation of parental responsibilities cases.
Lisa is extremely involved in matters related to the Indian Child Welfare Act in Colorado, which is a federal law applied in some juvenile and domestic relations cases involving Indian children. Specifically, Lisa is a member of the Indian Child Welfare Act Sub-Committee of the Colorado Court Improvement Program, and she was selected by the Honorable Judge Donna Schmalberger to be part of the committee that is developing and implementing the Denver Indian Child Welfare Act Court, which is the third specialized court of its type in the United States. Lisa is also a member of the committee currently drafting revisions to the Colorado Children’s Code relating to the implementation and adherence to Indian Child Welfare Act.
Prior to coming on full-time with Smith & Shellenberger, LLC, Lisa served as a Clerk to Justice Nancy E. Rice at the Colorado Supreme Court. While working for Justice Rice, Lisa reviewed petitions for a writ of certiorari, researched the legal significance of the petitions, and made final written recommendations to the Justices as to whether the Court should accept or deny the petitions.
Lisa attended law school at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder where she received the “Excellence in Clinical Education Award.” Lisa completed her undergraduate degree at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, with honors. Lisa is an Oklahoma Native, and she is a member of the Choctaw Nation. Outside of work, Lisa is an outdoor enthusiast and fitness buff. She enjoys camping, hiking, mountain biking, dirt biking, and kayaking, and she is an enthusiast of many team sports as well. She enjoys partaking in these activities with her husband, Kyle Doman, and their two dogs.
United States District Court, District of Colorado, 2012
Oglala Sioux Tribal Court, 2012
Ute Indian Tribal Court, 2013
Southern Ute Indian Tribal Court, 2015
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Court, 2015