Devin C. Shanley
A lawyer can be many things, but the most important thing that I can do for my clients is be the calm voice that reminds them that everything will be okay. The path to improvement may be long and hard, but we can get there together. I will go the distance to share that moment with my clients, and possess the confidence and tools you need to find the right solution for you.
A Passion for People
While I was growing up in Northeast Wisconsin my father was a social worker for the county. As a result, I often heard about the importance of “family dynamics” and the significance each relationship can have in a person’s life. Today, I still respect this lesson by approaching every case as something beyond just a legal puzzle to solve. An understanding of who you are and what relationships need to be preserved is essential to finding the correct solution for you. This is a step beyond merely looking at the rights and responsibilities imposed by the law, and instead digging into your personal goals and background as they relate to your case.
A Commitment to Understanding
After graduating from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, I worked as a Coordinator of Religious Education and Youth Ministry at St. Agnes Parish in Green Bay, Wisconsin. However, my training at St. Norbert was in Political Science and so I approached my ministry at St. Agnes in a different way. My goal was to build a community of adults and volunteers to educate the young people of the parish. This position grew over the four years I was at the parish and soon I also assisted with education and pastoral programs including prayer services, wake services, and adult education events. Throughout this time I was honored to see the tragedies and triumphs of the parish families, while watching our program grow. They taught me the importance of listening and the value of understanding where a person is at in their life. It is a skill that I use every day when working to understand my clients and assisting each of them through the challenges they face. I use that understanding to counsel and advocate for my clients in order to help them attain their goals.
Taking the Fear Out of the Attorney-Client Relationship
Going to see an attorney can be a frightening prospect for many people. Typically, people only go to an attorney’s office when there is a major problem in their life that they do not know how to fix on their own. The problems and uncertainties I confront with my clients take on different forms for different people. For some it is putting together a plan to ensure the people and values my clients treasure are taken care of through emergencies, disabilities, or death. For other clients it is acting as a trusted, levelheaded advisor to help them through the twists and turns life can throw at all of us; forming the right strategy to allow the client to move forward with their life.
A Trusted Voice at Your Side
It is not unusual to feel isolated and confused when faced with a complex legal issue. The frustration of this can pull someone into a tailspin of anxiety and hopelessness. I will be the voice calling out through the darkness to prevent this from happening. I take the time to listen to my clients and discover the goals and fears they have in their life. It is this understanding of the hopes they have and the relationships that define them, that allow us to craft a solution to their problems together.
Areas of Practice: Estate Planning, Family Law, Business Law, Non-Profit Organization Law
Bar Admissions: State Bar of Wisconsin, Eastern Wisconsin Federal District Court, Western Wisconsin, Federal District Court
Education: St. Norbert College De Pere, WI, Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul. MN
Honors & Awards: BNI Green Bay Founders Chapter President, CALI Excellence for the Future Awards (given to the highest scoring student in each law school class – website www.cali.org/awards): Civil Procedure I, Constitutional Law I, Non Profit Organizations, Genetics Seminar, Trial Advocacy
Professional Associations: BNI (Green Bay Founders Chapter), Young Lawyers Section Wisconsin State Bar, Elder Law Section Wisconsin State Bar, Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Section Wisconsin State Bar, Brown County Young Lawyers Bar Association, Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association