Shelby Outlaw, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., J.D.
Shelby was born and raised in East Tennessee and earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees at the University of Tennessee. She brings a wealth of life experiences, a precision for detail and the intellectual formation that uniquely qualify her to help persons caught in the crisis of divorce and other legal problems. She was awarded a Rotary International Fellowship and spent a year addressing civic and educational groups as a student ambassador while studying at the University of Poitiers in France. A resident of Atlanta since 1967, Shelby received her Ph.D. and J.D. degrees from Emory University. After teaching French language and literature at Emory, the issues she faced in her own divorce sparked the realization that she wanted to dedicate the rest of her life to championing the rights of people facing the personal trauma of divorce and other legal problems.
After only ten years in practice, Shelby won the largest legal malpractice jury verdict ($5.2 million dollars) in the state of Georgia’s history. Five years later, she established precedent for substantial actual and punitive damages for victims of fraudulent conveyances with a $4.1 million dollar verdict. Shelby has successfully defended these verdicts and many other judgments in the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Supreme Courts of Georgia and the United States.
Shelby believes her previous careers in advertising and education were a springboard to instant success in trial practice. “Winning lawsuits is a matter of educating and persuading the judge or the jury on the facts and the law that support our client’s position.” Shelby is rated 5.0 (AV), the highest rating accorded by Martindale Hubbell Law Directory. She is admitted to practice in all Georgia State Courts, the United States District Court and U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia and the Supreme Court of the United States. She is a member of the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, the Atlanta Trial Lawyers Society, the Atlanta Bar Association, the Dekalb Bar Association, and the State Bar of Georgia. She has been honored as a Fellow of the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia.