My divorce was nearing trial and I was, unfortunately due to circumstances, pro-se. I foolishly believed I could handle exchanging of paperwork and determining a custody agreement. Foolishly. It seemed as if every question I was able to get answered by the petitioners side lead to a rapid fire of more questions. I was in WAY over my head. I called some family friends to get a recommendation for legal advice. Our family attorney Jon Cox referred me to “one of the best attorneys he knows”(quoting), Shelley Akamatsu. I called her as soon as I got the recommendation, six days before my pending trial. I could barely formulate a sentence. Immediately I sensed a deep sense of empathy and compassion from Ms. Akamatsu. “Just breathe” she said with the soothing voice of a mother or trusted friend. She was able to see me within 24 hours. I was just as frazzled entering her office, so dazed I walked right past her office, twice. Shelley kept me focused and was able to reel me back in when I began to panic. She gave invaluable legal advice as I was too late to retain her. I have since discovered she has represented another friend. She too had only rave reviews. My biggest regret in my divorce was not marrying the wrong man, it was not getting Shelley Akamatsu on retainer immediately. Professional, hardworking, moral, classy, strong, and a solid advocate for justice. She is a superhero in her own right. Highly recommend. She will be my go to for any legal questions, and on retainer, and should she not be able to solve any issues that may arise in the future I have faith she will get me in the proper hands.

    -Chasity S.

    Shelley worked for us during our sons divorce He is in the Navy and had to be in California we were in Texas we talked to her on phone and emails and she got us all thru it step by step. I would highly recommend her for any type of legal action.

    -Toni R.

    Shelley has been a major blessing! Navigating my divorce has been a challenging experience to say the least, but I was supported and guided each and every step of the way. She is tenacious, caring, responsive, ethical, trustworthy, understanding, and very hardworking! She has helped me through my messy divorce and has always offered the most knowledgeable advice and her professionalism is of the highest standards. I have been very privileged to have had her as my attorney. I would highly recommend Shelley to anyone seeking proper legal representation that has your best interest and isn’t intimidated by a difficult situation. Thank you Shelley!


    -BriAnna W.

    She has been on top of everything since day one. She’s always been an email away, making sure I understand everything that’s going on. Extremely compassionate and has never failed to keep me and my daughters best interest in mind. Highly, highly recommend.

    -Mikayla S.

    Shelley was amazing during my whole custody process. While I was going through a hard time she made it so easy for me to focus on myself while she took care of the rest. She was honest and treated me fair and was very respectful. I would recommend her to anyone. She took me on as a client and you could tell she genuinely cared about my situation. I am extremely grateful she was representing me!!!!!!!!!

    -Elliot R.